Chili Dark Chocolate Pudding
Chili Dark Chocolate Pudding

I’ve always been one of those people who really likes Valentine’s Day. I like it all. I like the pink and red and glitter and balloons and chocolates and cheesy stuffed animals and Power Rangers valentines and the candy hearts and the flowers—all of it. I know the arguments against it. It’s just a holiday made up to make the greeting card companies money (maybe). You should celebrate the people you love everyday (totally). Life is about more than just romantic love (absolutely). But keeping those things in mind, I find it really hard to find fault with a day that is meant to celebrate love. I mean, what’s wrong with that? Even when I was woefully (even maybe painfully) single, I still loved Valentine’s Day. A day I get to spread love with wild abandon? Sign me up.

Vegan Chocolate Pudding - Chili Dark Chocolate Pudding

I guess part of my love for Valentine’s Day (or ValenTIME’s Day, which is what I thought it was a kid) is that I have a nice, broad definition of what should be celebrated on February 14th—love of any kind. Romantic love, sure, but also love of your children, of your parents, of your friends, of your pets, even of yourself! Even if you aren’t in a relationship, I urge you to celebrate all the loves of your life this Valentine’s Day.

Chili Dark Chocolate Pudding - Vegan Chocolate Pudding

It probably comes as no shock that one of my favorite ways to show my love for those closest to me is to shower them with delicious, yummy food. I think one of the kindest and most thoughtful gifts I can give to my loved ones is food that nourishes their soul and their body, like this totally decadent, totally rich chocolate pudding—that also happens to be totally vegan and free of any added sugar.

Chili Dark Chocolate Pudding - Vegan Chocolate Pudding

This dessert is intensely rich and chocolately, so much so, I recommend serving it up in small portions in a two-ounce shot glass (like these)—it’s the perfect amount of sweet treat to end a wonderful Valentine’s Day meal, without making you feel like you ate enough sugar to fill a candy factory. I love mini desserts, especially if it’s as rich and decadent as this vegan chocolate pudding is.

Chili Dark Chocolate Pudding - Vegan Chocolate Pudding

The key to getting this pudding so velvety smooth (without any animal products) is a partnership between Medjool dates and Silk® Cashewmilk. By soaking dates in boiling water to soften, and then blending them with irresistibly creamy Cashewmilk, you get a super smooth and luscious pudding—without a drop of cow’s milk or cream. Since I had to give up dairy a few months back, I’ve tried a lot of different types of nut and grain milks, and I have to say, Silk® Cashewmilk is definitely a contender for my favorite of the bunch. It’s creamy and smooth, and has a nice mild taste—it really does work well as a substitute for low fat cow’s milk. I also love that Silk® Cashewmilk is readily available at my local supermarket, so no running to a health food store to pick up specialty milk. I’m so happy to see other non-dairy milks, like Silk® Cashewmilk, showing up in the dairy case!

However you choose to celebrate, I hope you have an absolutely wonderful Valentine’s Day and get to spend it celebrating love with the people you love the most. Enjoy!

Vegan Chili Dark Chocolate Pudding

Vegan Chili Dark Chocolate Pudding

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

This deeply rich and decadent vegan chocolate pudding is made using dates and Silk® Cashewmilk—no added sweeteners and no animal products!


  • 2 cups pitted Medjool dates (about 20 dates)
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup plain Silk® Cashewmilk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Pack the dates tightly into a narrow heat-proof container (like a small glass measuring cup). Pour the boiling water over the dates, and let soak for 10-15 minutes, or until the dates are very soft.
  2. Place the dates, water, Silk® Cashewmilk, cocoa powder, vanilla, cayenne, cinnamon and salt in the basin of a high-speed blender. Blend on high until the mixture is very smooth and no date chunks remain.
  3. Spoon the pudding into four serving dishes and then refrigerate until cold and thick, about 90 minutes.


Prep time does not include chilling time.

This amount of cayenne lends for just a tiny bit of a kick in the aftertaste, if you like a spicier pudding, up the amount.

You'll be tempted to add sweetener, but the dates are plenty sweet on their own—I promise!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 359Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 36mgCarbohydrates: 91gFiber: 10gSugar: 76gProtein: 4g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

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  1. drooling over this no sugar added dessert. Unfortunately, we have a nut allergy in the house so I can’t make it, but a girl can dream (and drool).

  2. I love your approach to monetizing your blog (and your monthly reports). On other blogs I generally skip over sponsored posts but not on yours. I love that I can trust that you only post about products you really believe in and would use for you and your family. Thanks! P.S. This looks delicious!

  3. Oh…my…gosh. This looks so heavenly. I just want to reach through the screen and grab that from you :).

  4. Gosh you’re creative! Reminds me of all the Lindt chocolate bar flavours that I look at quizzically but end up enjoying. This pudding looks so rich and chocolatey and your photos are just gorgeous with the bright chilli peppers !

  5. I love Silk Almond milk, but never tried their cashew milk! I need to look and see if my store carries it. Sounds yummy though! This recipe sounds delicious, and I agree, we don’t really need a heaping dessert when there really isn’t space in your stomach for it after dinner.

  6. Another great recipe post! Quick question – my gorcery store never has Silk Cashew, but we buy Silk Almond all the time. Do you think the Almond version would work? If so we buy both unsweetended and vanilla, which would you use?


    1. Almond might work, although, admittedly, it isn’t as creamy as the cashewmilk. Either the unsweetened or vanilla would work. 🙂