Healthy Chocolate Pudding Snack

Need a chocolate fix? This chocolate snack tastes rich and chocolaty, but it’s just Greek yogurt, cocoa powder and maple syrup. And it’s made in 2 minutes!

Healthy chocolate snack

Want a chocolate fix? Have we got one for you! This one I invented by chance, and it’s not really even a recipe! I stir it together when I get a chocolate craving in the evenings, and I don’t even measure. Here’s the great part: it tastes just like dark chocolate pudding! But it’s only Greek yogurt, dark cocoa powder, and maple syrup. So, you weirdly get the protein and probiotics of yogurt while getting your chocolate fix. Even better, you can make it in 2 minutes! My mom tried it recently and said, “You HAVE to share this!” If you’re a dark chocolate lover like we are, keep reading.

Healthy chocolate snack

Let’s clear some things up. What’s a healthy chocolate snack?

First of all: what does the term healthy even mean? We used it to modify this “chocolate snack” because it’s healthier than most chocolate treats. But healthy is a hard word to define. If you really want something healthy, eat a salad! But if you need your chocolate fix, this chocolate pudding is indeed a healthier option than most. Here’s why:

  • It’s got lots of protein (8 grams). Here’s why I prefer this snack to eating a bar of chocolate or chocolate cake. It has lots of protein: 8 grams in a serving! Alex and I have been working out more and protein is helpful for building muscle and staying strong.
  • You can enjoy the probiotics of yogurt. The probiotics in yogurt are helpful for gut health. You don’t get that from a cupcake!
  • It’s 198 calories (or eat half for less!). I like that this chocolate snack is a reasonable amount of calories! Alex and I don’t count or restrict calories. But I wanted to make sure my “healthy” chocolate snack wasn’t loading on 500 calories in the evenings. To cut down more, you can eat half and it’s still enough.
  • It’s naturally sweet, but it does contain sugar! While maple syrup is not refined sugar, guess what? It still contains sugar! This chocolate snack is not sugar free.
Chocolate snack
Yes, this is my secret chocolate obsession.

Use Dutch processed / dark cocoa powder!

Here’s the most important thing about this chocolate snack recipe. YOU MUST USE DARK COCOA POWDER! Please tell us you read that? I’ll say it again in normal case now. That’s right, please use dark cocoa powder, also known as Dutch process cocoa powder or Dutched cocoa. The package may also say “100% cocoa”.

What is it? Dutch process cocoa powder is essentially like a dark chocolate version of cocoa powder. It’s been treated with an alkali to make it pH neutral, which gives it a darker color and milder flavor. The dark cocoa powder is what gives this snack its dark chocolate flavor. I’ve tried it with regular cocoa powder and it’s not nearly the same flavor: it almost tastes fruity. The dark cocoa is what combines with the maple syrup to taste like chocolate. Please heed this advice!

Dutch process vs regular cocoa powder
Here’s the color difference between Dutch process and regular cocoa powder.

Where to buy Dutch process or dark cocoa powder?

You should be able to find dark chocolate or Dutch process cocoa powder for this chocolate snack at your local grocery store, next to the regular cocoa powder. Here are the two brands I’ve used and liked:

  • Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder: This is the one that’s easiest to find at groceries, but here’s a link for it online. (I may have stocked up on 4 containers.)
  • Ghiradelli Dutch Process Cocoa Powder: This one is much more expensive, but we tried it when I ran out of Hershey’s once. WOW is the flavor rich and delicious! If you have the budget, use this one for the highest quality chocolate snack experience. (Ha!)
Chocolate snack

My chocolate snack obsession

This post is oddly personal, because I eat this a lot as my “secret” late night snack. So now the cat’s out of the bag! I was absolutely not going to share it here, on my professional recipe website. However: my mom was visiting and saw me whipping this up. We’re both dark chocolate fiends. She eats dark chocolate every single day. And when she tried this, she could not stop talking about it.

You have to share the recipe! she urged me. People are going to love this! So though it’s more of an idea than a recipe, and I never measure it, I unveil my secrets to getting your dark chocolate fix. In a healthy-ish manner. If you’re a dark chocolate lover, let us know if you try our healthy chocolate pudding and what you think. (If not, I’ll just be eating it between 9 and 10 pm watching Netflix.)

Healthy chocolate pudding

Wait, did you want real chocolate?

We’ve got that too. Here are a few favorite chocolate recipes that could count as a chocolate snack:

This chocolate snack recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, naturally sweet and refined sugar free. We make a lot of plant based recipes around here, but we don’t recommend trying it with vegan yogurt (sorry!). Go to Vegan Chocolate Pudding instead.

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Healthy chocolate snack

Healthy Chocolate Pudding Snack

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x


Need a chocolate fix? This chocolate snack tastes rich and chocolaty, but it’s just Greek yogurt, cocoa powder and maple syrup. And it’s made in 2 minutes!




  1. Mix everything together in a bowl. It will be very thick at first, but it will smooth out once the cocoa powder incorporates. If your yogurt is very thick, you can add 1/2 to 1 tablespoon water to get a bit lighter texture, but all yogurts vary. (Also, you can always add a little more cocoa powder or maple to adjust to your own taste.)


*The secret to this recipe is the dark cocoa powder! It is also called Dutch process cocoa powder and can be found at most grocery stores. Don’t buy the regular kind! See the section above for more about what it is and where to find it.

**We have not been able to find a dairy-free yogurt that we like, so we don’t recommend trying a vegan version of this. If you’d like, try our Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse for something similar.

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: Chocolate Snack, Yogurt Recipe, Yogurt Pudding, Healthy Chocolate Pudding

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    Jessica Flory
    January 22, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    This looks amazing!! Do you think raw cacao powder would work well?

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      January 22, 2020 at 7:49 pm

      We haven’t tried it, let us know if you do!

  • Reply
    January 22, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    What about a dairy free option? Coconut yogurt?

    • Reply
      Sonja Overhiser
      January 22, 2020 at 7:51 pm

      Hi! We have a note in the post: we don’t recommend any dairy free yogurt because we haven’t found a brand we like! You are welcome to try it, but we’re not sure it would have the same flavor. We do have a vegan chocolate pudding if you’re looking for something like it:

  • Reply
    January 22, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    Just made this for dessert this evening – such a great idea and so yummy! I made with non-fat Greek yogurt because that’s what I had but topped with a Tbsp of mini chocolate chips!

  • Reply
    January 23, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    This is also good with cottage cheese instead of Greek yogurt! The cottage cheese can be blended if texture is an issue. No probiotics, but still a ton of protein!

  • Reply
    Carmen A. Lopez
    January 24, 2020 at 11:03 am

    I just saw the price with the link you have here with Amazon the price is outrageous Target and Wal-Mart has it at half or less . :-)

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    Carmen A. Lopez
    January 24, 2020 at 11:07 am

    Wal-Mart for Ghirardelli Premium Baking Cocoa 100% Cocoa Dutch Process Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – 8 oz. $3.98.

  • Reply
    January 24, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    Could you make this with nonfat plain Greek yogurt?

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      January 24, 2020 at 1:10 pm

      Yes, it will just be a little less creamy.

  • Reply
    January 28, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Forager makes delicious cashewmilk yogurt:

  • Reply
    September 20, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    I wonder if this could be processed in an ice cream maker to make “ice cream”?

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      September 21, 2020 at 9:06 am

      We haven’t tried it, but I think it’s a brilliant idea!

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