This vegan chocolate pudding with nutty, creamy tahini and warming baharat spice is rich in flavor, lightly sweet and indulgent. Equally delicious for a date-night dinner or a lazy movie night in, this easy dessert recipe takes just one pot and 10 minutes of hands-on time!

An overhead photo of two bowls of vegan chocolate pudding garnished with sliced fresh strawberries.
Photo Credits: Mark Beahm

Vegan desserts have an undeserved reputation for lacking flavor or requiring specialty ingredients to compensate for the missing dairy and eggs. But like our vegan chocolate tahini date bars, this vegan chocolate pudding proves all you need is a few strategic (and easy-to-find) ingredient swaps! Creamy and decadent, it’s just as indulgent and even more flavorful than the classic. And, with no egg yolks to temper, it's easier and faster too!

Like chocolate, tahini has an earthy, slightly bitter flavor. The toasted sesame paste complements the chocolate’s roasted, nutty flavors, and its natural oils add body and creaminess. Almond milk subtly builds on the nutty flavor. 

The surprise star here, though, is the Baharat spice! The complex blend of paprika, cinnamon, cardamom, coriander, nutmeg, allspice, and more lends warm comfort to the chocolate and tahini, giving it a very grown-up feel.

To achieve an extra chocolatey flavor, I combine both cocoa powder and melted chocolate. Made from finely ground cocoa solids, cocoa powder adds a deep, rich intensity. Melted chocolate is mellower but contains more cocoa butter, giving the pudding a lush texture without any heavy cream necessary!

Table of Contents
  1. Ingredients for Tahini Chocolate Pudding
  2. What is Tahini?
  3. What is Baharat?
  4. How to Make Tahini Chocolate Pudding
  5. How to Store Vegan Chocolate Pudding
  6. How to Serve Tahini Chocolate Pudding
  7. More Vegan Dessert Recipes
  8. Vegan Chocolate Pudding with Tahini Recipe
Ingredients for tahini chocolate pudding including cocoa powder, sugar, cornstarch, baharat spice blend, salt, almond milk, chocolate and tahini.

Ingredients for Tahini Chocolate Pudding

This tahini chocolate pudding has a simple ingredient list that includes two kinds of chocolate and a surprise addition of Baharat spices for a rich, spiced chocolate flavor.

  • Cocoa powder: You can use either natural or Dutch-process cocoa. Natural cocoa powder has a sharper, often fruitier flavor, while Dutch-process has a mellower, darker flavor.
  • Sugar: A small amount of granulated sugar lightly sweetens the pudding and balances the bittersweet flavors of the chocolate and tahini.
  • Cornstarch: Cornstarch thickens the pudding so it’s creamy and smooth without making it too thick or gel-like.
  • Baharat spice blend: Adds warming, spicy, and slightly savory notes, giving this chocolate pudding a grown-up flavor. You can find Baharat in our online shop or in Middle Eastern and North African Markets. If you can't find it, you could also substitute cinnamon, but I recommend picking some up. It's really a beautiful spice blend to use in sweet and savory recipes.
  • Salt: A large pinch of kosher salt not only enhances the flavors but also gives a subtle salted chocolate note.
  • Almond milk: The nutty creaminess from almond milk works wonderfully with the chocolate and tahini. For a sweeter pudding, you can also use oat milk, though homemade oat milk may thicken too much.
  • Semisweet chocolate: 60% cacao is the sweet spot between bitter and sweet. To keep this pudding vegan, make sure to choose a chocolate with no added dairy. My favorite is Guittard.
  • Tahini: Adds richness to the pudding without using cream or egg yolks. 
A jar of Soom tahini.

What is Tahini?

Tahini is a creamy and nutty paste made from roasted sesame seeds. Its slightly bitter, savory, nutty flavor pairs beautifully with chocolate in pudding, chocolate chip cookies and more. Think of it as the Mediterranean version of peanut butter cups! 

For this recipe, I like a silky, runny tahini, like Soom from our shop. You can also look for tahini in the international section of your grocery store. For a deeper dive on all things tahini and how to find the best quality, check out our guide: What is Tahini?

baharat spice blend from the mediterranean dish.

What is Baharat?

Baharat is a warming blend of spices like cinnamon, paprika, coriander, and cardamom. It gives this pudding a spiced chocolate flavor and an element of surprise. Learn more in our guide: All About Baharat: The Warming, Spicy, Sweet-And-Savory Wonder Spice.

You can sometimes find baharat in the spice section of your grocery store. Or you can order our favorite baharat blend from our shop

How to Make Tahini Chocolate Pudding

This vegan chocolate pudding is a ten-minute, one-pot wonder. The hardest part is waiting for the pudding to chill, but thankfully it’s also delicious warm! 

  • Combine the dry ingredients and almond milk: In a medium cold saucepan, whisk together ¼ cup cocoa powder, ¼ cup granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, ½ teaspoon baharat, and ¼ teaspoon kosher salt. Pour in 2 cups unsweetened almond milk and whisk until the dry ingredients have dissolved completely.An overhead photo of pudding beginning to cook in a pot. Next to this is a whisk on a plate.
  • Cook the pudding: Set the pan over medium heat and bring the pudding to a boil, whisking constantly. Once it comes to a boil, continue cooking and whisking for 1 more minute. Take the pan off the heat.
  • Add the chocolate and tahini: Add 4 ounces of chopped chocolate or chocolate chips and ⅓ cup tahini. Stir until the chocolate has melted and the tahini is fully combined. The pudding should be smooth and glossy.An overhead photo of the the chopped chocolate and tahini being stirred into vegan chocolate pudding with a whisk.
  • Chill: Pour the pudding into individual ramekins or a large serving bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and press the plastic directly onto the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until the pudding has set and is thoroughly chilled, about 2 hours. An overhead photo of 6 bowls of vegan chocolate pudding.
  • Serve: Serve the pudding cold, garnished with fresh berries and a generous drizzle of tahini.An overhead photo of 2 bowls of vegan chocolate pudding garnished with sliced fresh strawberries. Next to these are bowls of tahini and baharat spice blend, as well as a plate with more strawberries.

How to Store Vegan Chocolate Pudding

The pudding can be made ahead and kept, covered with plastic wrap, in the refrigerator for up to four days.

A close up of a bowl of vegan chocolate pudding garnished with sliced fresh strawberries with a spoon next to it.

How to Serve Tahini Chocolate Pudding

This tahini chocolate pudding is creamy and indulgent all on its own, but it's also a great base for piling on garnishes. I like to add a small handful of fresh berries with an extra drizzle of tahini and a sprinkle of chocolate shavings and toasted sesame seeds. 

Toasted sesame seeds, flaky sea salt, chopped toasted nuts, sugared cranberries, or candied orange peels would all be excellent additions as well. The rich, bittersweet flavor pairs exceptionally well with an after-dinner espresso or even a carajillo.

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Vegan Chocolate Pudding with Tahini

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An overhead photo of 2 bowls of vegan chocolate pudding garnished with sliced fresh strawberries. Next to these are bowls of tahini and baharat spice blend, as well as a plate with more strawberries.
This vegan chocolate pudding is with nutty tahini and warming baharat spice is just as decadent as a classic chocolate pudding with even more depth of flavor. And, with no egg yolks to temper, it's as easy as it gets! Make this spiced chocolate pudding for a date night in, anniversary, or just a special treat to get over a mid-week slump.
Prep – 5 minutes
Cook – 5 minutes
Chilling Time 2 hours
Total – 2 hours 10 minutes
Cuisine:
American/Mediterranean
Serves – 6 to 4
Course:
Dessert

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ cup (25g) cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon baharat spice blend
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups (480g) unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 ounces (113g) vegan semi sweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate (I like 60%)
  • cup (85g) tahini

Instructions
 

  • Combine the dry ingredients and almond milk: In a medium cold saucepan, whisk together the cocoa powder, granulated sugar, cornstarch, baharat, and salt. Pour in the almond milk and whisk until the dry ingredients have dissolved completely.
  • Cook the pudding: Set the pan over medium heat and bring the pudding to a boil, whisking constantly. Once boiling, continue to cook, stirring, for 1 more minute. Take the pan off the heat.
  • Add the chocolate and tahini: Add the chopped chocolate and tahini and stir until the chocolate has melted and the pudding is fully combined and smooth.
  • Chill: Pour the pudding into individual ramekins or a large serving bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic directly onto the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate the pudding until set and thoroughly chilled, about 2 hours.
  • Serve: Serve the pudding cold, garnished with fresh berries and a generous drizzle of tahini.

Notes

  • Storage: The pudding can be made ahead and kept, covered with plastic wrap, in the refrigerator for up to four days.
  • Visit our shop to browse quality Mediterranean ingredients including olive oils, honey, jams, and spices.

Nutrition

Calories: 251.1kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 4.6gFat: 15.8gSaturated Fat: 5.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3.8gMonounsaturated Fat: 5.5gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 1.1mgSodium: 213mgPotassium: 223.1mgFiber: 3.8gSugar: 15.4gVitamin A: 18.4IUVitamin C: 0.6mgCalcium: 135.3mgIron: 2.3mg
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Mark learned to bake professionally at Two Fat Cats Bakery in Portland, Maine and was most recently the head baker at Hjem Kensington, a Danish café in London. He lived in Barcelona and Madrid for six years, before moving to London and then back to the States. He is fascinated by the intersection of food, culture, and science. He has been developing recipes for home bakers for three years and began writing for The Mediterranean Dish in 2022.

When he’s not in the kitchen, he spends his time traveling, knitting, and learning to throw pottery.
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  1. 5 stars
    Just made this today and it is really good!! Very easy to make. I used cinnamon as I did not have the other spice on hand and can’t have sugar so I substituted with monk fruit. I’ve been searching for an easy really good chocolate pudding and have finally found it!! Thank you Suzy!!!

    1. Sorry, just realized Mark submitted this recipe! I didn’t realize this was four servings per recipe (as someone replied from TMD. I thought it was 6-4 ounce servings.)

  2. Hi, I am unfortunately allergic to sesame, so cannot use tahini. I was wondering what I could use instead of tahini in this recipe?

  3. Hi, just wondering which is correct measurement as sugar and cocoa both say 1/4 cup but one is 25g and one is 50g.
    Thanks

    1. Hi, Julie! I'm Summer and I work here at the Mediterranean dish. Both the volume and the weight measurements are correct. Sugar weighs more than cocoa, which is why the volume measurement of 1/4 cup of sugar weighs more than the same volume measurement of cocoa. 1/4 cup of sugar weighs 50 g, and 1/4 cup of cocoa weighs 25 g. I hope that helps clear it up.

      1. Hi, Kellie! This recipe is pretty low in sugar already. It serves 4, which means there is only 1 tablespoon of sugar per serving, so about 48 calories. I haven't made this recipe with a sugar substitute, but I would imagine you could use stevia or if you are looking for something less processed honey would work, but if you need to keep it vegan you could use maple syrup. Good luck. If you make a swap and try it out please let us know how it goes.