• Self-saucing chocolate puddings (Petrina Tinslay)Source: Petrina Tinslay
The case for making chocolate pud an everyday food.
18 Jun 2020 - 1:55 PM  UPDATED 18 Jun 2020 - 1:55 PM

Norman Lindsay nailed it in 1918 with his book The Magic Pudding. A chocolate pudding that replenishes itself no matter how many times it gets eaten is a pudding worth fighting for.

Fact is, it's not just Albert (yes, the pudding has a name) who has magical powers. All chocolate puddings are magic.

When you're feeling low or stressed or hurried or pressed, chocolate pudding makes everything better. Our guts instinctively know to reward our brains with a huge rush of happiness whenever chocolate pudding is on the menu.

Pudding is everything we loved about childhood and everything we crave as adults.

Eating pud is like wrapping our insides in a cosy rug, cuddling with a loved one and watching the fire dance as the rain beats against the frosty windows. Pudding is everything we loved about childhood and everything we crave as adults.

The good news is, you won't need a pudding that replenishes itself when all of these versions are so easy to make. Whatever you're up to and however you're feeling, there's a chocolate pudding for that.

Pudding for breakfast

Tsamporado is often enjoyed for breakfast.

Tsamporado is a Filipino's favourite way to start the day and we are here for that. Cocoa, vanilla and sugar are used to flavour rice, then dark chocolate is sprinkled on top and drizzled with condensed milk for extra sweetness. Sometimes tuyo, a type of dried fish, is mixed into the pudding to balance the sweetness. Definitely worth experimenting with that... 

Breakfast chocolate mousse

The dish that started it all. There I was, perched on my kitchen bench, savouring each spoonful like it was a gift from above, and it hit me… this dessert is totally acceptable to eat for breakfast!

Pudding for morning tea

It's not only the Filipinos who turn rice into chocolate pudding magic, the Greeks have their own version in rizogalo. Rizogalo is traditionally flavoured with honey and cinnamon, but in this version, chocolate adds richness and depth. The combination of chocolate and cinnamon is like eating a reassuring hug.

Pudding to take away

Sometimes we need comfort on the go, which is where these little chocolate pudding jars come in very handy. This recipe proves just how magical chocolate pud can be. The puds are baked directly in the jars and boiling water transforms into a rich sauce to moisten the cakey pudding. Allow to cool, screw on a lid and out you go, with a soulful jar packed and ready to tuck into when needed.

Pudding for lunch

Wattleseed is a rich source of protein, potassium, iron, calcium and zinc, which surely makes this wattleseed pudding a sensible choice for lunch. Thanks to this Indigenous ingredient, the pudding also has a delicious coffee-like aroma and a nutty, spicy flavour that is really satisfying.

Chocolate and chestnut fondant

Fondants were one of the first desserts I mastered after going gluten free. Oh my goodness, the joy of sinking a spoon into something that was both cake and sauce! Chestnut flour makes the little puddings seem more chocolatey. There is nothing tricky about these – just prepare your moulds carefully and keep checking on the fondants as they cook. You can prepare them up to 24 hours in advance and keep them in the fridge until you are ready to bake and serve – just add a couple of minutes to the baking time if cooking from chilled.

Warm chocolate and amaretto pudding (budino al cioccolato e amaretto)

A simple, old-fashioned chocolate pudding, which can be served either warm or chilled and is very easy to prepare. The addition of amaretto liqueur in this recipe gives it a bit of a kick but not too much. A perfect dessert to serve when you are in the mood for a little romance!

Pudding for health kicks

Just because you've vowed to steer clear of refined sugar, wheat and dairy (generally the essentials of most chocolate pudding recipes), doesn't mean you have to miss out. This chocolate avocado pudding is every bit as silky and indulgent as other puds. Don't let anyone tell you differently...

Pudding for the gluten free

It would be a very sad thing indeed if a gluten intolerance meant you had to miss out on chocolate pudding. These darling flourless chocolate pots are just what you need. Every bit as luxe as regular pudding, only far easier on the tum.

Gluten-free pumpkin brownie pudding with peanut butter sauce

Two chocolate favourites comes together to make one decadent hybrid dessert, with a sweet and salty sauce to top it all off.

Chocolate pudding cups

Lucky these rich, oozing chocolate puddings come in individuals serves, as they're too good to share!

Pudding for brownie lovers

When is a brownie not a brownie? When it's served warm and oozy with a ton of cream or ice cream, that's when. Morph your favourite brownie into fudgy chocolate puddings with Donna Hay's recipe. Raspberries add plenty of zing to cut through layers of dark chocolate and cocoa.

Pudding for a pick-me-up

Dreams are made of this...

Adding coffee to chocolate brings out its flavour. Which makes this chocolate self-saucing pudding off-the-scale for indulgence. It's exquisitely dark and sumptuous, with more than a hint of bitterness from the generous dose of coffee added to the mix.

Pudding for the saucy

You have to hand it to a pudding that makes its own sauce while the cake cooks. Many of the puds suggested here are 'self-saucing', but none do it quite as well as these molten chocolate puddings. A crisp outside gives way to a soft cake that oozes thick chocolate sauce to coat the lot.

Pudding to surrender the day

Self-saucing chocolate puddings

You know that lovely sigh we all release when it's the end of a long day and everyone is fed, everything is in its place and all is right with the world? This pudding is that sigh. Have a good night. 

Never enough pud
Almond milk, saffron and cardamom kheer

Kheer is a popular Indian milk pudding made from either rice, wheat, tapioca, vermicelli, or sweet corn and topped dried fruit and nuts. This is a vegan-friendly version.

Baked whole lemon pudding

This is basically a whole lemon in a food processor with some sugar and cream and eggs, and it makes the most wonderful, tart-but-sweet lemon pudding. It's fantastic.

Sourdough bread pudding

We all love sourdough, but what do we do when it goes stale or we have offcuts? This is a great warming dessert or sliced and served with tea. Rich, flavoursome and very economical to make. Peter Kuruvita's Coastal Kitchen


Known as Noah’s Ark pudding to celebrate finding land after the flood, this is a dense, delicious, nutritious mix of grain, dried fruits, nuts and spices enjoyed since ancient days in Turkey.

Warm mandarin pudding

This is a very simple mandarin version of the lemon delicious pudding, a quick, easy and comforting winter dessert. I have used reduced mandarin juice and some fresh segments to emphasis the mandarin. There’s also a bit of booze for extra flavour.

Queen of puddings

This traditional English pudding is quintessential nursery food – nurturing, soul-warming and economical. Feel free to replace the mixed berry jam with raspberry, plum or strawberry to ensure the sweet but subtle middle layer suits your tastes.

Hazelnut, date and golden syrup pudding

What’s not to love about dates, nuts and golden syrup, all in the one dish?

Malva pudding

The calling cards of traditional malva pudding are apricot jam and a delightful spongy texture. Traditionally this recipe is served in South Africa at Christmas time. Serve warm with cream or ice-cream.