Luscious Sugar Free Chocolate Budino Recipe

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Keto Chocolate Pudding Recipe from Spinach Tiger

Budino means pudding in Italian, but it’s much more than we think of as pudding in America.

Why do I think this is the best chocolate budino recipe around? See for yourself! It’s so rich, you can turn it upside down! You can use sugar: I used swerve to keep it low carb and near sugar free. Either way, it’s amazing!

chocolate budino recipe from Spinach Tiger

This chocolate budino recipe is rich, and dense but not fudge dense, not truffle dense. It’s a thick, creamy, dreamy pudding type dessert with concentrated flavors and a smooth texture.

There are some recipes out there that are over-complicated and turn budino into a thick unseemly fudge-type texture. You don’t want that! You want this.

Best Chocolate Budino Recipe from Spinach Tiger

Adapted from Nigella Lawson, this budino is so easy and so well balanced, It was the least complicated chocolate recipe I could find, but certainly not lacking in complexity.

Chocolate Budino Recipe: A few Cooking Notes

I did not add the cornstarch from the original recipe and it is not missed! I used 2 ounces of 70% chocolate, and regular Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa. I also used a lower carb whole mik, Fairlife, which has lower carbs. You can use any whole milk you like.

You can add a bit of bourbon instead of vanilla if you want to booze it up. I’m thinking the next time I might add in some hazelnut extract for that nutella taste!

I topped the budino with a stabilized whipped cream. It will look exactly like this all week, which is a good thing, because I’m only going to eat one a day!

Keto Low Carb Sugar Free Chocolate Budino Recipe from Spinach Tiger

It’s Easy to Make this a Low-Carb, Sugar Free Chocolate Budino Recipe

Pudding is made with milk. Budino is made with milk and  heavy cream. I use the Fair Life full-fat milk to keep the carbs lower and switch out the sugar with Swerve. You really cannot tell.

This can make four ample servings, but I divided it up into seven small dessert dishes, the size of espresso cups, making this 5 carbs per serving.

This is rich and will satisfy your chocolate cravings, but a little goes a long way. Espresso cups make the perfect serving.

Sugar Free Chocolate Budino Recipe from Spinach Tiger

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Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding

Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding is low carb, keto friendly, made with Swerve, and Unsweetened Cocoa Powder. Kid Friendly.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chocolate pudding, keto chocolate pudding, sugar free chocolate pudding
Servings: 7
Calories: 147kcal
Author: Angela Roberts


  • 1 cup whole milk see notes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup 1/2 cup Granulated Swerve
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5 ounces Choc zero Chocolate Chips
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • dash sea salt


  • Heat the milk and cream in a saucepan.
  • Add in chocolate chips. Stir over low heat.
  • Whisk egg yolks in a separate bowl. Add in some of the chocolate and stir.
  • Add the egg yolk mixture into the chocolate and heat on low.
  • Add in milk mixture. Continue to stir for a few minutes until thickened.
  • Add butter and continuing stirring.
  • Take mixture through a sieve onto bowl. Pour into vessels.
  • Refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours before eating.
  • Serve with Stabilized Whipped Cream Recipe Here


I used Better Body Foods Cacao powder which is stronger than many unsweetened cocoa powders. If you use an unsweetened cocoa powder, you may want to use 1/2 cup. 
Net Carbs Per Serving: 2


Serving: 1of 7 | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: -8g | Fat: 12g | Fiber: 2g

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe without the corn starch and using only a little of expensive tempered chocolate! I find it very rich as well but I’m usually able to finish a double portion. It is a wonderful way to use up egg yolks remaining from other recipes that only use egg whites. I do need it a little sweeter and to make the paste I do seem to need a bit more boiling water. Perhaps since I measure the cocoa before sifting I have a little more than intended. I’ve made it as written and again with substitutions based on what I had on hand at the time. Subs that work: an extra egg yolk or two; more than 1/2 cup allulose blend for the erythritol-based sweeteners; Lily’s chocolate baking chips for the chopped chocolate; salted butter for the unsalted butter and added salt; and of course any extract in combination with the vanilla necessary to tame the chocolate; one cup cream with 1/2 cup almond milk. One sub that didn’t work is replacing the cream and milk with a cold can of coconut milk – it did not thicken upon cooling – but it froze to a lovely ice cream. The recipe does not say when to add the vanilla so I’ve been doing it right before step 5. Do you have any tips to adapt a butterscotch budino?

  2. …about to try this recipe… just wondering about the 2oz 70% chocolate, since I can’t find an instruction as to when or where to add… should it just be melted with the butter and added when butter should be, together, after the rest has thickened? Or is it just a shaved topping…? I’m am definitely NOT an experienced cook so really hang on the recipe instructions and worry about how to guess my way forward… so THANK YOU to whoever might see this and respond!

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