Nutella Pudding

This month, we’re sharing delicious Nutella recipes, and today Ashley of Not Without Salt is sharing her favorite Nutella pudding. Wouldn’t you love to whip some up this weekend? It’s really easy…

Nutella Pudding
By Ashley Rodriguez of Not Without Salt

My childhood is dotted with memories of warm bowls of creamy pudding. In between bites I loved to drag the spoon through and watch the dark brown pudding ripple and wave in the bowl. As soon as I was able, I’d make the pudding myself, which consisted of opening up the box and pouring a light cocoa colored powder into warm milk. Stirring the pot, I would inhale the sweet powder that wafted from the pan as I stirred a little too eagerly. I was never good at waiting for the pudding to cool, so mine was always served quite warm.

These days my love of pudding remains. It’s unpretentious and yet, with the right ingredients, completely refined and delicious. I’ve since learned that homemade pudding is nearly as simple as box-made. This version uses Nutella to flavor and sweeten the pudding. Cocoa powder is added for more richness and depth, so for that reason, I’d encourage you to use the best you can afford. I’m partial to the intensely flavored Pernigotti which can be found at Whole Foods or ordered online.

Other recipes call for egg yolks and tempering and such, but I’d rather not mess with that when the sudden urge for pudding hits. Those versions are perfectly fine and better suited for an occasion that demands a bit more sophistication. But for the classic flavor of childhood pudding with a hint of hazelnut, this is the recipe I long for.

Recipe: Nutella Pudding
Serves 4-6

You’ll need:
3 tbsp. cornstarch
1/3 cup cocoa
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
2 cups milk
1/2 cup cream
3/4 cup Nutella
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract

What to do:
Stir cornstarch, cocoa and salt in a medium bowl. Heat milk and cream in a medium saucepan over medium heat until it just starts to gently boil. Whisk half of milk into cornstarch mixture. Return mixture to pan and bring it to a slow boil. Boil for 1 to 2 minutes until slightly thickened.

Remove from heat and stir in Nutella, butter and vanilla. Pass the pudding through a fine mesh sieve to remove any little lumps; then chill until set, about 3 hours. Serve with a bit of lightly sweetened whipped cream.

Thank you so much, Ashley!

P.S. More best recipes, including chocolate ice cream (no machine necessary!) and 11 Nutella recipes.

(Photos and recipe by Ashley Rodriguez of Not Without Salt. Thanks to Shoko for helping with this series.)

  1. Rishita says...

    Can I replace corn starch with flour?

  2. Hey all! Sorry to hear about the lumps. I had them too which is why I passed it through a strainer. I tested the recipe several times and this is the way I found to the fewest lumps and least amount of work. Thanks for all the kind words! Love sharing these sweet recipes with you all on A Cup of Jo! – Ashley

  3. This looks phenomenal! We always have a jar of Nutella in the cupboard. I think we use it more than peanut butter (if that’s possible). Thanks for sharing!

  4. Lovely idea! Love nutella – my fav recipe is nutella on a spoon ;) but seriously, you probably know it but the easiest recipe I know for nutella is nutella chocolate mousse

    You just need 500ml of cream & 1 cup nutella…you whip the cream and fold in the nutella until it’s totally folded through…then put in the fridge (I recommend overnight but at least a few hours) …and voila, mousse is done!

  5. As promised I made it again (what can I say, it was delicious!) and this time dissolved the cornstarch first in a little cold milk (and used only 2 tbsp…maybe I just have uber-cornstarch? Last time was crazy thick). I ran it through the mesh strainer again at the end just to see and – NO LUMPS! Yay! Nutella pudding is going to be a regular occurrence around here, I can tell! Thanks, Ashley & Joanna.

  6. I think one of the best days of my adulthood was when I realised how very simple it is to make pudding. Good thing I didn’t learn that any younger as I’m pretty sure I would have made it daily. Nutella + pudding seems like a match made in heaven!

  7. i just made it too, my boyfriend is going to be so surprised when he comes home from work! i got a lot of lumps also, but just put it in a strainer and it worked out fine.

  8. I just made this, and unfortunately the directions are a little confusing. So, I made up some of the steps and it turned out great!

    Combine the cornstarch, cocoa, and salt as directions state. Heat the milk and cream in a saucepan to warm, but not boiling. Then, slowly add the cocoa mixture to the milk while constantly whisking. (Heat should be at medium) After whisking for about a minute, add the butter, nutella, and vanilla. Whisk more.

    Then follow the rest of the directions as stated in the recipe.

    It’s really good, but double the recipe if you are sharing with more than one person. :)
    Thanks for sharing, Joanna!

  9. So I made this just now. The flavour is delicious but it is FULL of lumps – I bet I lost 1/6 of it to my mesh strainer and even after that it’s still full of itty bitty lumps. I went against past experience and followed the recipe, which asks us to add hot milk to the cornstarch/cocoa/salt mixture. Cornstarch gets really, really lumpy when mixed with hot liquid. Next time I will reserve three tbsp of cold milk to dissolve the cornstarch, and then add the dissolved cornstarch to the recipe when indicated.

    I’m a bit disappointed, as Not Without Salt is a great blog and I expected a better recipe. I’m sad that I ‘wasted’ the ingredients on this (I’ll still eat it of course, but did I mention all the itty bitty lumps?)

  10. I agree with Essss Joanna, you always support ethical companies such as Honest, so I’m surprised to see Nutella featured so frequently on your blog.

  11. I wish my baby didn’t have a nut allergy :(

  12. There is information on the Nutella and Ferraro websites about their commitment to sustainably sourced palm oil.

  13. We always have Nutella on hand- our six-year-old eats peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches daily! I’ll definitely be giving this a go!

  14. I love nutella, but it has palm oil, whose cultivation is unfortunately is causing widespread environmental damage and destroying critical habitat for endangered wildlife. More here:

    Joanna, I LOVE your blog, but please consider choosing a different focus, or emphasizing the awesome alternatives, like homemade nutella from Smitten Kitchen that are out there. This is a choice with a big impact.

  15. Looks so good! But, as most good things are, not good for us.
    Nutella contain 20% palm oil, which is not just bad for us, but also bad for the planet.

  16. this looks amazing and i am literally leaving for the grocery store right now to make this for my boyfriend as an early valentine’s day surprise!

  17. I will be making this for my ladies on V Day. Thank you!

  18. Nutella pudding! What?? Now that is amazing!
    xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

  19. This looks really delicious! I will be making this for my little sweeties for Valentine’s Day :-). Thank you!

  20. it would also be a good dessert for valentine’s day:) thank you again, ashley!