Who says “dirt pudding” is just for the kids? Featuring rich, chocolatey flavor, a smooth and creamy texture, and a fun, fresh theme, this classic sweet treat is the perfect dessert—no matter what your age.
Best of all, this dirt pudding cups recipe is extra sweet. Not only because it’s ridiculously delicious but also because it’s totally guilt-free. At just about 200 calories per serving, our health, wellness and recipe bloggers at The Leaf created this dessert concoction that won’t tip the scales like most other decadent desserts. Plus, one serving contains a whopping seven grams of protein and over three grams of fiber. That means if you’re on a Nutrisystem weight loss program, you can count this delicious dessert as one PowerFuel, half of a SmartCarb and two Extras. Talk about a tasty win-win!
And it gets better: Making this decadent dessert is as easy as can be. To make this mouthwatering treat, you’ll need a few simple ingredients, including one packet of sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix, two cups of nonfat milk, a quarter cup of walnuts, a half cup of pitted dates, one teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder, one tablespoon of unsweetened shredded coconut, a few slices of fresh, seasonal fruit (we love strawberries or pineapple) and some mint leaves for the garnish.
Once you’ve gathered your ingredients together, making this dirt pudding cups recipe is extremely easy. First, you’ll whisk together the pudding mix and nonfat milk, then let the mixture set for about five minutes. While you wait for the pudding mixture to set, you’ll add the walnuts, dates and cocoa powder to your food processor. Process until the mixture becomes nice and crumbly (like dirt!). Next, slice your fruit of choice into thin, matchstick-like pieces. Add the fruit and shredded coconut to the walnut and date mixture. This is the “dirt.” Then, simply spoon a half cup of the pudding into individual cups and top with the walnut-date mixture. Finally, you’ll garnish each dirt cup with a mint leaf and that’s it! Your adorable and delicious Dirt Pudding Cups are ready to devour.
This Dirt Pudding Cups recipe makes four nicely sized servings, making it a great post-dinner treat the whole family can enjoy. But the great thing about this delicious dessert is that you can easily double or triple the recipe and bring it along to holiday gatherings and parties with large groups of people. It’s a total crowd-pleaser. And while most people only think of making this fun dessert during the spring, there’s no reason to deny yourself this delicious treat year-round! During the winter months, you can add a little extra coconut for a snow-like effect on your dirt pudding cup. In the summer, you can add a little paper umbrella or some edible flowers for a fun and seasonal twist on these dirt cups!
Of course, feel free to swap out the toppings depending on your cravings or, if you’re making this dessert for a group, the flavor preferences of your guests. Blueberries, raspberries and a touch of fresh basil make great additions, as do pomegranate arils and chia seeds or chopped nuts and raisins. There are so many tasty toppings to try other than the traditional and unhealthy cookie dirt cups filled with candy gummy worms!
We’re pretty confident that once you try this dirt pudding cups recipe, you’re going to want to make it on repeat. And we really wouldn’t blame you—especially since it meets all of our criteria for a winning dessert! It’s sweet and delicious, it’s extremely easy to make and it won’t totally destroy your healthy diet plans.
Just in case you do decide to mix things up a bit, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. We’ve compiled a list of our 20 favorite chocolate-based desserts of all time. Don’t forget that we’ve got tons of healthy dessert recipes right here on The Leaf. Some are chocolatey, some are fruity, some blend together unusual flavors for a totally unique and innovative post-dinner treat. However, they all have a few things in common: They’re all delicious, they’re all pretty easy to make and they all fit into your healthy diet. So, you can feel free to dive in… spoon (or fork!) first.
Without further ado, here are our 20 favorite chocolate recipes of all time:
- 3-Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Bombs >
- Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Bites >
- Chocolate Peppermint Bites >
- Skinny Chocolate Donuts >
- Guilt-Free Chocolate Mug Cake with Coconut >
- Chocolate Cherry Bliss Balls >
- Air Fryer Chocolate Donut Holes >
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Mug Cake >
- Chocolate Covered Banana Bites >
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge >
- 3-Ingredient Chocolate Pecan Caramel Bites >
- Instant Pot Chocolate Peppermint Rice Pudding >
- No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bites >
- 4-Ingredient Chocolate Muffins >
- Almond Joy Hot Chocolate >
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars >
- Chocolate Protein Pudding >
- No-Bake Samoa Chocolate Cookies >
- Skinny Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting >
- Smores Icebox Cake >
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Calories per Serving: 215
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 PowerFuel, ½ SmartCarb and 2 Extras
- 1 packet sugar free instant chocolate pudding mix
- 2 cups nonfat milk
- ¼ cup walnuts
- ½ cup pitted dates
- 1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
- A few pieces of fresh fruit (i.e. strawberries and pineapple)
- Mint leaves, to garnish
- Whisk together pudding mix and milk. Let set for 5 minutes.
- In a food processor, add walnuts, dates and cocoa powder. Process until a crumble texture is formed.
- Cut fruit into thin matchstick-shaped pieces. Stir fruit and shredded coconut into the walnut-date mixture.
- Spoon ½ cup of the pudding into individual cups. Top with the walnut-date mixture. Garnish with the mint leaves.