Chocolate Pudding Dirt Cups

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Super rich chocolate pudding, cookie “dirt” crumbs, and sweet gummy worms, these vegan paleo dirt cups are an easy healthier halloween treat!

The nostalgic spooky-season dessert with maybe the least delicious name, but the most delicious mix of chocolate creamy and cookie crumbly and candy chewy more than makes up for it in my book.

As a kid, dirt cups always felt like cheating the dessert system: “I get a fruity gummy dessert AND a chocolate dessert? In the same cup? And I only ate the one vegetable to get here? Are we sure this is allowed?” Major seven-year-old victory right there.

And then you grow up and realize the “dirt” is actually cookies so you get pudding and cookies and candy so it’s actually THREE DESSERTS IN ONE. So yeah, that magic is still alive.

How To Make Healthier Halloween Dirt Cups

And let me just keep this too-good-to-be-true streak going by telling you that these Chocolate Pudding Dirt Cups are made with an easy homemade chocolate pudding recipe, vegan and paleo friendly cookie crumble options, and some better for you gummy recs too.

Cookie “Dirt” Ingredients

  • Chocolate cookies. You can make them, you can buy them, just make sure they are crispy and chocolatey. Or if you really wanna healthy-up this recipe, you can use a chocolate cereal for the dirt layer instead.
  • Cocoa powder. Or cacao powder, to add an extra chocolatey boost.
  • Coconut oil. To bind and create the perfect clumpy crumbly texture. You could use a runny nut butter if you want to keep the recipe oil-free.

Chocolate Pudding Ingredients

  • Coconut milk. This pudding recipe is not thickened with a starch of any sort, so we need a richer milk to create that thick ultra creamy pudding texture. I used THIS canned coconut milk, but any full-fat coconut milk will work.
  • Almond milk. We don’t want the pudding to be TOO thick, so the balance of coconut + almond milk creates the perfect rich but also pudding-y texture.
  • Coconut sugar. To sweeten, but any sort of granulated sweetener will work.
  • Cocoa powder. Because we gotta make sure these dirt cups are ULTRA chocolatey.
  • Vanilla and salt. Because chocolate recipes are always better with those two in the mix.
  • Dark chocolate chips. Or semi-sweet will work too. Added right at the end to thicken and chocolate-en the pudding even more.

More Halloween Recipes You’ll Love

  • Dark Chocolate Halloween Cupcakes
  • SunButter Butterfingers
  • Pumpkin Truffle Bars
  • Mini Pumpkin Cakes
  • Nightmare Before Christmas Cookies


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Chocolate Pudding Dirt Cups

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  • Author: Natalie
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Category: chocolate
  • Method: no bake
  • Cuisine: american

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Super rich chocolate pudding, cookie “dirt” crumbs, and sweet gummy worms, these vegan paleo dirt cups are an easy healthier halloween treat!




  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (I used Hu Gems)


  • 3 cups chocolate cookies (homemade or store-bought)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

Vegan gummy worms for topping*


  1. Grind cookies with cocoa powder in the food processor to fine crumbs. Add coconut oil and pulse until clumpy. Set aside.
  2. Combine coconut milk, almond milk, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt in a saucepan. 
  3. Bring to a boil and whisk until cocoa and coconut sugar are dissolved and smooth.
  4. Add chocolate chips and continue cooking until fully melted and pudding thickens. 
  5. Cool for 10-15 minutes. You can also refrigerate the pudding overnight for a chilled pudding.
  6. Divide into 4 jars, top with dirt, add gummy worms, and serve.


*Try THESE for a vegan option or THESE for a low sugar option

Keywords: chocolate, pudding, creamy, vegan, dairy-free, paleo, gluten-free, kids, halloween, healthy, dessert

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