Creamy Chocolate Polenta Recipe

Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti

This warm chocolatey pudding is eggless, creamy, and a snap to make if you use fine grain or instant polenta.

Recipe Details

Creamy Chocolate Polenta Recipe

Active 5 mins
Total 5 mins
Serves 4 to 6 servings
Makes 3 cups


  • 3 cups whole milk

  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • Pinch salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

  • Pinch cayenne pepper

  • 1/2 cup polenta (see note)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped


  1. In medium saucepan, heat milk, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and cayenne over medium heat to simmer.

  2. Slowly whisk in polenta in a thin steady stream and bring to simmer. Reduce heat to low and stir until mixture is thickened to a pudding consistency and polenta is soft, about 3 minutes (see note).

  3. Stir in vanilla and chocolate until smooth. Spoon into cups and serve.


I purchased a fine grain polenta. It wasn't labeled as "instant" but cooked very quickly in about 3 minutes. Cooking time (and liquid amount needed) may differ depending on the polenta that you use. If polenta thickens before it is cooked, add a small amount of milk until polenta is finished cooking.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
298 Calories
18g Fat
25g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 298
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 203mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 178mg 14%
Iron 4mg 25%
Potassium 379mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)