My Arm’s Tired Pudding

My arm got tired as I stirred the pudding.

I learned to love cooking from my mother and grandmother who always seemed to create a sense of magic and wonder just by standing next to the stove.  Somehow, they’d take all these ingredients, throw them in bowls or pots, stir them up, sprinkle in a bit of their love and we’d end up with fabulous meals and delicious desserts. 


Magic Moments


As I think back on childhood, it’s still the memories of Mom and my grandmother as they cooked and baked in the kitchen that bring the most pleasant recollections.  And often, they would encourage me to participate in the process by assigning certain tasks.  Inevitably, if there was something that needed constant stirring, I’d get assigned the chore.  As an adult and parent myself, I think it was a good way to keep me busy and learn to help out.  It also put me in a prime spot to learn some of their tricks. However, as a kid I remember frequently complaining, “My arm’s tired!”


Chocolate pudding is always a hit with the kids.

I always like a little whip cream or milk with my pudding.

As I remembered that feeling of my arm feeling leaden and heavy, I decided it was time to make some Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding.  Now, pudding is fairly easy to make from scratch and by doing it that way you can control what your kids end up eating.  If you’re like me, you may believe that too many of our processed foods seem to be loaded down with fat or sugar, not to mention all kinds of ingredients I can’t even pronounce.  That’s why I like cooking for myself—I know what goes in the food.


Basic ingredients are one of the great parts about this recipe.  There’s nothing funky here, and that makes this pudding a great treat for both kids and adults.  Hey, what kid or kid at heart doesn’t like pudding?


Let’s Gather The Ingredients


For today’s pudding recipe we’ll need:


Gather up the ingredients first.

I like knowing what goes in my food.

2 cups of milk (I used 1% to cut down on fat but any will do)

1/3 cup honey

1/4 cup peanut butter

2-1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder

2 tablespoons corn starch

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 child willing to stir




I just threw everything in my pan and I was ready to go.

Pour everything in a pot and stir. Arm tired? Keep stirring!

This recipe is about as easy as it comes.  Set a burner on medium low to medium heat and pour in all the above ingredients (except the child, of course).  Now, hand off the spatula to your assigned stirrer and have them keep at it until the mixture thickens (this can take 15 to 25 minutes depending on the stove temp and how cold the milk is when you start the recipe).  Fifteen minutes can seem like an eternity to a young helper, so you may want to take turns.  Helpful hint:  If they’ve got a favorite song, try singing as you go.


Eventually, you will note the pudding go from a chocolate milk consistency to a thick milkshake consistency.  When it’s made this change you’re done—remove from heat and pour into four small serving bowls.  You can serve warm or cold.  Though the pudding’s great by itself, it’s also good with a dollop of whip cream or a little milk over the top.


Variation:  If you want to skip the peanut butter, add a tablespoon of butter instead.  This will make a strictly chocolate flavored pudding.


Hey, it's time for dessert.

Pour into small bowls and chill in the refrigator. Serve with whip cream or milk.

About the honey:  I happen to keep honey on hand.  I like it become it’s really the only sugar that doesn’t require some kind of processing.  However, it’s often expensive compared to plain sugar so if you would rather skip it, use regular sugar instead.  For more information about sugar read our recent post Sugar Sugar Honey Honey.



By Bob Anderson
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