Healthy Dirt Pudding Cup


Upgrade classic dirt cups by replacing the gummy worm with a strawberry to make it healthier, while achieving the same earthy feel. Creamy chocolate pudding (the "mud") is the ultimate comfort food and this easy homemade version is so much better than any pudding mix or refrigerated prepared pudding! A topping of chocolate wafer crumbs (the "dirt") provides an appealing texture contrast to the silky smooth pudding for a delicious snack or dessert kids and adults alike will love.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 20 mins
4 servings


  • 6 chocolate wafer cookies

  • 1 large egg

  • cup nonfat sweetened condensed milk

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups low-fat milk

  • 1 ounce bittersweet or semisweet (not unsweetened) chocolate, chopped

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 4 strawberries


  1. Coarsely chop cookies in a food processor. Set aside.

  2. Whisk egg, condensed milk, cocoa, cornstarch and salt in a heavy saucepan until smooth. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, until thickened, 7 to 9 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat; add chocolate and vanilla, whisking until the chocolate melts. Transfer to a bowl. Place plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  4. To assemble dirt cups, divide the pudding between four 1/2-cup containers. Top each container with one heaping tablespoon of cookie crumbs and 1 strawberry.


Tip: For a variation, cut strawberry into small cubes and place between layers of pudding.

To make ahead: Prepare through Step 3 and refrigerate pudding for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

263 Calories
8g Fat
40g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 263
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 29g
Added Sugars 16g 32%
Protein 10g 19%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Vitamin A 375IU 8%
Vitamin C 7mg 8%
Folate 20mcg 5%
Sodium 225mg 10%
Calcium 237mg 18%
Iron 1mg 8%
Magnesium 64mg 15%
Potassium 561mg 12%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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