These Halloween vegan graveyard pudding cups are made with vegan chocolate pudding, Oreo cookie dirt, and graham cracker tombstones. They are an easy, fun, and festive Halloween dessert!
What’s more fun than playing in the dirt? How about making these vegan graveyard pudding cups? This recipe is naturally vegan, easy, and so much fun to make with the kids.
They are a fun and easy treat to make for a classroom Halloween party or a weekend activity to do with the kids.
They work exceptionally well for classroom parties because they are free of the most common allergens, such as dairy, nuts, and eggs.
With dairy-free chocolate pudding, vegan chocolate cookies, and vegan graham crackers, these Halloween treats are nut and dairy-free. They can also be made gluten-free by purchasing gluten-free graham crackers and chocolate cookies.
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💗 Why You’ll Love These Vegan Graveyard Pudding Cups
- Allergy-friendly (dairy and nut-free)
- Gluten-free option
- Easy and quick to make
- No baking necessary
- A fun Halloween activity to do with the kids
- Modify the decorations to suit your taste
- Creamy vegan chocolate pudding
- Crunchy cookie dirt topping
- Simple tombstone decoration
🥣 Ingredients and Notes
Chocolate Pudding Ingredients
Cornstarch is used to thicken the pudding.
Unsweetened Soy Milk: You can use any unsweetened dairy-free milk you prefer. I like soy milk because it adds a nice creaminess. I also recommend coconut milk.
Vanilla Extract: Helps to bring out the flavor of the chocolate.
Organic Cane Sugar: Using organic sugar ensures that it is vegan-friendly.
Cacao Powder: Adds the chocolate flavor. If you don’t have cacao powder, use cocoa powder.
Vegan Chocolate Cookies: I used these Back to Nature Chocolate cookies. They are a healthier version of Oreo cookies. However, feel free to use whatever you like.
Vegan Graham Crackers: These graham crackers do not use honey, making them suitable for vegans.
Black Decorating Gel: This is used to create the writing on the tombstones. You can also melt dairy-free chocolate, transfer it to a piping bag, and use that to create the writing.
👩🏻🍳 How to Make Vegan Graveyard Pudding Cups
- Whisk together cornstarch and water to form a paste in a small bowl.
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine cornstarch, soy milk, vanilla extract, sugar, and cacao powder. Stir consistently until it comes to a boil.
- Reduce heat, cook, and fold until the pudding thickens.
- Remove the pudding from the heat. The pudding will continue to thicken as it cools. Allow to cool at room temperature for 5 minutes, then place in the refrigerator to cool completely.
- Make the Oreo crumbs cookie dirt. While the pudding is cooling, remove the cream filling from the chocolate cookies. Place the cookies in the food processor and pulse until crumbly.
- Break each graham cracker into four separate pieces. Shave off the top using a butter knife to round the edges. Carefully write the letters RIP or whatever other messages you like with a black gel decorating pen.
- Assemble the Pudding Cups. Once the pudding has cooled, spoon the pudding mixture into individual cups. Top with chocolate cookie dirt, graham cracker tombstone, and any other additional decorations you’d like. Feel free to add pudding and cookie crumbs layers for a different look.
📝 Expert Tips
- Make the pudding ahead of time! If you’re planning this activity for a classroom or larger group of kids, make the pudding ahead of time and keep it refrigerated until you’re ready to assemble your pudding cups.
- This recipe makes 6-8 servings, depending on the size of your cups.
- Double the recipe or make two batches to make for a larger group.
- Use smaller cups for little kids. These can be pretty big servings!
- Keep the pudding cups refrigerated until you’re ready to serve and eat.
- If you don’t have a food processor, add the chocolate cookies to a gallon bag and seal it. Then, use a rolling pin to crush the cookies.
📖 Variations and Substitutions
- If you don’t have allergies to worry about, you can cut some corners by buying store-bought chocolate pudding cups.
- To make this a touch healthier, use raw, organic, unrefined sugar for the pudding.
- You can also add your own creative decorations, such as Halloween sprinkles or gummy worms (not vegan), to the tombstones. I placed a few fresh flowers (not edible) and some candy pumpkins.
- If you are not vegan, you could use Milano cookies instead of graham crackers, as they have a curved edge that works well for the cookie tombstone.
❓ Recipe FAQS
Pudding is typically made with milk, cornstarch (for thickening), sugar, and the flavoring of your choice. These ingredients are whisked together over medium heat until warm and bubbly and then cooled to thicken.
How to Store
Decorated pudding cups will be kept in the refrigerator overnight. The chocolate pudding will be kept in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Cover the pudding cups with plastic wrap or store them in an airtight container.
🎃 More Halloween Recipes!
Vegan Graveyard Pudding Cups
Graham Cracker Tombstones
- 2 vegan graham crackers broken into quarters
- black decorating gel or dairy free chocolate melted
- 12 Oreo cookies
Vegan Chocolate Pudding
- Whisk together the cornstarch and water to form a paste in a small bowl.
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the cornstarch slurry, soy milk, vanilla extract, sugar, and cacao powder. Stir consistently until it comes to a boil.
- Reduce the heat and continue to cook and stir until the pudding thickens.
- Remove the pan from the heat. Pudding will continue to thicken as it cools. Allow it to cool to room temperature for 5 minutes, then place it in the refrigerator to cool completely.
- While the pudding is cooling, remove the cream filling from the chocolate Oreo cookies. Place it in the food processor and pulse until crumbly.
- Break each large vegan graham crackers into four separate pieces. Shave off the top using a butter knife to round the edges. With a black gel decorating pen, carefully write the letters RIP, or whatever other message you like.
- Once the pudding has cooled, transfer it to individual cups or jars. Top it with the chocolate cookie dirt, graham cracker tombstone, and any other additional decorations you'd like.
- Make the pudding ahead of time!
- If you’re planning this activity for a classroom or larger group of kids, make the pudding ahead of time, and keep it refrigerated until you’re ready to assemble your pudding cups.
- This recipe makes 6-8 servings, depending on the size of your cups. To make for a larger group, simply double the recipe, or make two batches.
- Keep the pudding cups refrigerated until ready to serve and eat.