Lockdown foods–the mocha cinnamon pudding edition

It was February 2011 when I tore this recipe from my Runners World magazine.

Nine years later, I finally decided to make it and see if it tastes as good as it looks. Answer: Yes it does.

For nine years, it kept falling out of my recipe book, and got stepped on, stained, torn; and almost tossed in the garbage numerous times. But then I’d look at the ingredients and again decide to hold onto it, since it looks easy and tasty, and not unhealthy.

Enter the coronavirus lockdown. I finally made the pudding. It uses normal ingredients. I didn’t need to make a trip to the store.

Ingredients List:

  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. corn starch
  • 2 tsp. instant coffee or espresso powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 c. lowfat chocolate milk
  • 2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  • For the bittersweet chocolate squares, use 2 Tbsp. cacao or cocoa powder + 2 Tbsp. shortening.
  • For the chocolate milk, use 2 tsp. cacao or cocoa powder + 4 tsp. sugar + 2 c. skim white milk.

The pudding was indeed fast and easy to make.

It is very tasty. The coffee, chocolate and cinnamon flavors are all quite prominent. I think I’ve made it four times now; or maybe five.

The recipe makes four coffee cup-sized servings.

Here’s the online version of the recipe. It’s easier to read than my nine-year-old poorly-preserved cutout.


More things to savor. David Gilmour (of Pink Floyd) has released a brand new song. It has a Leonard Cohen influence. I’ve already lost count of how many times I’ve played it. Amazon download/purchase link.

David’s song is part of a book project by his wife, Polly Samson. It is about the island of Hydra, and Leonard Cohen’s time spent there. She recorded the audio book, and David is on that too. UK buyers can get the audio book now, I believe. We in the US have to wait until September. Sigh. The hardcover and paperback can be ordered in the US, but I want the audio book.


5 thoughts on “Lockdown foods–the mocha cinnamon pudding edition

  1. I’m not a coffee drinker but that does sound good.

    That is a nice song by Gilmour…it’s nice to hear these older artists coming out with things.


    1. Thanks. I think it would taste just as good without the coffee…if you like the combination of cinnamon and chocolate, which I do.

      I really love Gilmour’s music. I can’t wait for the audio book. I’m listening to another of Polly’s books right now, and liking it. He and his family seem to inspire each other. They had a weekly Facebook live show during the lockdown, called the ‘Von Trapped Family’, which was very enjoyable. They are a talented, engaging lot.

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      1. Cinnamon and chocolate…that is a big yes. That is what attracted it to me to it.

        I think about Gilmour the same way as Waters in one way…very intelligent guys. Gilmour doesn’t seem as…whats the word? Agressive. He seems more laid back but I could be wrong.

        I haven’t checked them out. I’m not sure what his wife does. It does sound like a cool project.

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      2. I agree, Gilmour seems laid back and Waters seems more volatile. Their music was amazing and genius. But I can’t begin to imagine how difficult it must have been at times to collaborate.

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      3. I’ve been listening to some pre 1972…some really interesting music I’ve never heard before. I have a new appreciation for them.


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