Chocolate custard pudding - pic supplied

Spokesperson for Pharma Dynamics, Nicole Jennings says Valentine’s Month is all about the heart and it makes for the perfect time to re-evaluate our relationship with our hearts.

The Heart & Stroke Foundation has compiled a list of heart healthy meals to inspire a lifestyle change for South Africans this month and this dessert is the perfect start.

Recipe: Chocolate custard pudding

This velvety pudding has lots of flavour and contains very little sugar.

Serves 4 

Recipe adapted from Cooking from the heart.


1 tbsp (15 ml) sugar

3 tbsp (45 ml) cornflour

3 tbsp (45 ml) cocoa powder

¼ tsp (1,2 ml) ground cinnamon

2 cups (500 ml) low-fat milk

1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla essence

¼ cup (60 ml) chopped raw almonds

fresh seasonal fruit to serve

Mix sugar, cornflour, cocoa and cinnamon with a little milk to form a paste.

Gently heat remaining milk in a small saucepan. Add some warm milk to the paste and stir back into the rest of the milk.

Stir continuously over a medium heat until thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

Divide hot mixture into 4 small jars (small bowls or cups also work well). Allow to cool and chill in the fridge.

Seal jars and pack in a picnic basket to enjoy as a healthier dessert. Sprinkle with chopped nuts and serve with fresh fruit skewered as little kebabs (see tip).

You can also prepare fruit kebabs with fresh seasonal fruit like grapes, berries, peaches or nectarines.

Try any of the delectable Heart and Stroke Foundation-approved recipes at, which forms part of Pharma Dynamics’ ongoing healthy eating initiative — Cooking from the Heart.