Pistachio Dark Chocolate Polenta

This dreamy, creamy pistachio dark chocolate polenta is perfect as a special breakfast or dessert! Slightly sweet and finished with an irresistible mascarpone drizzle.

Two bowls of Pistachio Dark Chocolate Polenta.

Is it breakfast?  Or dessert?  Both??  I say eat it for whichever your heart desires.  

For me, that was breakfast … and I enjoyed every last bite.  But seriously, I’ve been staring at my computer screen for about 10 minutes trying to decide which category this bowl of creamy polenta goodness fits into best … and I still haven’t made a decision.  

I can be very indecisive. Just ask my husband, he’ll gladly verify that fact.

But polenta, let’s get back to the polenta.  Last year I made breakfast polenta for the first time and totally fell in love.  

So I decided I should make some more … and really jazz it up.  Make it super snazzy.  You know, lots of dark chocolate, pistachios (because they are pretty) and to make it even more fun a mascarpone drizzle.  

Yeah, that’s right, a mascarpone drizzle.  Awesome.

Two white bowls filled with Chocolate Polenta.

So this dish isn’t quite as in-your-face sweet as a piece of cake, making it perfectly acceptable for breakfast (at least that’s what I told myself).  

The dark chocolate melts into the warm, slightly sweet creamy polenta and then you get some crunch from the pistachios … and for the grand finale you finish it off with a mascarpone drizzle, which also sort of melts into the mixture.  Perfection.

But don’t drizzle the mascarpone sauce onto a super hot bowl of polenta and expect it to stay for pictures – that whole melting thing.  

That’s what I get for being impatient and refusing to wait for it to cool down a bit to take photos … because I wanted it in my belly as soon as possible.

A bowl of Dessert Polenta topped with chocolate and pistachios.

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Pistachio Dark Chocolate Polenta

Pistachio Dark Chocolate Polenta

Yield: about 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This dreamy, creamy pistachio dark chocolate polenta is perfect as a special breakfast or dessert! Slightly sweet and finished with an irresistible mascarpone drizzle.


For the polenta:

  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup coarse polenta (not instant or quick cooking)
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

For the mascarpone drizzle:

  • 2 ounces mascarpone
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

For topping:

  • dark chocolate chunks (or chopped dark chocolate)
  • shelled pistachios, roughly chopped


For the polenta:

  1. Add the milk, water and salt to a medium saucepan. Set the pan over medium-high heat and bring to a low simmer. Slowly pour in the polenta in an even stream, whisking constantly the entire time.
  2. Turn the heat down to low and partially cover with a lid. Cook for about 20 to 25 minutes, whisking every few minutes to get out any lumps (be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the pan). You want the polenta to thicken and have a creamy consistency. If it starts getting too thick, you can add in a little more milk (a tablespoon or so at a time).

For the mascarpone drizzle:

  1. Add the mascarpone, milk, maple syrup and vanilla to a small bowl. Whisk until well combined and smooth. Set aside.
  2. When the polenta is done cooking, remove from the heat and add in the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine.
  3. Ladle the polenta into bowls. Top with some of the chocolate and pistachios. Drizzle with some of the mascarpone mixture. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 227 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 39mg Sodium: 466mg Carbohydrates: 21g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 8g Protein: 7g
Nutrition data shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator and is for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a substitute for a medical professional’s advice. Nutrition info does NOT include the chocolate or pistachios for serving.