Shake the can of coconut milk well, and pour a ¼ cup of it into a measuring cup. Add the gelatin and whisk it into the coconut milk until well incorporated. Set the mixture aside.
Next, heat the remaining coconut milk, cocoa powder, honey, and salt over medium heat, stirring frequently, until these ingredients are well mixed. Cook the chocolatey mixture until bubbles appear on the edges of the saucepan. Turn off the heat.
Add the reserved gelatin/coconut milk mixture and vanilla extract to the pan. Stir well.
Chill the mixture for 30 minutes uncovered and then covered for an additional 1½ hours or until solid. (Pro tip: You can keep it in the fridge for up to 4 days before serving.)
With a hand mixer or whisk, beat the pudding until it’s nice and fluffy and transforms from a stiff JELL-O-like texture to a thick and smooth pudding.
Divide the pudding into four bowls or cups. Spoon on a dollop of whipped coconut cream if desired. You can also shave some dark chocolate on top to make it extra!