I love pudding. My kids really love pudding as well. Who doesn't love pudding?
My kids would love if I would give them pudding every day, but buying pudding can get pretty expensive, and I don't even want to think about all the junk in the pudding from the store.
So I just make my own pudding. I have included 2 different alternative recipes for vanilla pudding- one is refined sugar free, but it's more expensive. The other is with regular sugar, though I bet it would work just as great with coconut sugar or other non refined granulated sugars, though again, that ups the price.
One thing I like about making pudding is that you can use it to make a fancy dish, like this parfait shown, by layering your homemade pudding, crumbled cookies or cakes, and homemade jam. In fact, the cookies in that picture were an experimental batch of cookies that I made that ended up being too crumbly but tasted great- so into a parfait they went! I've also made parfait with cakes that were too crumbly. I layered them with the pudding and homemade plum jam that I made with free plums that I picked myself.
Both recipes for pudding that I am posting are egg free, and both can be made vegan easily by using dairy free milk in place of the dairy milk.
Of course, I use homemade dairy free milks to keep down the price, but if you don't have the time to make them yourself and/or don't mind the price increase, you can certainly use store bought non dairy milks. I have not tried making these with other non dairy milks, such as rice or oat or soy milk, but feel free to experiment with them.
4 cups sunflower, almond, or dairy milk
1/2 cup potato, corn, or tapioca starch
3/4 cup sugar
1 pinch ground vanilla (I use homemade) or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
Refined Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding Ingredients
5 cups milk (almond, coconut, sunflower, dairy milk)
1/2 cup honey
2 cups potato, corn, or tapioca starch
1-2 teaspoons vanilla or 1 pinch ground vanilla
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Mix all the ingredients together.
2. Whisk well to ensure no clumps.
3. Heat over a medium flame, stirring constantly, until thickened. Be very careful not to let any stuff stick to the bottom, because this burns easily.
4. Serve either hot or chilled.
Do you like pudding? Do you usually buy it or make it from scratch? How do you usually make yours? Does this look like a recipe you'd try?