|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 8g||10%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||9%|
|Total Carbohydrate 42g||15%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Pudding is one of those easy comforting desserts that can be prepared any time of the week and enjoyed as an afterschool sweet snack or as a lunch or dinner dessert. If you or your family members must avoid dairy due to an allergy, sensitivity, or dietary restrictions, this recipe for dairy-free vanilla pudding is a good alternative to store-bought pudding cups or mixes.
This recipe calls for almond milk, but you can use another non-dairy milk alternative such as coconut milk, soy milk, or rice milk if you prefer. To produce the richness you expect in a pudding, egg yolks are included, which means this pudding is not vegan.
Keep in mind you need to plan ahead since homemade pudding requires a couple of hours to set in the refrigerator before serving. Feel free to dress up the dessert with fruit, dairy-free chocolate chips, vegan whipped cream, or any spices (like cinnamon or nutmeg) that you like.
Gather the ingredients.
In a small saucepan, whisk together the sugar and salt.
In a small dish, combine the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of the almond milk, mixing until dissolved.
Add the cornstarch mixture, remaining almond milk, and egg yolks to the saucepan, whisking until combined.
Cook the pudding over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and bubbles just begin to form on the surface.
Whisking constantly, turn down the heat to low and cook for about 1 minute more.
Pour the pudding through a fine sieve into a heatproof dish.
Stir in the vanilla extract.
Place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming while the pudding cools and thickens. Chill at least 2 hours before serving.
Serve and enjoy.
Raw Egg Warning
Consuming raw and lightly cooked eggs poses a risk of foodborne illness.
- Fresh fruit such as blueberries, strawberries, cherries, and bananas can be used as a topper, or you can layer them in a dessert glass with the vanilla pudding.
- Add crushed nuts or crumble some graham crackers, vanilla wafers, or granola on top for a bit of texture and crunch. Be sure to check any additions to ensure they are also dairy-free.
- Sprinkle the top with spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg.
- Use the vanilla pudding as a pie filling.
- Unsweetened versions of non-dairy milk alternatives are best, but if you use a sweetened non-dairy milk be sure to adjust the sugar in the recipe.
- If you prefer not to use cornstarch, you can substitute it with the same amount of arrowroot or tapioca starch. Combine the thickener with the sugar and salt instead of the almond milk.
How to Store
Unlike store-bought pudding, this homemade dairy-free pudding has no preservatives and will keep in the refrigerator for only two to three days.