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Vegan Vanilla Pudding

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This vegan vanilla pudding is out-of-this-world creamy, smooth, and full of delicious flavors! Just like traditional fluffy vanilla pudding, this non-dairy vanilla pudding recipe is quick and easy to make with basic ingredients.

vegan vanilla pudding topped with fresh berries in a glass bowl

In the mood for a vanilla pudding cup? These days, this vegan dessert is the only thing I want to make! Rich in real vanilla flavors, this homemade vanilla pudding is suitable for any occasion and tastes delicious served with fresh berries on top. Way tastier than instant puddings, made without any dairy, this vegan vanilla pudding is made with simple ingredients that come together to make a super easy dessert that the whole family will love.

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This irresistible, creamy vanilla pudding is low carb and suitable for all ages. Enjoy this pudding by itself or dress it up into a much more elegant dessert like Southern vegan banana pudding. There are tons of ways to customize this pudding recipe to fit your tastes. But no matter how you consume this delectable dessert – the most important thing is that you enjoy every bite!

👩🏽‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Gluten-Free: This delicious vanilla pudding is gluten-free!
  • Vegan Dessert: If you’re looking for a vanilla pudding that is totally plant-based, then this recipe is for you! It’s a great recipe for those with a dairy-allergy as well, since this is a completely dairy-free pudding.
  • Versatile: The ingredients are easy and basic which means this recipe is incredibly versatile, too! There are so many options for this fluffy pudding.
  • Kid-Friendly: This is a low sugar dessert that kids will devour!

🥘 Ingredients

This easy recipe is made with only minimal ingredients! You can find many of these main ingredients at your local grocery store or online. The full measurements are listed in the recipe card below!

vegan vanilla pudding ingredients
  • Milk: We used almond milk for this vanilla pudding recipe! You can either use store-bought almond milk or make your own. Any dairy free milk will work in this recipe.
  • Cornstarch: This is what makes the pudding thick! You’ll definitely want to make sure to have this basic ingredient in the pantry.
  • Sugar: Make sure the white granulated sugar you’re using is vegan!
  • Pure Vanilla extract: The perfect base, this extract gives this vegan vanilla pudding its comforting flavor.
  • Coconut oil: This ingredient is what helps the pudding become smooth and, if preferred, can be omitted.
  • Salt: A little bit of salt is used in this homemade pudding to bring out the sweetness and create a balanced combination of flavors.
  • Turmeric: If you want to give your pudding a little extra color, then just use a tiny bit of turmeric.

📖 Variations

  • Thickening Agent: Instead of corn starch, you could try substituting with tapioca starch or arrowroot powder.
  • Milk: Instead of almond milk, try using other non-dairy milks like full-fat coconut milk, oat milk, cashew, or soy milk.
  • Chocolate Version: For a healthy chocolate pudding, add vegan chocolate such as cacao or cocoa powder.
  • Sweetener: Instead of sugar, use any liquid sweetener such as maple syrup or agave. You can use also substitute the white sugar with coconut or date sugar. For a sugar free vanilla pudding, use monk fruit extract instead of sugar!
  • Chia Seeds: To make a chia pudding, simply add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds into the pudding and stir to combine right before you transfer it to a container to chill in the fridge.
  • Toppings and Mix-Ins: For an extra level of flavor, feel free to add your favorite fresh fruit (fresh blueberries or any berries would be great), cashew butter, or peanut butter. You could even add banana slices to make a banana cream pie flavored pudding. For a “birthday cake” feel, top with rainbow sprinkles!

🍽 Equipment

🔪 Instructions

Mix Ingredients: In a medium saucepan, whisk all the ingredients except for the vanilla extract.

almond milk added to pot

Thicken & Add Vanilla: Bring the saucepan over the stove over medium heat. Whisk occasionally to prevent the pudding from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Once the pudding starts to bubble, steam for one to two minutes. Next, add the vanilla extract and combine.

wet ingredients mixed in a pot

Serve: Transfer the vanilla pudding in individual bowls or ramekins and allow it to cool. Alternatively, you can put the entire pudding in one container if you plan to store and serve it later.

vegan vanilla pudding topped with fresh berries in a glass bowl

Chill: Finally, place the pudding in the refrigerator for at least an hour to thicken. Optional: Serve this vegan pudding recipe with fresh strawberries, coconut cream, animal crackers, nilla wafers, or cookies.

closeup of vegan vanilla pudding topped with fresh berries

❓Recipe FAQs

Will pudding set if it’s made with almond milk?

Yes! As long as you have the thickening agent, you can use any plant milk and the pudding will still set in the refrigerator.

Is vanilla pudding healthy?

Although this vanilla pudding does contain refined sugar, you can easily make it healthier by just cutting the amount of sugar in half. By doing so, each serving will only have about 6-7 grams of sugar which is much healthier than any pudding you could make using a store-bought instant pudding mix!

What is the difference between vanilla pudding and French vanilla pudding?

The difference between these two puddings is that French vanilla pudding typically uses egg yolks for a richer flavor.

Is Jell-O Instant Pudding vegan?

Yes, this type of Instant Pudding is vegan! Always be sure to read the ingredients on the label as not all instant puddings are vegan.

vegan vanilla pudding topped with fresh berries in a glass bowl

🧊 How to Store

  • In the Refrigerator: Stored in an airtight container, this vegan vanilla pudding recipe will remain fresh in the refrigerator for up to four days.
  • To Freeze: If freezing this vanilla pudding, then transfer the cooled pudding to a container. Place plastic wrap over the top and seal with a lid. Be sure to put the date on the pudding! While the pudding will be safe to eat after being frozen and defrosted, keep in mind that freezing the pudding may change its texture.

💭 Expert Tips

  • Since this is a vegan pudding, the color will be ashen. Use a pinch of turmeric to achieve a golden look.
  • Coconut oil is essential to a smooth pudding. It doesn’t affect the flavor, and is technically not needed, but if you want that thick, creamy pudding texture I would recommend using it!
  • Allow the pudding to cool at room temperature before placing it in the refrigerator.

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vegan vanilla pudding topped with fresh berries in a glass bowl

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📋 Recipe Card

vegan vanilla pudding topped with fresh berries in a glass bowl
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5 from 5 votes

Vegan Vanilla Pudding

This vegan vanilla pudding is out-of-this-world creamy, smooth, and full of delicious flavors! Just like traditional fluffy vanilla pudding, this non-dairy vanilla pudding recipe is quick and easy to make with basic ingredients.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Chill Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 7 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 158kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 pinch salt
  • turmeric for color
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • First, mix all the ingredients in a medium sauce pan, whisk all the ingredients except for the vanilla extract. Whisk well to avoid lumps.
  • Bring the saucepan over the stove over medium heat. Whisk occasionally to prevent the pudding from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Once the pudding starts to bubble, steam for one to two minutes.
  • Next, add the vanilla extract and combine.
  • Transfer the vanilla pudding in individual bowls or ramekins and allow it to cool. Alternatively, transfer it to one large container if you plan to serve it later.
  • Finally, place the pudding in the refrigerator for at least an hour to thicken.

Optional

  • Serve this vegan vanilla pudding with fresh strawberries, coconut cream, animal crackers, nilla wafers, or cookies.

Video

https://youtu.be/2hQ38Bhq2bs

Notes

  • Since this is a vegan pudding, the color will be ashen. Use a pinch of turmeric to achieve a golden look.
  • Coconut oil is essential to a smooth pudding. It doesn’t affect the flavor, and is technically not needed, but if you want that thick, creamy pudding texture I would recommend using it!
  • Allow the pudding to cool at room temperature before placing it in the refrigerator.
  • Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • For a healthy vanilla pudding, reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe by half.

Nutrition

Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 173mg | Potassium: 5mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g

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