Homemade Vanilla Pudding Recipe

Homemade Vanilla Pudding Recipe – Super easy, this creamy, classic vanilla pudding is fabulous on its own or with fruits, cookies, and so much more! Egg-free and ready in minutes!

Homemade Vanilla Pudding Recipe - Super easy, this creamy, classic vanilla pudding is fabulous on its own or with fruits, cookies, and so much more! Egg-free and ready in minutes! // addapinch.com

Homemade vanilla pudding makes a creamy, classic dessert right on its own or served as part of other recipes like banana pudding, a delicious trifle, and so much more. While many vanilla pudding recipes are made with eggs, like the one included in my banana pudding recipe, this recipe doesn’t include a single egg!

This egg-free vanilla pudding recipe is made with just six simple ingredients and is ready in a snap!

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Homemade Vanilla Pudding Recipe

Homemade Vanilla Pudding Recipe - Super easy, this creamy, classic vanilla pudding is fabulous on its own or with fruits, cookies, and so much more! Egg-free and ready in minutes! // addapinch.com

How to Make Homemade Vanilla Pudding

To make this homemade vanilla pudding, you simply need to whisk together your sugar, cornstarch and salt in a small bowl and set it aside. Then, pour your milk into a medium sauce pan set over medium heat. You’ll heat your milk until it just begins to begin bubbling around the edges of the pan. You’ll want to carefully watch it to make sure that it doesn’t overheat and come to a boil.

Whisking constantly, now slowly incorporate your sugar mixture into the heated milk. Continue whisking until the pudding is thick and creamy and coats the back of a metal spoon. This only takes a few minutes.

Now, remove your pudding from the heat and add your butter and vanilla extract. Whisk until completely combined.

Pour your vanilla pudding into an airtight container or a medium glass bowl that can be easily covered with wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour to overnight so that it is perfectly creamy and thick! Of course, you can enjoy it sooner if you prefer.

Vanilla Pudding Options

Homemade Vanilla Pudding Recipe - Super easy, this creamy, classic vanilla pudding is fabulous on its own or with fruits, cookies, and so much more! Egg-free and ready in minutes! // addapinch.com

There are numerous ways to enjoy this delicious vanilla pudding, here are a few of our favorites:

  1. Banana Pudding – Stir in sliced bananas and vanilla wafers for an egg-free banana pudding recipe.
  2. Berries and Vanilla Pudding – Top with fresh berries.
  3. Cookies and Cream Pudding – Stir crushed Oreo® cookies into the vanilla pudding.

Homemade Vanilla Pudding Recipe - Super easy, this creamy, classic vanilla pudding is fabulous on its own or with fruits, cookies, and so much more! Egg-free and ready in minutes! // addapinch.com

Here’s my Homemade Vanilla Pudding recipe. I think you’ll love it!

Homemade Vanilla Pudding Recipe - Super easy, this creamy, classic vanilla pudding is fabulous on its own or with fruits, cookies, and so much more! Egg-free and ready in minutes! // addapinch.com
Yield: 8 servings (about 4 cups)

Homemade Vanilla Pudding Recipe

Total Time 15 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes

Homemade Vanilla Pudding Recipe - Super easy, this creamy, classic vanilla pudding is fabulous on its own or with fruits, cookies, and so much more! Egg-free and ready in minutes! // addapinch.com

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Directions

  1. Whisk together sugar, cornstarch and salt in a small bowl and set aside. 

  2. Pour the milk into a medium saucepan set over medium heat and allow to heat until bubble form around the edges. Slowly add the sugar mixture into the hot milk, whisking constantly. Make sure that the mixture does not heat to the point of reaching a boil. 

  3. Cook the mixture until the pudding thickens and coats that back of metal spoon. 

  4. Remove the pudding from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract and the butter. Whisk until completely combined. 

  5. Transfer to an airtight container or a bowl and cover. Chill for at least one hour to overnight before serving. 

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Vanilla Pudding Recipe
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 213 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 223mg 9%
Potassium 161mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Sugars 31g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 5.7%
Calcium 13.8%
Iron 0.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

 

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

6 comments on “Homemade Vanilla Pudding Recipe”

  1. A good real vanilla pudding is one of my favorite things, but I’ve never made it before. Out of curiousity, why not include egg yolks? Surely they offer more than a more rich appearance. Are they a nuisance in the stirring to finish (without boiling)? I looked at another recipe with egg yolks and instructions did not seem any harder with the eggs. I’d really like you insight on the difference(s). Thanks.

    • Hi Leslie,
      My family loves homemade vanilla pudding too!
      I made this particular pudding without eggs because I have so many people ask for eggless recipes due to allergies.
      I have vanilla pudding that includes eggs in my Southern Banana Pudding (link shared in this post as well) and it’s absolutely delicious!
      You can definitely make either pudding you wish and enjoy them topped in some of the ways I’ve shown, or in my Southern Banana Pudding. Hope you enjoy the pudding! Thanks!

  2. This looks yummy! My question is, does this pudding get watery the next day?

  3. This recipe is amazing! Me and my family wanted to make pudding pops, so we used this recipe. We didn’t add in any sugar, but some of us added in some candy. We all had fruit. I can’t wait to try it when it’s done!

  4. I followed the recipe, but it never thickened and stayed soupy after hours in the fridge. 

    • I’m sorry to hear that your pudding wasn’t thick Heather. I can’t be sure what happened, but it always turns out thick when I’ve made it.
      It should get thick while heating, adding sugar slowly into the hot milk and whisking constantly (step 2 of recipe) and making certain that the mixture does not boil. As in step 3 of the recipe, cook the pudding mixture until it thickens to point of coating the back of metal spoon.
      I hope this helps. Thanks so much! xo

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