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5 from 16 votes

Easy Homemade Vanilla Pudding

If you are a pudding lover, you need to try this from scratch vanilla pudding. It is super easy to make and tastes so much better than instant pudding. If I can do it, you can do it!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Cooling time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy, smooth, sweet
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 223kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • pot
  • spatula or wooden spoon
  • metal spoon
  • serving containers
  • Plastic wrap


  • 2 cups of milk whole, 2%, 1% (500ml) Almond milk works too, but only use 1 1/2 cups of it.
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar 100g
  • 3 Tbsp. of cornstarch 23g
  • 1/4 tsp. of salt 1g
  • 1 Tbsp. of butter 14g
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract 5ml


  • In a small bowl whisk together the cornstarch, sugar, and salt.
  • Add the milk to a medium pot and heat it on the stovetop with medium heat until bubbles form on the edges.
  • Stir in the cornstarch mixture a little at a time until it dissolves completely. Continue stirring and heating the milk until it thickens up and becomes pudding. The way you can tell if it is thick enough is it will stick to the back of a spoon and not fall off easily.
  • Remove the pudding from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract and butter. Scoop or pour the pudding into serving bowls and allow it cool for 15 minutes or so at room temp. Then cover the bowls with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill for at least an hour. Or you can eat the pudding warm. Enjoy!



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