Homemade Vanilla Pudding

So easy to make, filled with healthy fats, and has the richest buttery flavor.
Homemade Vanilla Pudding | Real Food RN

When I was a kid, my mom had the big red Betty Crocker Cookbook with all the old vintage photos of food. I loved to page through the well-worn pages and look at all the strange jello mold desserts and salads with unrecognizable ingredients. The pictures were always amusing to me, but the recipes were anything but strange…they were downright delicious! Basic home-cooking.

My favorite recipe in that book has always been the homemade vanilla pudding! So easy to make, filled with healthy fats, and had the richest buttery flavor. I would eat the entire bowl full if they let me! What a great way to get your kids eating egg yolks, whole milk, and butter! I had to clean the recipe up a bit by getting rid of GMO cornstarch and GMO beet sugar, but the recipe still tastes the same. Enjoy!

Homemade Vanilla Pudding | Real Food RN

Homemade Vanilla Pudding

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

So easy to make, filled with healthy fats, and has the richest buttery flavor.



    1. In a small saucepan, add the sugar, arrowroot, and salt.
    2. Whisk dry ingredients together.
    3. Pour in milk while whisking continuously so the arrowroot powder does not clump.
    4. Over medium heat, whisk continuously until the liquid begins to thicken and comes to a boil (usually about 10 minutes).
    5. Continue to stir briskly for one more minute (this is important because if you don’t go the extra minute it will not be thick enough).
    6. Remove from heat and pour a small amount into a dish with the egg yolks, stir well to combine, and then add back into the pudding.
    7. Stir in butter and vanilla.
    8. Pour into serving dishes.
    9. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving, or cover and refrigerate. A skin may form on top of the pudding when refrigerated, this is normal and completely edible.

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17 Replies to “Homemade Vanilla Pudding”

  1. Can’t wait to try this recipe! FYI, its a little difficult to navigate your site, I can’t figure out how to close the newsletter subscription window.

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  2. I really liked this! We made it casein free by using a can of light coconut milk and ghee. There is something comforting about pudding….and the homemade can't even compare to the yucky store bought stuff! I am wondering how yours was so yellow though….coconut sugar is down, so is th end result!

  3. I made this today and the flavors are amazing! Unfortunately, it didn’t firm up so I am crossing my fingers overnight in the fridge will do the trick! Even if it doesn’t, I have no problem taking a spoon to it still:)

  4. Your ingredient list specifies pastured egg yolks. I’m curious as to the reason for this. I get my eggs from a friend that has her own chickens. I’m wondering if I can use the fresh eggs with the same results? Thanks for your amazing recipes!

    1. Absolutely! I am sure your friend lets her chickens out to eat bugs and greens as chickens love to do. This makes them pastured. They health benefits are far more than the farmed eggs we buy in the store.

  5. Hey there. Pinterest just recommended your page and I am so glad 😊 I’m currently in elimination stage of some food issues and I haven’t been able to reintroduce eggs yet. Do you think unflavored gelatin could work as a good binder for this in place of the eggs?
    Thanks so much. I love vanilla pudding and already had all the other ingredients.

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