Now that I'm all grown-up and what not, I feel that it's important to make things from scratch whenever possible. I know what goes into my food, I savor rather than inhale and my daughter is growing up in the kitchen...in a good way. This responsible parent thing can be incredibly frustrating, but overall worth while. 

One of our favorite treats is pudding. Actually, we haven't met a treat we didn't like. Anyway, making pudding was always so simple back in the day; heat up the milk, open the packet of mystery powder, pour mystery powder in milk, stir, refrigerate and consume...all of it. Oh the good old days. 

Dairy-Free Vanilla Pudding

Now, I've had mixed reactions on this; it's because it's not the usual sweet stuff Bill Cosby peddles. You may not find it sweet enough (add more sweetener) or you don't dig the hint of coconut it has due to the coconut milk (change your milk). Regardless, I'm sharing this with you so you have a basic vanilla base to tweak according to your preferences. 


  • 1/3c. coconut sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. arrowroot starch
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt, fine
  • 2 c. coconut milk, full fat
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Whisk egg yolks in a small bowl and set aside
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, add the butter and stir until melted
  3. Add sugar, starch and salt to the saucepan and whisk until well combined
  4. Gradually pour and continuously whisk in the mil
  5. Cook over medium heat, continuously stirring
  6. Once you see consistent bubbling, reduce the heat to low
  7. Slowly add  ½ cup of the hot mixture to the egg yolk, while continuously whisking.  (otherwise you get scrambled eggs)
  8. Add tempered egg mixture back to saucepan and turn burner back up to medium heat
  9. Bring to a gentle boil for 1 minute then remove from heat.
  10. Gently stir in vanilla
  11. Cool for 15 minutes; cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.

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