It is a sad fact that most folks under the age of 60 don’t remember how to make homemade pudding from scratch anymore. Boxed pudding (like Jell-O Brand – yikes!) was introduced to the American public during the processed food explosion that gained momentum after WWII ended.
The incredible ease of making instant pudding by just emptying a box of sugar/chemicals into a bowl and mixing in some milk quickly eliminated any memory of how to cook pudding over the stove with real ingredients!
There’s not doubt that warm pudding cooked over the stove is the ultimate comfort food. There is no reason why it can’t be full of nutrition as well! After you try this recipe, I guarantee you won’t be buying boxed pudding (a la “chemicals in a box”) ever again. Your children (and YOU) will love this.
3 cups whole milk (preferably fresh, nonhomogenized milk from a local family farm)
2 extra large, free range eggs or 4 egg yolks
1 TBL butter (sources)
1/3 cup freshly ground flour (use 1/2 cup cocoa powder and 1/4 cup flour for chocolate pudding) (sources)
1/2 cup sucanat or rapadura (evaporated cane juice) (sources)
4 drops liquid stevia (sources)
2 tsp vanilla (sources)
In a large saucepan, combine sugar and flour (and cocoa powder if making chocolate pudding). Stir in milk. Cook and stir with a whisk over medium heat until the mixture is thickened and bubbly. Cook a couple more minutes and then remove saucepan from heat.
In a small glass bowl, beat eggs or egg yolks and then gradually stir in about a cup of the cooked mixture all the while whisking vigorously. Return egg/milk mixture to the saucepan and put back on medium heat. If using eggs, cook/stir until nearly bubbly but not a boil. If using yolks cook/stir to a low boil. Reduce heat and cook/stir for a couple more minutes.
Remove from heat. Stir in butter, stevia, and vanilla. Let cool for 5 minutes and serve warm.
Spoon out the uneaten portion into single serving snack cups with lids and you have healthy lunchbox pudding cups!
For a how-to video of this recipe, click here.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist