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So, last month we focused on high protein desserts. This month we are going to take a look at the differences between homemade and purchased desserts and look into why homemade desserts are better for you. Today, let’s take a look at pudding. Pudding is a simple dessert that you can do lots of different things with – like top it with fruit or make a trifle with it. It’s a fun and versatile dessert. So, what is the difference?
Well, let’s look at the ingredients list. Logic dictates that if we can’t figure out how to pronounce an ingredient we probably shouldn’t eat it. Likewise, if it’s a synthetic or super processed ingredient it probably is best to not eat it. Also, fewer ingredients are usually better. So, regular vanilla flavored Jell-O brand pudding has 13 ingredients. Homemade has 6-7 (depending on if you make it chocolate or peanut butter). The ingredients of Jell-O brand are sugar, modified cornstarch (so cornstarch that is chemically altered and highly processed), natural and artificial flavors (artificial flavors are synthetic), salt, disodium phosphate and tetrasodium pyrophosphate (highly processed and a bit controversial), mono-and diglycerides (this actually contains artificial trans-fat and is a byproduct of oil processing!), artificial colors yellow 5 and yellow 6 (synthetic and has been linked to cancer as well as a array of issues in children from hyperactivity to aggression to allergies!), BHA (potentially causes cancer). Oh, and of course you also add milk to make it. Okay, so that’s all a bit depressing. What about Homemade Pudding? Please tell me it’s better! The ingredients of homemade pudding are simple: flour, sugar, salt, milk, egg yolks, and pure vanilla extract, you can also add peanut butter powder or cocoa powder to make it different flavors. It’s true all these ingredients have been controversial at some point or another but seeing as they are all REAL ingredients I think they must be a lot better right? One other benefit of making desserts at home, YOU control the quality of the ingredients. Wanna make this with organic, grass-fed, raw milk you can. How about some ethically raised, cage-free eggs? Go for it! You are in control. Oh, one other thing, homemade desserts ALWAYS taste better than store bought! Do a side by side comparison if you don’t believe me. The picture shows store bought pudding in the back with homemade in the foreground.
So now that we know why homemade pudding is so much better let’s make some! In a saucepan combine the flour, sugar, and salt. If you want to make peanut butter or chocolate pudding this is where you add the peanut butter powder or cocoa powder.
Whisk in the whole milk.
Whisk in the egg yolks.
Heat and whisk over medium heat until thickened. Note: you can heat it at medium-high if you are diligent with your stirring.
Once thickened remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the pure vanilla extract.
Now the nice thing about this is you have two options 1. refrigerate the pudding until cooled (it will firm up a bit more too) or 2. eat the pudding now while it’s still warm! It is super good warm, that’s my dad’s favorite way to enjoy homemade pudding. Try this homemade pudding, I am sure that you are going to love what you taste. Also, since it takes a little bit more effort to make you’ll burn more calories making it then you would if you just used store bought!
What flavor homemade pudding will you try?
- 6T. flour
- 6T cocoa or peanut butter powder (optional)
- 1⅓c. sugar
- ⅛t. salt
- 3c. milk
- 4 egg yolks
- 4t. pure vanilla extract
- In a medium saucepan whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and cocoa or peanut butter powder if using.
- Whisk in the milk. Whisk in the egg yolks.
- Heat the saucepan over medium heat, stirring very often until thickened.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
- Serve warm or chilled.
Original Recipe By: Rilla Banks (A.K.A. Epic Sweet)