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Creamy Vanilla Cinnamon Pudding

Vanilla Cinnamon Pudding from Weelicious

Coming up with simple snack recipes is something of an obsession for me. I often find myself thinking about what I can offer my kids after school that is healthy, but still feels like a treat for them. My seemingly never ending musings on the subject ultimately inspired my monthly "Snack Mom" column in Parents Magazine.

I made vanilla pudding out of a box for years until I realized a) what was in most boxed brands and b) just how simple it is to make homemade. After years of playing around with my recipe I ended up with this luscious version made with vanilla and cinnamon. I promise that it will totally knock your socks off.

By the way, have you ever watched how people eat pudding? Everyone seems to have their own creative way of going about it. My kids certainly do. While Kenya tends to just shovel his in, Chloe takes dainty bites, managing to stretch one bowl into a 20-minute spoon-licking experience.

The best part about this recipe is that I can fill a bunch of ramekins to the brim with pudding and keep them covered in the fridge for days to have on hand for a last minute snack.

Vanilla Cinnamon Pudding from Weelicious

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Creamy Vanilla Cinnamon Pudding (makes 2 cups )

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 5 mins

egg free

nut free

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 3 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cups low fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Preparation

1. In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and salt. Gradually whisk in the milk. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. The milk will foam and thicken slightly.

2. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.

3. Pour into individual serving bowls, and chill at least 30 minutes.



Note: To prevent a skin from forming place parchment paper or plastic wrap directly on top of the pudding so it is touching the surface.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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40 comments

  • Julie

    Would this work with soymilk or other non-dairy milk?

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    • Amanda

      i was also wondering if it would work with soy or almond milk...anyone ever try it?

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    • Leilei P

      I was also wondering if I could use almond or coconut milk. thanks.

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  • Kelly

    In South Africa we make this into a pie called milktart! It's delicious!

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  • Andrea

    Hi what kind of cornstarch do you use? Is it organic or is there an alternative? This sounds so good, but isnt cornstarch very processed with high calories and no nutrtional value?

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  • Rebecca

    This sounds delicious. I can't wait to try it. Can you also give us some advice on making alternate flavors? Thanks for all you do!

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  • Dailyn

    Love simple recipes! Can't wait to make it for my twins. Your website is awesome!

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  • Tamara

    I only buy whole milk, would that work?

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    • Catherine McCord

      Yes! Whole milk will work great!

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  • Sonja

    Yes, whole milk will work. It'll be creamier. Young children need the fat and should have whole milk. Helps their brains develop. It's us older folks that need to cut down on the fat a bit.

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  • Meghna

    So easy. Actually, I converted this recipe into a Paleo, dairy-free, nut free, basically allergy free, version by just changing the milk to canned coconut milk and the cornstarch to tapioca starch and the refined sugar to coconut palm sugar. Otherwise, kept all measurements exactly as Catherine wrote in her recipe. The results are fantastic! Now my husband and I can indulge with our kiddos! Also, it came out so good, that I quickly made 2 more batches, but this time, I changed out the flavors. One batch I made with a traditional Indian dessert flavoring. Instead of cinnamon and vanilla, I added 1/4 teaspoon of cardamom powder and a pinch of saffron, gently crushed between fingers. In the other batch, I added a 1/4 cup pureed fresh mango at the end, after turning off the heat, for a mango pudding flavor. Ah-Maze-Ing!!!!!

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    • Andrea

      Is tapioca starch the same thing as tapioca flour?

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    • April Amiel

      Sugar is sugar.

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  • Katie

    I grew up on boxed pudding too....homemade is so much better. Love the addition of cinnamon.

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  • Sara

    This recipe did not work for me. It was still in liquid form after refrigeration. I used coconut palm sugar instead. Followed instructions exactly. Not sure what happened :/

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    • Catherine McCord

      What kind of milk did you use? Did it thicken while it was on the stove?

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    • Christina

      It also stayed liquid for me. 2nd attempt I carefully measured the cornstarch (I eyed it the first time and it may not have been enough). After adding the milk I put down the whisk and picked up a small rubber spatula and stirred leisurely (I basically whisked it for 5 minutes the first time). The pudding really thickens on the stove so it's not really liquid by the time you put it in your ramekin. 2nd attempt is a winner! Hope this helps!

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    • April Amiel

      Same thing happened to me. Tasty but liquidy. What happened??? I followed directions exactly. Perhaps directions should have said to bring to a simmer, then cook for 5 minutes?

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    • Tiffany

      I haven't tried this recipe yet but I've tried the chocolate one from the lunches book and it only set up 1 of the 4 times I've tried it. It foams and thickens slightly in the pan but then stays liquid in the fridge. What is going wrong? Do I need to cook it longer?

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  • Janelle

    Making this for an after nap snack right now!!

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  • Cinnamon Vogue

    Can replace the cornstarch with something else? I am a little vary of cornstarch. Like somebody else said isn't corn starch like highly processed and bad for you?

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  • Gina

    Arrowroot is a great grain-free substitute for corn starch

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  • Tamara

    Can honey be used instead of sugar?

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  • HeatherChristo

    This looks great Catherine! I wonder what would happen if I tried to make it with Almond milk?

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  • Swantje

    The best Pudding ever!!!!!!

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  • Sara Raber

    Catherine-this came out great and both my 3 year old and husband loved it! Any thoughts on how to make a chocolate or butterscotch version....just thinking of our fave pudding flavors :)
    Thanks!

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  • Lindsey

    I added our day old rice to it. Rice pudding ! So good . Thanks

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  • Beth1723

    This was really good! I enjoyed it, and my 16-month old kept asking me for more....Hooray! I didn't have the heat up high enough on the stove at first, so it wasn't thickening. The stove really does need to be on \"medium\" heat, not a couple clicks below \"medium!\" Once I increased the heat a bit, it thickened right up and turned out great! The second time I made this, I omitted the cinnamon and added in about a teaspoon of chocolate flavoring. My little guy gave a positive review of that version, too!

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  • Terry

    Does it need to go into individual bowls or can I use a larger one?

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  • Kay

    What do you mean by chill?

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    • McCord

      Place in the refrigerator!

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  • Faline

    Can I use skim milk?

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    • McCord

      I haven't tested that, but it should work out. It might not get quite as thick as whole milk. Let me know if you try it and how it works out!

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  • MaryEllen Cox

    If it's not thickening, you've cook it too long. Cornstarch only needs a minute of boiling (200ºF)
    You've broken it :-(

    Here's the science:
    http://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/icooks/10-06-03.html

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  • Dorothy

    Used to calling this Blancmonge when I was a kid. I used to layer it with Jello and or fruit in a tall glass

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    • McCord

      Yum!

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  • Don Calkins

    Prefer my recipe, rich and custardy
    Basic rule
    1 cup milk
    1 egg
    2 tsp cornstarch
    2 tsp sugar
    flavorings to taste.
    beat w/ immersion blender

    try to simmer, not boil or use a double boiler

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