28 Forgotten Yet Easy Pudding Recipes for Any Season or Occasion (2024)

Rice.

It’s one of those things when you make it; you’d better not make too much because it doesn’t taste good when you have to reheat it.

Yet, I seem to make too much every time I make it. The other day, I became tired of repurposing my leftover rice to the animals.

Instead, I decided to make rice pudding. That was when I realized how many delicious and easy pudding recipes there are out there and how it easily gets overlooked when we’re planning desserts.

If you haven’t had pudding in a while and would like to enjoy a traditional dessert, here are the easy pudding recipes which have been hiding in plain sight:

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1. Classic Vanilla Rice Pudding

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This is the recipe I chose the other night when I had leftover rice on hand. It turned out beautifully and was easy to make.

The only item which should be noted is to pay attention when the milk mixture is coming to a boil. It will boil over quickly and make quite a mess. (I learned this from experience.)

2. Tapioca Pudding

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When I was a little girl, I loved the movie, Thoroughly Modern Milly. There was a line in the movie where she sang tap, tap, tap-tap, tapioca.

I want to sing the song every time I look at this recipe. If you’d love a pudding dessert worth singing about, you must try this one.

3. Old Fashioned Rice Pudding

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Before we get away from the rice pudding recipes, I felt this classic must be shared as well. It includes rice, milk, two different types of sugar, butter, and spices.

Yet, what gives this one its classic appeal is the raisins incorporated on top. It provides the pudding with a sweeter flavor and more visual appeal.

4. Mama’s Best Banana Pudding

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Banana pudding is my absolute favorite type of pudding. There’s something about it which makes it feel homey and welcoming.

The next time you wish to serve a dessert to make your guests feel right at home, pull out this homemade banana pudding recipe. They’ll love you for it.

5. Homemade Chocolate Pudding

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We forget about homemade pudding since we now have the instant boxed pudding mixes. Yet, there doesn’t seem to be a comparison to homemade.

After seeing how easy pudding recipes is to create, it seems worth the small amount of added effort. Try this recipe and develop your opinion on the matter.

6. Creamy Homemade Vanilla Pudding

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Is vanilla pudding more your preference? Before you reach for the instant pudding, check out this recipe for a delicious and creamy homemade vanilla pudding.

The ingredients are simple and seem easy enough to put together to form adelicious and comforting dessert.

7. Old Fashioned Custard

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There are custard puddings and custard pies. However you choose to eat your custard, you’ll most likely agree it’s delicious.

The ingredients are simple as it only requires a few pantry staples such as eggs, sugar, milk, vanilla, and nutmeg.

8. Mexican Rice Pudding

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I’m a big fan of the Food Network chef, Marcela Valladolid. She has the cutest personality and comes up with some delicious Mexican cuisine.

This recipe for Mexican rice pudding is no different. The main difference between this recipe and most other rice puddings is it has more spice and golden raisins.

9. Boston Cream Pie Pudding

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Are you a fan of chocolate cream pie? You’ll love this recipe. It has two layers in the pudding. One is vanilla almond pudding, and the other is chocolate pudding.

Once the two puddings are made, they’re layered together like a parfait. It gives you the best of both worlds in one cup.

10. Homemade Pumpkin Pudding

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Whether you’re hankering to get into the mood for fall, or you happened to find a sale on canned pumpkin, either is a great excuse to make this recipe.

It’s easy to make as it only requires pureed pumpkin, some basic spices, milk, egg, sugar, and some cornstarch to thicken.

11. Salted Caramel Rice Pudding

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Let’s say you don’t want a traditional rice pudding, an old-fashioned rice pudding, or even a Mexican style rice pudding.

Then this version of rice pudding could be your new favorite. It’s topped with salted caramel. The creamy goodness of the pudding and the sweetness of the caramel is enough to make you want to skip straight to dessert.

12. Spiced Eggnog Pudding

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Looking for a way to utilize the leftover eggnog? This easypuddingrecipe could be the tastiest way yet.

It’s a mixture of eggnog, heavy cream, and cornstarch. The mixture is spiced and sweetened. Finally, it’s finished off with a dollop of whipped topping.

13. Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

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Do you have old bread on hand you’re afraid you may have to toss because of how crusty it has become?

Don’t toss it until you check out this recipe. It teaches you how to turn the crusty loaf into a delicious bread pudding with a vanilla bean sauce.

14. Homemade Peanut Butter Pudding

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Do you enjoy the mixture of peanut butter and chocolate? If your answer was yes, you’ll adore this recipe.

They utilize chocolate milk, peanut butter, cocoa powder, sugar, and a few other basics to bring you a unique dessert option.

15. Almond Pudding

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If you have to stay away from cow’s milk, this might be a good pudding choice for you, depending upon if you have other allergies or not.

Basically, the base is made from almond milk, almond extract, eggs, butter, sugar, salt, and cornstarch. It could be a delicious dessert with a slightly different flavor.

16. Norwegian Pudding

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This Norwegian style pudding is known as Rommegrot. It’s a simple warm pudding recipe which almost anyone can make.

It only requires milk, flour, sugar, salt, butter, and cinnamon sugar for the topping. If you’d like to try a comforting yet different dessert, give this one a try.

17. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pudding

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This recipe reminds me a great deal of a homemade vanilla pudding because of the base. It’s made up of sugar, salt, milk, cornstarch, vanilla extract, and butter.

But what sets this pudding apart is it’s finished with mini chocolate chips. It gives you a hint of chocolate as a cookie would.

18. Mango and Coconut Pudding

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Are you looking for a pudding which is a little less traditional? This recipe could be what you’ve had in mind.

It is set up as a parfait would be. The base is a coconut pudding made from coconut milk while the top pudding is made of mangos, cornstarch, and a few other basic ingredients.

19. Lemon Pudding

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My kids enjoy anything lemon flavored. This is how I know this pudding recipe would be a definite hit in my house.

If you’re a fan oflemon flavored pudding, you must try this one. They also include a recipe for a cream cheese frosting to top it off.

20. Apple Pudding

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This is a unique pudding recipe. It includes shredded apples with a typical pudding base consisting of sugar, eggs, milk, and familiar spices.

However, this easypuddingrecipe is finished off with a cinnamon Italian roll crust and vanilla ice cream too. It sounds like a delightful way to finish a meal.

21. Cinnamon-Mascarpone Pudding

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I’m a huge fan of mascarpone in my desserts. There’s something rich and creamy about it which no other ingredient give the same flavor.

Therefore, this recipe had to be shared because it will offer a creamy pudding with the comforting and familiar flavor of cinnamon.

22. Caramel Early Grey Milk Tea Pudding

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It’s a long name, I know. It also has quite a few steps to make this pudding, but what a dessert it will be by the end of the process!

This pudding consists of a caramel base. From there, you create an earl grey tea pudding. Finally, the pudding is finished with a homemade caramel sauce.

23. Classic Butterscotch Pudding

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Do you enjoy diving into a bowl of butterscotch pudding? After checking out this recipe, you won’t have to buy the instant option anymore.

Instead, it can be easily made with only a few basic ingredients such as brown sugar, milk, butter, eggs, cornstarch, and vanilla.

24. Irish Coffee Pudding

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This pudding will put a little pep in your step. It has the basic milk base, but it also includes heavy cream, espresso powder, and Irish whiskey.

Yet, it doesn’t stop there. You also make a homemade whipped topping to finish the dessert off.

25. Peach Pudding

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We sometimes associate pudding with winter time because of the rich flavors most puddings come in.

However, with this peach pudding, you can enjoy pudding all year round. It would also be a great way to use some frozen peaches over winter too.

26. Homemade Pistachio Pudding

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Pistachio pudding has fascinated me for years. I’ve loved the unique flavor about it and the bright green color it has too.

If you’re a fan of pistachio pudding, you should check out this delicious homemade and easy pudding recipe.

27. Lemon Buttermilk Pudding

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Are you looking for a delicately flavored pudding perfect for family get togethers or entertaining larger groups?

Well, this unique pudding could be what you’ve been looking for. It requires only a few minutes of work but will need to be refrigerated for at least three hours.

28. Mint Chocolate Chia Pudding

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Do you enjoy chia pudding? Are you also a fan of mint chocolate chip? This could be your perfect combination.

It begins with a chocolate chia pudding. The pudding is topped with a mint chocolate whipped cream to make this decadent pudding.

There you have it! 28 different pudding recipes to choose from. Whether you want a cool dessert for summer, a warm dessert for winter, a quick dessert for family, or a swanky dessert for a party, pudding can fit into any of these categories.

Hopefully you’ll find a favorite you enjoy and constantly keep a dessert ready to go whenever the occasion calls.

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