I love pudding and so do the kids! And I have said this before but here it goes! You don’t have to be diabetic to fall for one of these rich puddings. You will taste the love that makes these the best puddings you have ever had. Serve slightly warm from the stove and you may be amazed at how quickly you decide to avoid those prepared-prepackaged-artificially flavored versions.
You basic pudding consists of milk,flavorings, sugar, corn starch and eggs. By changing some of the ingredients to more health friendly versions you can make a delicious version of almost any pudding.
For example, substitute Splenda for the sugar and you instantly have a no-sugar version. I prefer the Splenda brand but you could also use any other brand that can be used in cooking. Some cannot replace sugar in cooking so read the package.
For a vanilla pudding you would need:
- 3 cups low-fat milk (2%)
- 1/4 cup Splenda for cooking
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 egg,slightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon butter
Combine ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a low boil over medium heat, Stirring continually with a wooden spoon or wire whisk. Heat the mixture until it just begins to boil. Small bubbles form around the edge of the liquid. If using a whisk, switch to a spoon and continue to stir gently, scraping the bottom with each pass of the spoon, until the mixture reaches a full boil and is thick. Remove from heat and pour into serving dishes immediately. To prevent a skin from forming on top of the pudding, place a piece of clear plastic wrap directly on top of the pudding. Cool. May be served at room temperature or slightly warm, or cold. Try a sugar-free whipped topping if you like.
Want chocolate pudding? Add 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder, increase the Splenda to 1/3 cup and the butter to 2 tablespoons. Follow the recipe and the cooking directions.
How about a fruit pudding? You can replace 1 cup of the milk with 1 cup of a sugar-free juice concentrate, or you can add 2 tablespoons of sugar-free jam or jelly and leave the milk amount the same. You can also add fresh fruit to the vanilla version just before serving. Stir the fruit info the cooled pudding.
Either way get creative and enjoy!