Vanilla Pudding {Dairy Free, Paleo, Egg Free, Nut Free, AIP}

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This Dairy Free & Paleo Vanilla Pudding is creamy, luscious, and perfectly sweetened. It can be eaten plain or used in any recipe that calls for the boxed variety.



If you saw my chocolate pudding recipe, you know that we used to love the Snack Pack pudding cups before going gluten and dairy free. While we have been enjoying my chocolate pudding for some time, I have been unable to re-create the luscious and creamy vanilla Snack Pack pudding cups that we all loved. Until now! While it might seem like a basic recipe, for some reason I’ve had lots of trouble with it. It’s taken me over a year to perfect it! But I finally got the flavors and texture down just right, so I am really excited to share it today!!!

We usually eat this pudding plain or with bananas or berries. But it can also be used in any recipe that calls for the boxed variety – such as banana cream pies, tarts, parfaits, and so much more! And if all of that wasn’t enough, this recipe is AIP (Auto-Immune Protocol) friendly which means it’s free of nuts, eggs, grains, soy, refined sugar, and dairy! Plus, it’s thickened with gelatin which is great for digestion & leaky gut! Β It’s a win-win recipe – Enjoy πŸ™‚

Β *I am just learning about the AIP diet, so if you follow this diet please double check every ingredient!

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Vanilla Pudding {Dairy Free, Paleo, AIP}

This Paleo Vanilla Pudding is creamy, luscious, and can be used in any recipe that calls for the boxed variety such as banana cream pies, parfaits, & more!
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Course: dairy free, Dessert, gluten free, Nut Free, paleo, Soy Free
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy free pudding, dairy free pudding no avocado, dairy free vanilla pudding, paleo pudding no avocado, paleo vanilla pudding, soy free pudding
Prep Time: 15 minutes
4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 334kcal

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  • 13.33 oz. Full-Fat Coconut Milk (one can)
  • 1 Cup Non-Dairy Milk Of Choice
  • 1 Tbsp. + 1 1/2 tsp. Gelatin
  • 1/2 C Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. Honey
  • Pinch or Two of Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Fresh Lemon Juice optional but brightens up the flavor
  • 1 Tbsp. Pure Vanilla


  • Whisk together the coconut milk, non-dairy milk, maple syrup, honey, vanilla, salt, and lemon juice in a medium-sized pot. Place the mixture over medium-heat.
  • While it's warming up, evenly sprinkle the gelatin over the milk mixture so it can "bloom" - or get wet and soften.
  • Once the gelatin has softened, whisk constantly until the gelatin is completely dissolved and steam is rising and it looks like there's a thin layer of white foam on top of the mixture. Do not bring to boil. Continue whisking until you are sure the gelatin is completely dissolved, about 5 minutes (otherwise you will have small clumps of gelatin in your pudding, which is no good!).
  • Pour pudding into 4 small glass serving dishes or a medium-sized mixing bowl - do not stir after this point. Cool 10 minutes, then refrigerate 2 to 4 hours or until set. For an extra silky pudding, chill in a mixing bowl and beat with a hand-held mixer just prior to serving.
  • Enjoy!
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Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Pudding {Dairy Free, Paleo, AIP}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 334 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Sodium 16mg 1%
Potassium 298mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Sugars 30g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin C 1.4%
Calcium 6.1%
Iron 17.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information is approximate and may vary.


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Posted January 29, 2015 by Cassidy in AIP, Desserts, Egg Free, Milk & Cheese Substitutes, Nut Free, Paleo / 31 Comments


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31 responses to “Vanilla Pudding {Dairy Free, Paleo, Egg Free, Nut Free, AIP}

  1. Vanessa

    Hi, haven’t tried this yet but looking forward to a trial run as I’d like to have it with my gluten and dairy free mince pies on Christmas Day in place of egg and dairy custard.

    Question though: Can this pudding be reheated?

    One tip I can provide to make it vegan (as well as removing the honey) is to use agar instead of gelatin. It doesn’t behave quite the same way when prepping and you don’t use as much, but the end result will be just as good πŸ™‚

  2. Laura

    I just finished making this recipe and put it in the fridge to cool. I haven’t tasted the finished product but I did lick the spoon and OMGoodness! It is so yummy! I even reduced the maple syrup to 1/4 c. and divided it into 6 cups instead of 4 in order to keep each serving to just a couple teaspoons per doctor’s orders for my daughter’s elimination diet.

  3. Heather

    Love this recipe! I was wondering if you’ve ever used it as a base for peanut butter pudding? I chose to add a few Tbsps. of arrowroot powder (which may change the type of diet requirements it meets) and reduce the gelatin a bit (like 2.5 tsps). Prepare as instructed stirring arrowroot in prior to gelatin. I allow to cool, place in my blender adding nut butter as desired – blend for 30 seconds and pour into dishes OR place on top of nut crust – cool and sprinkle with chocolate chips, nuts, coconut flakes. I just tried adding a few Tbsps of cocoa powder to this recipe (added some additional sweetener/stevia) – it’s great! Thanks for posting!

  4. Sarah

    This was so good…great taste plus benefits of gelatin (great lakes brand). I served with caramelized peaches.

  5. Ellie


    I actually broke my aip diet and ate a store bought Snack Pack. And this recipe was actually much more flavorful!

    I used 2 cups coconut milk to keep it aip and it turned out more like jello than pudding. Flavor was amazing though.

    I’ll make it again with less gelatin and see how it goes!

    Thank you!

  6. Lindsy

    Yum. Just tried this after making it earlier today. This was my first AIP treat since starting the diet 4 days ago. I used vanilla powder and homemade coconut milk to make it AIP compliant. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  7. Trinity A Schrieber

    That you for sharing! It is so hard to find good recipes that actually work and taste good for my little one! These are quick and easy which is even better.

  8. Cheryl Hartle

    May I ask what non dairy milk substitute you recommend to make it AIP compliant? Can you just use two cans of coconut milk? Also, vanilla powder is the substitute for vanilla to make this AIP compliant. Vanilla extract is not recommended due to the alcohol. You can get it on Amazon.

    • Thanks for the info about the vanilla Cheryl! And yes, an additional cup of coconut milk should work fine πŸ™‚ Let me know what you think!!!!

  9. I love vanilla pudding!! I’ve cut out gluten awhile back and have recently started to cut back on dairy and sugar too, but realllllllly missing vanilla pudding so I’m very happy to find your recipe. THANK YOU!! There are so many great chocolate pudding recipes that are Paleo/AIP/Dairy free etc, but not many vanilla ones out there.
    I didn’t have much maple syrup left so I added 1/3 cup coconut sugar. It was absolutely delicious and I loved the gelatin to thicken it up instead of the usual cornstarch in puddings. SO much better for you!!! I couldn’t wait the 2+ hours to try it so I put them in the freezer for a bit and then dug into it after about 1/2 hour…deeeelicious! Not sure if its ok to freeze gelatin but it seemed alright consistency-wise. Added some toasted coconut on top which was a great complement to the coconut flavour from the milk. THANKS again! πŸ™‚

  10. vegetarianmamma (Cindy)

    Kids would love this! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays Party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see what you share next time!

  11. Natalie

    Yummy! Thanks for working on and perfecting a recipe for vanilla! I don’t love chocolate so I’m thrilled to see this.

    • Hi Jackie! I usually just buy the Knox gelatin that’s found at most grocery stores but I’m going to start using the Great Lakes gelatin because I think it’s more cost effective πŸ™‚

      Hope you like it!

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