These homemade puddings make for irresistible, easy pudding desserts.
You know that Southern mamas are fans of food-inspired terms of endearment—honey, sugar, sweetie pie, and pudding. Only the sweetest, most beloved desserts get to double as monikers for loved ones. And if you’ve never been called pudding by an affectionate mother, grandmother, or aunt, well, bless your heart. The key to their—or anyone’s—heart could be one of the delectable homemade pudding recipes, from the transcendentally tropical to classic—and super simple—chocolate. The base of many of these is comprised of supplies you probably have on hand, like eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, and milk. Old standbys like our Real Banana Pudding recipe transport you back to meals at grandparents’ houses growing up. Or step things up a notch with a more unexpected dish like, Lemony Rice Pudding with Figs and Saba. (Which, might we add, is incredibly photogenic.)
Whichever you choose, these homemade puddings make for irresistible, super-simple desserts. Get even more quick and easy dessert ideas here.
Recipe: Tangerine Pudding
You'll need about six to eight tangerines for the two cups of juice in this recipe. Feel free to substitute any variety of oranges or mandarins if you'd like.
Recipe: Chocolate Pudding
This chocolate pudding is everything you dream of—chocolaty rich, silky smooth, and light on calories!
Luscious Orange Panna Cotta
Recipe: Luscious Orange Panna Cotta
Panna cotta is a silky custard made without eggs that’s often topped with a sauce. We infused orange rinds in this fresh and tasty version and then topped it with Buttery Orange Curd and sweetened orange pieces.
Tropical Coconut Pudding
Recipe: Tropical Coconut Pudding
Top this pudding with any ripe fruit. If you're looking for crunchy texture, gild it with crushed banana chips or chopped macadamia nuts.
Recipe: Chocolate Parfait
Sugar-free pudding layered with chocolate graham cracker crumbs and topped off with whipped cream, this pudding is both delicious and easy to make.
Peanut Butter-Banana Pudding
Recipe: Peanut Butter-Banana Pudding
Layering pudding in half-pint jars gives you room to garnish and screw on the lids so you can place them in your cooler for easy transport.
Buttermilk Peach Pudding
Recipe: Buttermilk Peach Pudding
This juicy peach pudding recipe is perfect for a picnic or patio outdoor setting. Serve warm or cold with ice cream
Chocolate Cookie Pudding
Recipe: Chocolate Cookie Pudding
Pecans, sandwich cookies, and cream cheese add a decadent touch to this dessert.
Lemony Rice Pudding with Figs and Saba
Saba, an ancient sweetener traditionally made from grape juice, lends a subtle but complex flavor to this traditional dessert.
Delta Velvet Pudding Dessert
Recipe: Delta Velvet Pudding Dessert
Pecans, toffee, and shaved chocolate top off this decadent dessert named for one of our favorite Southern spots.
Real Banana Pudding
Recipe: Real Banana Pudding
Homemade vanilla pudding layered with vanilla wafer cookies and banana slices and topped with a cloud of meringue. Some like it warm. Others prefer it nice and cold. The hardest part is waiting for it to fully chill before digging in.