Sunday, November 8, 2015

D.I.Y. Instant (NO COOK) Chocolate Pudding & Pie Filling Mix (JELL-O Copy Cat) - Trial #1.

Here is a true instant chocolate pudding mix recipe you can use to replace commercial instant pudding mix.

No Cook Chocolate pudding.

I have wanted to duplicate instant pudding mix for a while. I do not like buying boxed pudding mix. I do not care for the ingredients used in commercial mixes. I also know that it is more economical to make it yourself. I already have a collection of commercial dry pudding mix formulas for professional food manufacturers, I just do not care for their ingredient lists. Plus, it isn't feasible to use all of the specialty ingredients required in these professional formulas.

I wanted an easier way... A healthier way too. I still want it to taste good though.

There are several "Instant pudding Mix" recipes online already. However, when you look closely at the recipes, they are not instant puddings at all. They are the type of puddings that need to be cooked using conventional corn starch. I'm not sure how that is "Instant"...

Other online recipes also call for instant powdered milk along with the raw corn starch. I'm sorry, but generally I think powdered milk tastes not so great. And why do you need powdered milk when you are already adding the pudding mix to milk (and in some cases half milk and half cream)? Commercial instant pudding mixes do not have powdered milk in them, for example:

Ingredients of JELL-O brand Lemon Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling (3.4 oz/96g):
Modified Corn Starch
Contains less than 2% of:
Natural Flavor
Disodium Phosphate and Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate (for thickening)
Mono-and-Diglycerides (prevent foaming)
Yellow # 5
yellow # 6
BHA (preservative)

I wanted to create a real instant pudding mix formula, one that could be used in place of the boxed commercial instant pudding mixes. I wanted to be able to use healthier ingredients, and know exactly what goes into my food.

For birthdays, sometimes I like making cakes that call for a box of instant pudding mix. Conventional mixes for cooked pudding will not work because the starch in them is raw, and will not result in the same effect.

This recipe was my first attempt at making instant pudding. I am pleased with the results and will continue to 'tweak' this recipe.

Leila's Version of Instant Chocolate Pudding & Pie Filling Mix:

3/4 c. (150 g) Sugar
6 T. (30 g) Ultra Gel Instant Non-GMO Modified Corn Starch (Cornaby's brand)
1 t. (2 g) Lecithin granules (like Now brand)
1/4 t. (2 g) Sea salt or BioSalt, to taste
1/3 c. (30 g) dutch-processed cocoa powder


Grind the sugar, Ultra Gel, lecithin powder and salt together 30 seconds until fine textured in a Vitamix blender. Let the dust settle before opening up the lid.

Add the cocoa powder and grind 20 more seconds, or until the color is uniform throughout.

Store the pudding mix in an air-tight container.

To Prepare Pudding:

Pour 2 cups cold milk into a mixing bowl.
Add 2 T. heavy cream and 1 t. real vanilla extract.
Add 1 recipe of Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix.
Using a hand mixer or whisk, blend for 2 minutes.
Let the pudding set up for 5 minutes in the refrigerator.
Serve cold with sweetened whipped cream, if desired.

Tip: You can use vanilla sugar in place of the sugar and then omit the vanilla extract.

Note: See my recipe for Vanilla Creme Brulee Instant Pudding using coconut palm sugar!

Photos of the process:





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  2. Hi! Thanks for the true instant pudding recipe. I was wondering what the Lecithin adds to the recipe? Can it successfully be made without the lecithin? Thanks!