Rich and Creamy Homemade Pudding Recipes You'll Want to Make on Repeat

Dark Chocolate Pudding
Photo: Andy Lyons

Grab a spoon and get ready to dive into these silky and oh-so-easy pudding recipes. With banana pudding recipes, rice pudding recipes, and a chocolate-avocado pudding recipe (trust us!), these homemade pudding recipes will convince you to skip store-bought from here on out.

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Best-Ever Vanilla Pudding

Best-Ever Vanilla Pudding
Andy Lyons

One BH&G reader admits, "Made it yesterday and it's all gone. Great recipe!" We wholeheartedly agree, which is why we're featuring this classic homemade vanilla pudding recipe first. Egg yolks and your choice of dairy (whole milk, half-and-half, or light cream) help each spoonful taste just rich enough. Don't be scared off by the salt suggestion—it's just enough to really amplify the vanilla and sugar in the custard.

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Banana Pudding with Shaved Dark Chocolate

Banana Pudding with Shaved Dark Chocolate
Karla Conrad

Take a break from banana bread and put the ripe tropical fruit to delicious use in this easy banana pudding recipe. Simply blend a couple bananas with silken tofu (trust us!), vanilla, cinnamon, and dark chocolate, then sweeten with agave or maple syrup. The lusciously thick, surprisingly high-protein treat tastes just as decadent as dairy-loaded puddings, but this can easily be 100% vegan if you use vegan chocolate for the shavings.

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Dark Chocolate Pudding

Dark Chocolate Pudding
Andy Lyons

"Seriously good; way beyond belief," "simply wonderful," and "super-easy and yummy"are just the beginning of the fan feedback we've received about this, our best chocolate pudding recipe. A double dose of chocolate—from unsweetened cocoa powder and chopped dark chocolate—ensures every bite delivers major dessert vibes. If you're sharing with those over 21, to brighten spirits even more, replace ½ cup of the half-and-half with raspberry liqueur.

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Salted Caramel Pots de Crème

Salted Caramel Pots de Creme
Jason Donnelly

Buttery, decadent, and off-the-charts delicious as a caramel pudding recipe alone, we just about danced with delight when we tasted this easy pudding recipe with the flaky sea salt sprinkled on top. That salty kick complements the sweet custard impeccably, and the entire dessert can be made with items you probably have right now in your fridge and pantry. We turn to this time and time again for a low-fuss dinner party dessert—that sure doesn't taste as simple as it is.

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Chia Pudding

Chia Pudding Bowl
Jacob Fox

Craving a homemade pudding recipe for breakfast? This fiber-packed option gets our on-staff dietitian's stamp of approval as an a.m. meal, snack, or dessert. It's everything you love about fruit and yogurt parfaits, mixed with the satisfaction of a hearty bowl of oats. Protein-rich Greek yogurt and fiber-strong chia seeds are the starring ingredients, and you can let your creative juices flow by designing your dream bowl with toppings like fresh kiwi, mango, banana slices, fresh berries, toasted nuts, toasted coconut flakes, or even shaved chocolate.

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Lavender-Lemon Pudding Cakes

Lavender Lemon Pudding Cakes
Andy Lyons

This lemon pudding recipe makes for one lovely anniversary or Valentine's Day dessert if you bake it in a festively shaped vessel. Try it in rounds or other seasonal shapes, and the lavender-citrus cakes will stun any day. The flavor is reminiscent of lemon bars, just with a grown-up, garden-tinged twist.

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White Chocolate and Cranberry Pot de Crème

White Chocolate and Cranberry Pot de Creme

Never have we ever set our eyes on a more festive homemade pudding recipe! Even without a dusting of the optional edible gold glitter, this lovely layered treat will turn heads on any dessert table. The white chocolate layer is lusciously rich thanks to its whipping cream and egg yolk custard base. The sweet-tart cranberry topping cuts through that beautifully with plenty of fruit freshness and citrusy zing.

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Chocolate-Coconut Pudding

Chocolate-Coconut Pudding
Kritsada Panichgul

If you're cuckoo for coconuts, then this tropical coconut pudding recipe might just be your dessert menu MVP. Light coconut milk and coconut extract team up to add a sweet and nutty quality, which beautifully complements the cocoa powder and chopped semisweet chocolate in the mix. Sprinkle some toasted coconut flakes on top to hint at the flavor surprise hiding inside.

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Chai-Infused Chocolate Pots de Crème

Chai-Infused Chocolate Pots de Creme
Jason Donnelly

This pots de crème masterpiece is Paleo diet-friendly (a hat tip to coconut milk, honey, and unsweetened chocolate), inspired by a popular coffee shop drink, and clocks in at less than 200 calories per serving. So that makes it totally appropriate to eat for breakfast, right?! No matter when you dive into this dairy-free treat, you'll dig its layers of warm spices, including cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.

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Pumpkin-Bourbon Pudding

Pumpkin-Bourbon Pudding
Andy Lyons

Bourbon isn't just for old-fashioned cocktails anymore. This boozy baked pumpkin pudding recipe features canned pumpkin, raisins, and the popular brown spirit, making it special enough to share with company. Serve it in individual dishes or in one family-size casserole; either way, this pie-inspired pudding is sure to impress.

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Creamy Chocolate Pudding

Creamy Chocolate Pudding
Karla Conrad

We know you're more familiar with showing off the buttery fruit in guacamole and atop toast. But have you ever tried whipping up an avocado pudding recipe from scratch? One taste of this super-silky five-ingredient dessert will leave you wishing you had tried this concept sooner. The avocado lends enough fat and texture to help the dairy-free dessert deliver a delectable mouthfeel.

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Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cakes

Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cakes
Andy Lyons

Introducing: Molten lava cake 2.0. Slice through the baked cake topping to reveal a warm, melted chocolate chip and Nutella-infused filling. Good thing the entire homemade pudding recipe takes a mere 40 minutes … after talking about all that decadence, we want to dive into a dish (à la mode, please) ASAP!

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Caramel-Apple Pudding Cake

Caramel-Apple Pudding Cake
Scott Little

Why decide between cake or pudding when you can enjoy both at once? Served warm with a dollop of cinnamon ice cream, this double-delicious apple cake-caramel pudding recipe will please everyone you share it with. (Lucky them to score a slice!) Cinnamon, nutmeg, pecans, and brown sugar scent each serving with fall flavor.

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Cinnamon-Chocolate Pots de Crème

Cinnamon-Chocolate Pots de Creme
Peter Krumhardt

Nicely spiced with cinnamon, this milk chocolate pudding is good with a spoon. But you know what makes this easy-to-make-ahead chocolate pudding recipe even better? Skipping the spoon all together and scooping it up with warm churros for two desserts at once. Our mouths are already watering.

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Georgie Porgie Pudding

Georgie Porgie Pudding
Scott Little

If you always dig out the peanut butter cups first from the Halloween candy supply, then this is the pudding recipe for you. To make it, stir chocolate and peanut butter into one astoundingly easy pudding recipe. Then chill, garnish with whipped cream and chopped peanuts, and devour! Bonus: Since this easy pudding recipe starts with a boxed mix, it's ideal for those who are new to DIY pudding recipes.

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Festive Rice Pudding

Festive Rice Pudding
Sang An

We don't know about you, but no winter holiday menu feels quite complete without a classic rice pudding recipe. In this variation, we call for Arborio rice, a short-grain rice that's commonly used in risotto. Once that's slow-cooked with milk, half-and-half, cloves, and a vanilla bean, it becomes super tender, ridiculously creamy, and infused with cozy baking spice goodness.

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