I loved pudding before going vegan and after. I especially loved instant pudding because you could quickly use it to create a variety of quick semi homemade desserts. The JELL-O brand always saved the day with their instant pudding packs. But after going vegan I realized that, while most of their pudding mixes were technically vegan, you couldn’t use plant based milks to make them. Well, at least when it came to their instant pudding packs. It clearly states on the back of the box that it won’t thicken with soy milk. I read somewhere that it’s due to a thickening agent that works with the casein protein found in cow’s milk. Needless to say, I was bummed. However, I recently discovered that this disclaimer isn’t entirely true.
You can, in fact, make your instant JELL-O pudding with a vegan milk. The key here is to just add less than what it says on the box, which usually calls for 2 cups of milk.
Now, why couldn’t they just provide this info in their instructions?? Seriously!
Your vegan version will definitely yield a bit less pudding but the good thing is that these boxes are relatively cheap and you can just buy several boxes to make larger batches using the same method described below. Another thing to note is that you definitely want to use an unsweetened plant based milk. Because you’re adding less milk overall to your pudding mix, it tends to be a bit on the sweeter side. However, it’s still not overly sweet if you use unsweetened milks. Finally, you also want to make sure your milk is chilled as this also helps the thickening process along.
All in all, using vegan milks doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying old favorites like instant pudding mixes. So have at it and make all of the pudding you want!
If you need a visual for this JELL-O Instant Vegan Pudding Hack recipe, check out the full video tutorial here: RiB Youtube Channel
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