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When the weather starts getting warmer, bright, fresh and lemony desserts are always a must! If you’re looking for a no-bake, no-oven, no-hassle recipe, this lemon pudding is definitely worth a try. It’s vegan so it feels light and fresh without the usual eggs and cream. Instead I make it with lemon juice, coconut cream, coconut milk and either cornstarch or arrowroot starch.
This is one of those desserts that you can whip up the day before you have guests and it stays good in the fridge for up to a week. And the wonderful thing about it is that its bursting with lemony flavor, a comforting texture and a sweet taste.
How do you make lemon pudding
Start by dissolving the arrowroot starch or cornstarch with the lemon juice. You can do this off heat and use a whisk until there are no more clumps. Then add the coconut milk, coconut cream, lemon zest and maple syrup. You’ll want to whisk again until it’s well combine. And then place it on the stovetop.
At this point, you’re just going to whisk the mixture together for 5-10 minutes until you bring the mixture to a low bubble, but not a boil. That’s when you’ll add a tiny pinch of turmeric, which is optional, to give it the bright yellow color.
Now, the lemon pudding is pretty much done. And you’ll notice it sorta looks like lemon curd so it can really be called either one. To help get a better consistency, pour the mixture into two bowls or jars and set them in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours.
Tips for making lemon pudding
- Use the right thickening agent. Since the pudding is mostly milk, coconut cream and lemon juice, we want to add just a couple tablespoons of something to thicken it. I found that cornstarch or arrowroot starch work best. Whatever you use, just make sure its white and has a thickening purpose versus a baking purpose.
- Add turmeric for a more lemony look. Without the turmeric, the lemon curd will have a slightly paler look. But adding just a tiny pinch can really transform that color. Just be careful not to add too much because the yellow coloring actually develops more and more as it cooks and sets.
- Cover with plastic wrap if you’re storing it in a shallow bowl. Make sure that the plastic wrap touches the pudding to avoid a film forming on the top.
This lemon pudding is such an easy way to get your lemon fix this summer! It’s a creamy, slightly tart and naturally sweetened dessert that you can whip up in 15 minutes. You can eat it on its own, or make a parfait or even use it as a lemon curd and add it to pancakes and waffles. It’s one of those desserts that looks good and feels good for your body.
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For more pudding recipes:
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot starch
- 5.6 ounces coconut cream
- ½ cup coconut milk
- Zest of one lemon
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup plus more to taste
- Pinch of turmeric optional for coloring
- Coconut whipped cream for topping
- Add the lemon juice and cornstarch to a small saucepan and whisk to combine and remove any clumps.
- Add the canned coconut cream, coconut milk, lemon zest and maple syrup and whisk again until well combined.
- Turn the heat on medium, add turmeric and bring mixture to a low bubble (not a boil), continuing to whisk, about 5-10 minutes.
- Remove from heat, let rest for 15 minutes, then whisk once more and transfer to a glass bowl or jar and cover. Refrigerate for a few hours to chill and set.
- Serve with whipped coconut cream and fresh mint, if desired.
- Instead of coconut milk, you can use any other plant-based milk or regular milk.
- I tested this recipe with cornstarch and arrowroot starch. Feel free to try it with other thickening flours and let me know how the result is!
- You can replace maple syrup with any other natural sweetener of your choice.