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Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix

This recipe for Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix saves tons of money for when a recipe calls for Instant Pudding mix!


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Kerry gave me a starter for Amish Friendship Bread a while back. After making it a couple times, I had a crisis one day.

I had mixed together all of my ingredients up to the point where it called for vanilla instant pudding. I opened the cupboard and… there was no vanilla instant pudding. Ugh.
Little Man was napping, so running to the store was out of the question and I knew the bread would probably turn out terribly if I waited until he woke up, ran to the store, and then tried to bake it.
So I did what any modern girl would do 😉  I went to the internet.

I found an awesome recipe for vanilla instant pudding, and I’ve actually been more impressed with how my bread has turned out since I’ve been using this mix in place of packaged instant pudding. Not to mention it doesn’t have all the preservatives, PLUS it’s much cheaper.


It is possible to use this pudding mix to make actual pudding, but it does require cooking. Because it has cornstarch in it, it won’t thicken up without heat to activate the cornstarch.

Yield: 10

Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix

Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 cups cornstarch
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups dry milk
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg


  1. Mix dry ingredients together, then stir in the vanilla extract. (This turned out a bit clumpy, so I think if I made it again I would put it in the food processor to combine. But even though it's lumpy, it works fine in the bread recipe.)
  2. Store in an air tight container. (Needs to be big enough to fit a bit more than 10 cups of the mix.)
  3. Use 1/2 cup of mix in place of a large box (5 oz) of instant pudding in recipes, or 1/4 cup of mix in place of a small box (3-4 oz).


Makes 10 large boxes of vanilla instant pudding.


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Thursday 24th of August 2023

found an instant pudding mix that uses instant clearjel


Tuesday 13th of June 2023

How do you use the mix if you want to make pudding?

Jamie H

Wednesday 5th of July 2023

This mix is really more for using in place of instant pudding in a recipe, rather than making pudding. If you do want to make pudding with it, you'd need to cook it until it thickens.


Monday 24th of September 2018

Please change the name of your recipe so that those of us that are searching for true “instant” pudding don’t keep finding these cooked pudding versions. I tried it and it was delicious but not what I needed. Instant pudding you don’t cook. Thanks!

Jamie H

Monday 24th of September 2018

Deana, I'm sorry you're unhappy with the name of this post, but I tried to make it really clear throughout the post that this is intended for use in baking recipes where instant pudding is called for. And in the case of baking, it acts exactly as the instant pudding would, making it the appropriate substitute. So I feel that the name is appropriate, especially given that the very first sentence says, "This recipe for Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix saves tons of money for when a recipe calls for Instant Pudding mix!" Thanks for your feedback!


Thursday 16th of August 2018

Should I store in the fridge?

Jamie H

Thursday 16th of August 2018

No need to store it in the fridge. Just put it in an airtight container, and it will be great!


Monday 18th of June 2018

I have powdered french vanilla could that be used instead of liquid vanilla and could coco powdered be put in to make chocolate pudding i knoe it has to be cooked .

Jamie H

Thursday 16th of August 2018

I believe both of those would work, though I haven't tried them. If you do, we'd love to hear how it turns out!

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