Pumpkin Pudding Easy (1)
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  • Food: Pumpkin Pudding
  • Writer: Lizzie Green
  • Content-Type: Food Blog

Although this pumpkin pudding recipe is much simpler than pumpkin pie, it still tastes great! To give it, even more, richness and crunch, I like to serve it with toasted pecans.

My adult adaptation of the pumpkin pie I enjoyed as a child is this pumpkin pudding. Back then, pumpkin pie was without a doubt my favorite Thanksgiving food. or, more precisely, the filling for pumpkin pie.

Being the finicky eaters that we were, my sister and I would scoop out the creamy pumpkin center and discard the crust shells.

The older people would scoff. I would occasionally eat the crisp edge, but what about the soggy bottom crust? Thanks, but no. Even though I’m an adult, I still love the crust of pumpkin pie, but the creamy filling is still my favorite component.

With this recipe for pumpkin pudding, I can satisfy my seasonal craving for a strongly spiced pumpkin custard without having to go through the difficulty of preparing the pie crust. How ideal is that!?

Although this pudding isn’t a typical Thanksgiving dessert, I hope you’ll give it a try. With warm autumnal flavors like maple, vanilla, and cinnamon, it is incredibly rich and creamy. If you’re anything like me, it’ll be difficult to stop yourself from eating it all right out of the blender!

Ingredients for Pudding Recipe

Pumpkin Pudding (1)
Food: Pumpkin Pudding (Source: The Spruce Eats)

There are two variations of this pumpkin pudding dish, and they were both so delicious that I had trouble picking a favorite! You’ll need a high-speed blender to make one of the pudding mixtures since cashews and coconut milk give it its creamy texture.

The second recipe may be made with any blender or food processor and includes almond butter and coconut cream.

These essential components give both varieties of the pumpkin pudding their sweetness, flavor, and, well, pumpkin-ness:

  • Use canned pumpkin puree or create your own.
  • For sweetness, use maple syrup.
  • Without cinnamon, what good is a pumpkin dessert? It would be excellent to add a little of my pumpkin pie spice as well.
  • Vanilla extract: It gives food a warm, rich flavor.
  • And don’t forget the sea salt! It brings out the warmth and spiciness of this dish.

The ingredients for either the cashew or the almond butter option should be blended. Then, transfer the pumpkin mixture to a sizable bowl and chill it for at least 4 hours or overnight. I’m done now!

Serving Suggestions

Although you could easily eat this pumpkin pudding on its own, I prefer to serve it in these adorable tiny parfaits. For added richness and crunch, I sprinkle toasted pecans on the bottom.

After adding the pudding, I top it with a dollop of coconut whipped cream. Change them up by replacing the pecans with homemade granola or by sprinkling cinnamon on top.

Serve the pumpkin pudding in parfait glasses or any other small serving dishes you choose if you don’t have jars like these.

Pumpkin Pudding

Prep: 6 hours
Approximately 6 hours.

Even though this creamy pumpkin pudding recipe is simpler than pie, it still tastes great. To add even more richness and crunch, I prefer to serve it on top of a bed of toasted pecans.


Pumpkin Pudding, Option #1

  • 1 heaping cup of pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup raw cashews, soaked for 4-6 hours, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup full-fat coconut milk
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • heaping ¼ teaspoon of sea salt

Pumpkin Pudding, Option #2

  • 1 heaping cup of pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup thick coconut solids*
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons creamy/runny almond butter
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • heaping ¼ teaspoon of sea salt

For the parfaits:

  • heaping ½ cup pecans, toasted and crushed
  • Coconut whip


Pumpkin Pudding Yum (1)
Food: Pumpkin Pudding (Source: The Spruce Eats)
  1. Blend all the ingredients for the pudding until they are smooth and creamy. Place in a bowl, and then refrigerate for 4-6 hours or overnight (the pudding will be thicker if it sets overnight).
  2. Divide the pecans evenly among the 4 small serving dishes before assembling the parfaits. Each serving should include a scoop of coconut whip and pumpkin pudding.


  • Store 1 (14-ounce) can of coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight. Off the top, scoop thick solids.