The Secret To Making Instant Pudding Mix

by Texas Homesteader

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Last week I showed you the secret to making homemade fat-free ice cream using only frozen bananas, fat-free milk, vanilla and no-cook pudding mix.

I always make Homemade Pudding from scratch these days, but what about times when you need a dry pudding mix for a recipe?

Well I’ve been on this road to voluntary simplicity for a few years now. So for fun I always challenge myself to make those things homemade that I used to just assume had to be purchased commercially at the grocery store.

Last year I went on a search for a product called Clear Jel for a recipe that I was pressure-canning. ClearJel is a modified corn starch and the USDA has said it’s safer than traditional corn starch for use in canning.

I discovered it’s impossible to find in the stores around here. But I was finally able to find *Clear Jel on Amazon. So I ordered both the regular and the instant no-cook formulas.  

The beauty of the Instant ClearJel formula is that it doesn’t require heat to thicken. That’s PERFECT for making this no-cook pudding mix!

As a confirmed Chocoholic I usually make chocolate pudding mix. But I’m guessing you could make vanilla as well by leaving out the cocoa. Here’s how I make the instant no-cook chocolate pudding mix:

I don't like convenience foods but what about recipes calling for a box of instant no-cook pudding mix? There's a trick to making it yourself! #TexasHomesteader

I measure out 3/4 cup dry fat-free milk powder, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup of the instant Clear Jel corn starch along with 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa and mix it all up thoroughly. Then I store it into a lidded container in my pantry. 

1/2 cup of this mix replaces a typical 4 oz box of purchased instant pudding.

And there ya go – homemade instant no-cook pudding mix!  Wow, really, does it get easier than that??  The recipe is below – enjoy!

Chocolate Instant No-Cook Dry Pudding Mix



  • 3/4 cup dry milk powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Instant No-Cook Clear Jel corn starch
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl & stir the until they are completely combined. Store in a cool dry place in a tightly-sealed container.
  2. To use the dry mix in baking, 1/2 cup of the mixture will replace a 4-oz. pkg of instant pudding mix.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: To use this baking pudding mix recipe as an instant pudding dessert, add 1 part pudding mix to 2 parts cold milk and beat vigorously with a whisk for 2 minutes. Since it's a very basic pudding I like to add a couple of drops of vanilla extract & about a teaspoon of cold coffee for extra flavor.

This makes a very thick pudding so add a small amount of milk (or cold coffee) if a thinner consistency is desired. (Pudding thickens more upon chilling.)


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20 thoughts on “The Secret To Making Instant Pudding Mix

  1. Leigh

    This is great! There are so many pudding-based things that I like to make for summer, so this recipe is wonderful! Pinned and happy-danced over!
    Blessings, Leigh

  2. Bonnie V

    I love this idea. I use pudding mix to doctor my boxed cake mix, but I’d like to get away from using boxed mixed altogether. I’ll have to do some experimenting, incorporating these ingredients into cake ingredients and see how it turns out. 🙂

  3. Cynthia

    I enjoy making homemade recipes and never thought about making my own pudding. Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. I look forward to seeing you next week.

  4. Kathi

    I never thought of making my own pudding mix, what a great idea. I love making things that I used to “have to” buy. Thank you for posting at the HomeAcre Hop; hope we’ll see you again this Thursday.

  5. Mary@Back to the Basics!

    Looks like an easy enough recipe. I’ll have to try it next time my husband asks for chocolate pudding.
    Thank for sharing at the Creative HomeAcre Hop. Hope to see you back again!

  6. Jennifer

    I will try this recipe this week! My youngest daughter loves chocolate pudding…but I truly cringe when I look at the package. I don’t think using dutch process (lower acide) cocoa powder will negatively effect the recipe, so will be using my favorite cocoa powder in place of the Hershey’s.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      It’s super easy Jennifer. One word of caution, I use this mix in recipes, not for eating as a dessert. I did a quick experiment to answer another commenter’s question about preparing the pudding mix as a pudding dessert. Although the flavor was good, I thought it was pretty thick so you might want to keep add’l milk handy when mixing it up to thin it to your liking. It will thicken a little more if it’s chilled as well.

  7. Krystle

    I love this and can’t wait to try it!

    Pinned it! Thanks for sharing this with us at One Sharendipity Place this weekend!!”


  8. Leah

    It is amazing how many things you can make at home instead of buy at the store. I would have never thought to try this. Thanks for the recipe and I pinned it for later. Thanks for sharing at the Friday Follow Along.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Susan – I had never tried the mix for just eating so this morning I mixed up a batch of vanilla-flavored pudding mix and experimented. I found that if you mix together 1 part pudding mix with 2 parts cold milk and whip vigorously with a whisk for 2 minutes it makes a thick pudding, just add a small amount of milk if you desire a thinner consistency. Although the vanilla flavor was tasty I did think it needed about 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract added to intensify the flavor. Hummm…. What to do with this pudding now? I guess I’m going to have to make some banana ‘ice cream’ to use it up – I’ll complete today’s flavor with a few drops of peppermint extract & a handful of chocolate chips for mint chocolate chip flavor – my favorite! What a perfect idea on a hot 100-degree day like today… LOL Thanks for your question! ~TxH~

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