The Secret To Making Instant Pudding Mix

by Texas Homesteader

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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.

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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 had everything I needed to make it except the no-cook pudding mix. But I didn’t want to buy a box of no-cook pudding mix, oh no! I wanted to make it myself. It’s so easy, but there’s a secret ingredient, y’all…

ClearJel Corn Starch

Last year I went on a search for a product called Clear Jel for a Homemade Apple Pie Filling recipe that I was pressure-canning.

ClearJel is just a modified corn starch. But the USDA has documented that 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

Instant No-Cook Pudding Mix

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.

Then using a whisk I mix it all up thoroughly. I store the homemade chocolate pudding mix in a lidded container in my pantry. 

Using Instant Mix For Pudding Dessert

When I want to use my instant pudding mix to make a chocolate pudding dessert, here’s what I do…

I mix the pudding like this:

  • 1 Part Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
  • 1 Part Milk
    (stir until completely blended, then add)
  • 1 Part Cold Coffee
  • Tiny splash of vanilla extract

I start with the instant pudding mix and the milk and start stirring. The thicker consistency helps to break up any tiny clumps of my dry mix.

Then I add the 1 part of cold coffee and a tiny splash of vanilla extract, stirring until the pudding thickens – usually 2 minutes or less.

Homemade instant pudding mix makes pudding in only about 2 minutes by adding milk. #TexasHomesteader

The milk is already chilled so the pudding is ready to serve in just 2 minutes!

Why Use Coffee?

Now I’ve had some readers ask: “Why the coffee“? Well, when I’m making anything chocolate I always add at least a little coffee to the wet ingredients of the recipe. That’s because coffee intensifies the chocolate flavor mucho.

I have a small container in my freezer that holds leftover coffee that I’ve frozen. If I hadn’t planned ahead but am making something chocolate and need coffee, I can thaw it out and use it.

But What If I Don’t Drink Coffee?

Well RancherMan & I are avid coffee drinkers. So we aaaaaalways have coffee available.

But if you’re not a coffee drinker, can you still make this instant pudding mix? Of course!

Just substitute the 1 part coffee with another part of milk instead. Done & DONE!

Homemade Mix Replaces No-Cook Pudding Mix

I love having my own homemade no-cook pudding mix. And it only uses simple ingredients I recognize.

And a small 1/2 cup of this homemade mix replaces a typical 4 oz box of purchased instant pudding. No need to buy it!

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

There's no need to buy those little boxes of chocolate no-cook pudding mix. You can easily make your own convenient mix in minutes. Perfect for a nice cool dessert on a hot summer day. Just mix 1 part homemade pudding mix with 2 parts milk. #TexasHomesteader

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, instant pudding, no-cook, pudding mix
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 16 servings


  • 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 1 part cold milk & 1 part cold coffee (can substitute coffee with another part of milk if desired) Beat vigorously with a whisk until all lumps are removed and pudding is thickened, about 2 minutes.

Since it's a very basic pudding mix I like to add a couple of drops of vanilla extract for a pop of 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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17 thoughts on “The Secret To Making Instant Pudding Mix

  1. Melissa @ My Darla Clementine

    Wow, so simple, and makes life more simple to have it on hand! Thanks for sharing this with us on Simply Natural Saturdays!

  2. Beth

    This is a good way to save money for those that use instant pudding. Thanks for sharing on Simply Natural Saturdays.

  3. Keri

    Thanks for sharing how to make homemade pudding mix!! This recipe sounds great!!

  4. 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

  5. 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. 🙂

  6. Chelc | Inside the Fox Den

    Yum! I’ll have to pass this along to my mom, she LOVES chocolate pudding. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, hope to see you again next week!

  7. Melissa French, The More With Less Mom

    This is neat, I’ve cooked “real” pudding but I haven’t tried diy-ing the mix. Sometimes it’s just too hot to turn on that stove. Thanks for posting. Hello from Homemade Mondays.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!


  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. susan

    You say this is for baking, but could it also just be for eating?

    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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