Vanilla Bean Pudding

Vanilla Bean Pudding Randy Mayor


  • 2 1/2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 4 teaspoons butter


Place milk in a medium, heavy saucepan. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean; add seeds and bean to milk. Bring to a boil.

Combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a large bowl, stirring well. Combine half-and-half and egg yolks, stirring well. Stir egg yolk mixture into sugar mixture. Gradually add half of hot milk to sugar mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Return hot milk mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove from heat. Add butter, stirring until melted. Remove vanilla bean; discard.

Spoon pudding into a bowl. Place bowl in a large ice-filled bowl for 15 minutes or until pudding cools, stirring occasionally. Cover surface of pudding with plastic wrap; chill.

Peanut Butter Pudding Variation: Omit vanilla bean, salt, and butter; stir in 1/4 cup reduced-fat creamy peanut butter after custard is cooked. Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup).

CALORIES 257 (30% from fat); FAT 8.6g (sat 3.3g, mono 3.6g, poly 1.6g); PROTEIN 6.9g; CARB 39.2g; FIBER 0.7g; CHOL 80mg; IRON 0.5mg; SODIUM 170mg; CALC 142mg

Coconut Pudding Variation: Omit vanilla bean. Omit 3/4 cup milk, and replace it with 3/4 cup light unsweetened coconut milk. Omit butter; stir in 1/2 cup toasted sweetened flaked coconut after pudding is cooked. Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup).

CALORIES 224 (30% from fat); FAT 7.5g (sat 5.3g, mono 1.5g, poly 0.4g); PROTEIN 4.1g; CARB 36.8g; FIBER 0.3g; CHOL 77mg; IRON 0.5mg; SODIUM 115mg; CALC 105mg

    Vanilla beans can be expensive, but their superior flavor is worth the investment. Substitute vanilla paste or one teaspoon real vanilla extract if necessary. Stir extract in with the butter.
  • Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 216
Caloriesfromfat per serving: 30%
Fat per serving: 7.1g
Saturated fat per serving: 4.1g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 2.2g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 0.4g
Protein per serving: 4.6g
Carbohydrate per serving: 34.2g
Fiber per serving: 0.0g
Cholesterol per serving: 86mg
Iron per serving: 0.2mg
Sodium per serving: 125mg
Calcium per serving: 142mg

Good to Know

Cut back on fat even more by using fat-free milk to indulge in this low-fat, low-sodium, creamy treat.

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