by Tammy Taylor
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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 my 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 found out it’s impossible to find in the stores around here but I was finally able to find Clear Jel on Amazon – I ordered both the regular and the instant no-cook formulas. The beauty of the instant formula is that it doesn’t require heat to thicken – 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 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!
Instant Chocolate No-Cook Pudding Mix for Baking
- 3/4 cup dry milk powder,
- 1/2 cup sugar (or use Splenda for sugar free)
- 1/2 cup Instant No-Cook Clear Jel corn starch
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
Combine all ingredients in a bowl & stir the until they are completely combined. Store in a cool dry place in a tightly-sealed container. To use the dry mix in baking, 1/2 cup of the mixture will replace a 4-oz. pkg of instant pudding mix.
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. This makes a very thick pudding so add a small amount of milk if a thinner consistency is desired. (Pudding thickens more upon chilling.)
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