Pumpkin Pudding

This pumpkin pudding recipe is far easier than pie, but it's just as delicious! I love to serve it with toasted pecans for extra richness and crunch.

Pumpkin Pudding

This pumpkin pudding is my grown-up version of the pumpkin pie I adored as a kid. Back then, my favorite thing about Thanksgiving was hands down the pumpkin pie. Or, more accurately, the pumpkin pie filling. My sister and I (being the picky eaters that we were) would scoop out the creamy pumpkin middle and leave the shells of our crusts behind. The adults would shake their heads. Sometimes I’d eat the crispy edge piece, but the soggy bottom crust? No thank you.

Now that I’m an adult, I wouldn’t push my crust aside, but pumpkin pie’s creamy filling is still my favorite part. This pumpkin pudding recipe lets me enjoy the richly spiced pumpkin custard that I crave each fall, but I don’t have to bother with the trouble of making pie crust. How perfect is that?!

This pumpkin pudding recipe isn’t a conventional Thanksgiving dessert, but I hope you’ll try it nonetheless. It’s super rich and creamy, and maple, vanilla, and cinnamon fill it with warm autumn flavor. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have a hard time not devouring it all straight from the blender!

Maple syrup, pumpkin, cashews, cinnamon, and coconut cream

Pumpkin Pudding Recipe Ingredients

This pumpkin pudding recipe comes with two options – they both tasted so good that I couldn’t choose a winner! One pudding mixture gets its creamy texture from cashews and coconut milk, so you’ll need a high-speed blender to make it. The other uses coconut cream and almond butter, and it will work with any blender or food processor. In both versions, these key ingredients make the pumpkin pudding sweet, flavorful, and, well, pumpkin-y:

  • Pumpkin puree – Use canned, or make your own.
  • Maple syrup – For sweetness.
  • Cinnamon – What’s a pumpkin dessert without cinnamon? A dash of my pumpkin pie spice would be great here too.
  • Vanilla extract – It adds warm depth of flavor.
  • And sea salt – Don’t skip it! It makes the warm, spiced flavors in this recipe pop.

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Pumpkin mixture in a blender

Blend up the ingredients for whichever option you choose – the cashew one or the almond butter one. Then, pour the pumpkin mixture into a large bowl and allow it to set in the fridge overnight, or for at least 4 hours. That’s it!

Pumpkin Pudding Parfaits

Pumpkin Pudding Serving Suggestions

You could easily enjoy this pumpkin pudding on its own, straight from the fridge, but I usually serve it in these cute little parfaits. I layer toasted pecans on the bottom for extra richness and crunch, dollop in the pudding, and top it off with a scoop of coconut whipped cream. Change them up by swapping homemade granola for the pecans or dusting a layer of cinnamon on top.

If you don’t have jars like these, serve the pumpkin pudding in parfait glasses or any small serving dishes you like.

Pumpkin Pudding Recipe

More Favorite Fall Desserts

If you love this homemade pumpkin pudding recipe, try one of these fall treats next:

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Pumpkin Pudding

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This creamy pumpkin pudding recipe is easier than pie, but it's every bit as delicious. I like to serve it over a layer of toasted pecans for extra richness and crunch.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
Pumpkin Pudding, Option #1
    (this version works best with a high powered blender)
    • 1 heaping cup pumpkin puree
    • ½ cup raw cashews, soaked 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 sea salt
    Pumpkin Pudding, Option #2
      (this recipe will work with any blender or food processor)
      • 1 heaping cup 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 sea salt
      For the parfaits:
      1. Blend all pudding ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a bowl and chill for 4-6 hours or overnight (the pudding will be thicker if it sets overnight).
      2. To assemble the parfaits, divide the pecans evenly between 4 small serving dishes. Add the pumpkin pudding and dollop of coconut whip to each serving.
      *Refrigerate 1 (14-ounce) can of coconut milk overnight. Scoop thick solids off top.




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      1. Chelsea

        I am addicted to this recipe!! Made it 3 times and it came out perfect each time. Then the 4th time I made it the exact same as I have been and this time it was grainy 🙁 the cashews didn’t purée like they usually do. Anybody know why this happened?

        • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

          Hi Chelsea, I’m so glad you love the pudding! This last time, did you soak the cashews? Have you soaked them in the past? What blender are you using?

        • Chelsea

          Yes I always soak the cashews overnight… that’s why it was so strange

          • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

            Oh darn! That was my best guess for what could have gone wrong. Otherwise, I’d just suggest blending longer to get a smoother consistency.

        • Chelsea

          Ok it just hit me what I did differently! I used my food processor this time , all the other times I did it in my Blendtec blender. Mystery solved! Thanks for trying to troubleshoot that with me though! 😀

          • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

            Oooh yes that would definitely make a difference! So glad you figured it out.

      2. Anjoli Aisenbrey

        So delicious!! I used option 1

      3. Helen

        In mine the pumpkin and coconut went a bit grainy? Used recipe 2, but my pumpkin was also refrigerated so maybe that was it. Still delicious!

        • Jeanine Donofrio

          Hi Helen, I might also just blend it a little longer, depending on the type of blender you have.

      4. kamera sistemleri

        Haha great idea. It is fantastic.

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