March 6, 2021

Old Fashioned Vegan Butterscotch Pudding

Creamy sweet butterscotch pudding just like grandma used to make…but vegan! This easy pudding is loaded with flavor and super easy to make.

Jar of Vegan Butterscotch Pudding with Whipped Topping and Nutmeg, Second Jar, Strawberries and Napkin in the Background

This pudding blew my mind! I didn’t even think I liked butterscotch pudding. I mean, I didn’t dislike it, but it wasn’t on top of my list. Not when there’s chocolate pudding.

But this butterscotch pudding was absolutely amazing. Maybe I just grew up eating the boxed stuff, which isn’t all that good. In any event, my vegan butterscotch pudding blew all other butterscotch puddings out of the water.

What You’ll Need

Jar of Vegan Butterscotch Pudding with Spoonful Being Scooped Out
  • Non-dairy milk. I use almond milk, but pretty much any type will work. Make sure it’s unflavored and unsweetened.
  • Cornstarch. This is our thickener.
  • Organic brown sugar. Brown sugar is a big part of what gives butterscotch pudding it’s distinctive taste. Using organic sugar keeps the recipe vegan.
  • Salt.
  • Water.
  • Full-fat coconut milk. Use the kind from a can.
  • Vegan butter. Look for brands like Miyoko’s or Earth Balance.
  • Whiskey. This is optional, but it’s another big part of what makes butterscotch taste like butterscotch.
  • Vanilla extract.
  • Turmeric. Totally optional, but use a pinch if you’d like to enhance the yellow color of your pudding.

How to Make Vegan Butterscotch Pudding

The following is a detailed photo tutorial on how to make vegan butterscotch pudding. Scroll down if you’d like to skip right to the full recipe.

  • First, make sure your non-dairy milk is chilled. If it’s not, stir in a few ice cubes to cool it down, then remove them.
  • Now stir in the cornstarch until it’s completely dissolved.
Hand Whisking Non Dairy Milk and Cornstarch Together in a Measuring Cup
  • Whisk the brown sugar, salt and water together in a medium pot, then place the pot over medium heat.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it cook for about 5 minutes. Watch it carefully and adjust the temperature if needed, but don’t stir!
  • After 5 minutes, whisk in the coconut milk, followed by the milk and cornstarch mixture.
  • Bring the mixture back up to a simmer and let it cook while whisking just for a minute or two, until it thickens up.
Collage Showing First Four Steps for Making Vegan Butterscotch Pudding: Mix Brown Sugar and Water in Pot, Simmer, Add Non-Dairy Milk and Cornstarch, and Simmer Again
  • Take the pot off of heat and whisk in the butter, whiskey, and vanilla. You can also add a pinch of turmeric if you’re using it.
  • Let the the pudding cool down a bit.
Two Images Showing Last Steps for Making Vegan Butterscotch Pudding: Add Butter and Whiskey, and Let the Pudding Cool
  • Transfer it to serving dishes. Make sure to cover the dishes tightly to prevent skins from forming.
Two Jars of Vegan Butterscotch Pudding with Spoon and Strawberries on the Side
  • I like to serve my pudding with a dollop of vegan whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg.
Jar of Vegan Butterscotch Pudding with a Spoon in the Foreground

Vegan Butterscotch Pudding Tips & FAQ

  • Is this recipe gluten-free? It is!
  • Storage & shelf life: Vegan butterscotch pudding will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for about 5 days.
  • How can I make an alcohol-free version? Feel free to leave out the whiskey if needed — it adds flavor, but the pudding will still be delicious without it.
  • Does this pudding taste like coconut? Not to me, but you can substitute another non-dairy milk if you absolutely hate the taste of coconut. Go for something very rich and creamy!

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Jar of Vegan Butterscotch Pudding with Whipped Topping and Nutmeg, Second Jar, Strawberries and Napkin in the Background

Vegan Butterscotch Pudding

Creamy sweet butterscotch pudding just like grandma used to make…but vegan! This easy pudding is loaded with flavor and super easy to make.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes

Servings 6
Calories 245 kcal
Author Alissa Saenz

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups unflavored and unsweetened non-dairy milk, chilled
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup organic brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 2 tablespoons whiskey (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch turmeric (optional)

Instructions

  1. Whisk the non-dairy milk and cornstarch together in a small bowl or liquid measuring cup. Set the mixture aside.

  2. Whisk the brown sugar, salt, and water together in a medium saucepan.

  3. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a simmer. Lower the heat if needed and let it simmer, uncovered and without stirring, for 5 minutes.

  4. Whisk in the coconut milk, followed by the cornstarch mixture. Bring everything back up to a simmer and let it cook, whisking frequently, for a minute or two, until it thickens up.

  5. Remove the pot from heat and whisk in the butter, whiskey, vanilla, and turmeric, if using.

  6. Let the pudding cool for a bit. Taste-test it and add more salt if you like.

  7. Transfer the pudding to serving containers and cover them tightly. Chill until the pudding is fully set, about 3 hours.

Nutrition Facts

Vegan Butterscotch Pudding

Amount Per Serving (0.5 cups)

Calories 245 Calories from Fat 141

% Daily Value*

Fat 15.7g24%

Saturated Fat 10.2g51%

Sodium 208mg9%

Potassium 137mg4%

Carbohydrates 23.1g8%

Fiber 1.1g4%

Sugar 17.1g19%

Protein 1.2g2%

Calcium 133mg13%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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About Alissa Saenz

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