An easy recipe for keto vanilla pudding that uses a handful of ingredients and is quick to make.
You're going to love this keto pudding recipe.
If you love keto desserts you're going to want to make our Keto Mug Cake next.
Why you'll love this low carb vanilla pudding recipe
- Made with keto friendly ingredients
- Full of vanilla flavor
- Silky texture
- Five minutes of prep
- Low carb, sugar free, and paleo approved
- Perfect treat for any time of day
Many people think of pudding as pre-made in a cup or a mix from a box, but it is easy to make it from scratch.
Keto Vanilla Pudding
This recipe is for vanilla low carb keto pudding. It's a silky smooth and creamy keto pudding that is bursting with vanilla flavor.
Made with keto approved ingredients and 5 minutes of prep time, this keto vanilla pudding is a perfect snack or dessert.
This keto sugar free pudding recipe has the perfect level of sweetness and it's incredibly delicious on its own or served with Keto Whipped Cream.
You can double or triple the batch, as this low carb pudding is a crowd pleaser. If you want to prep dessert in advance, this keto vanilla pudding will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
You can use vanilla bean paste (our favorite) or vanilla extract to make this sugar free vanilla pudding.
Ingredients in Keto Pudding
Heavy whipping cream - This is an essential ingredient, so don't switch this out for half and half. See later in the post for dairy free options.
Egg yolks - gives the pudding it's creamy custard-like texture and adds a bit of protein to this low carb vanilla pudding recipe.
Vanilla bean paste or extract - adds flavor and depth.
Salt - helps to enhance the other flavors.
Xanthan gum - acts as a thickening agent for perfect consistency.
Have a question about the ingredients in this keto vanilla pudding? Please leave it in the comments below.
If you love making keto friendly desserts, check out our keto desserts roundup.
How to make keto pudding
- Add heavy whipping cream, sweetener, vanilla, xanthan gum, and salt to a saucepan. Whisk the mixture to ensure there are no lumps. Heat just until it begins to come to a boil.
- Remove the pan from the heat and let it sit for 1-2 minutes. Add the egg yolks and whisk them to combine.
- Return the pan to the stove and set the heat to low/medium. Using a silicone spatula continually stir the mixture until it begins to thicken. The mixture is thick enough when it coats the spatula without dripping off.
- Remove the pan from the heat, allowing it to cool for up to 3-5 minutes at room temperature. Spoon into dessert cups or jars. Gently press plastic wrap flush to the surface of the pudding, to prevent a skin from forming. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour or until set.
These numbered steps match the numbered photos above and are for illustration purposes only. Please see the printable recipe card below.
Do I need to use xanthan gum to thicken keto pudding?
Xanthan gum helps thicken this keto pudding but if you don't want to use it you can leave it out and increase the 2 egg yolks to 3 egg yolks.
Can I use dairy-free milk to make keto pudding?
We haven't personally tried using a dairy-free milk in this keto vanilla pudding recipe. Keep in mind dairy free milks have a thinner consistency.
If you decide to try it, start with a full fat coconut milk. Many plant based heavy whipping cream alternatives contain zero carbs and are also an option to try for a dairy free pudding.
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How to store keto pudding
Transfer the pudding into an airtight container and gently press a sheet of plastic wrap flush to the pudding surface before adding the airtight lid. This will prevent a skin from forming on the top layer of the pudding. Refrigerate for up to 3 days.
What to serve with vanilla keto pudding
Walnuts, with four grams of protein per ounce and only two grams of net carbs, add healthy fats and protein to this sugar free pudding.
Sprinkling cinnamon or a pinch of nutmeg on top of this keto pudding can add a warm, spiced flavor. A fresh mint leaf garnish adds color and texture.
This keto vanilla pudding is creamy, sweet, and perfect for anyone who loves pudding. It's keto, sugar free, low carb, paleo, and naturally gluten free - making it perfect for most people.
Other Keto Dessert Recipes
Low Carb Blueberry Dump Cake - There's something so comforting about a warm, fruit-filled dump cake. This Low Carb Blueberry Dump cake requires minimal effort and is packed with nutritious ingredients, making it both paleo and keto-friendly too.
Keto Chocolate Mug Cake - With just over 5 minutes and a few ingredients, you can have a fudgy, chocolatey low carb mug cake made from start to finish. It's perfect for when those occasional emergency chocolate cravings hit, plus it's gluten-free and sugar-free too.
Keto Pumpkin Bars - The ultimate, low-carb pumpkin dessert. They're secretly healthy and only require nine ingredients. Enjoy these keto pumpkin bars plain, or topped with your favorite keto cream cheese frosting.
Keto Fudge - A super easy refrigerator keto fudge that only uses a few on-hand ingredients. This creamy, rich keto fudge recipe can be frozen and the recipe can be doubled or tripled. The perfect keto chocolate fudge!
Keto Cinnamon Sugar Donuts - Simple to make and bakes up quickly. You're going to love these low carb almond flour donuts. They are healthy and use minimal ingredients.
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- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- ¼ cup powdered sugar free sweetener (we used Swerve or Lakanto)
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon xanthan gum
- Heat heavy whipping cream, sweetener, vanilla, salt and xanthan just until it starts to boil.
- Remove the pan from the heat and let it site for a minute. Add the egg yolks and whisk them in to combine.
- Return the pan to the stove and set the heat to low/medium.
- Using a silicone spatula continually stir the mixture until it begins to thicken. The mixture is thick enough when it coats the spatula without dripping off.
- Remove the pan from the heat. Pour pudding into serving cups or jars
- Switch up the flavors with different extracts like pumpkin spice extract or coconut extract for a fun twist.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: ½ cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 261Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 159mgSodium: 153mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 3g
The nutrition information for this recipe is an approximate total per serving. Please double check the nutrition information for your exact ingredients and brands.