Google “comfort food” and you’ll see the proof: Pudding is what we choose to comfort our hardships and celebrate our happiness. There’s just something about its creamy, sweet goodness that feeds the soul. Luckily, on Nutrisystem, you never have to do without. Yes, pudding is on the menu, and we’ve got quite a few pudding recipes you’re going to want to whip up!
Whether you’re hosting a party or just looking for a sweet treat, an array of delicious pudding recipes can certainly become some of your go-to snacks for any occasion. With its versatile nature, pudding is a classic treat that can be whipped up in minutes.
Here are 12 pudding recipes that are likely to become your favorites:
1. Strawberry Cheesecake Pudding >
To kick off our pudding recipes, we have a fruity, sweet and vibrant pudding. Cheesecake, pudding and strawberries—it doesn’t get much better than this. It’s an easy-to-make, 98-calories-per-serving, combo of fat-free cottage cheese and a smidge of low-fat cream cheese blended with fresh or frozen strawberries and vanilla extract. Done in a flash for instant comfort. The recipe, which makes two servings, counts as one PowerFuel and one Extra.
2. Mint Chocolate Chip Pudding >
You’re going to be shocked at what makes this pudding thick and healthier than any other pudding recipes you’ve ever eaten… Chickpeas! No, don’t turn up your nose! Chickpeas are often used in desserts because they have a neutral flavor that’s easily masked by other flavors and add body and a healthy dose of protein. Just add one can to a mix of ultra-sweet medjool dates, one percent milk, cocoa powder, almond butter, vanilla and mint extracts, and stevia, an all-natural sweetener derived from a plant. Blend. Add cacao nibs as a topping and enjoy! Makes four servings at 192 calories each. On Nutrisystem, this counts as one SmartCarb and one PowerFuel.
3. 3-Step Banana Pudding >
Warning: This recipe may bring back happy memories of childhood. At 149 calories per each large serving, you’ll be savoring every bite without any guilt. And it’s easy to make. Put one percent milk, one large banana, some corn starch, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon and stevia into a blender and puree till smooth. Place the mixture into a pot and bring to a low simmer until thick. Chill for two hours and top with fat-free whipped cream. Mmmm. This tasty treat counts as one SmartCarb, one PowerFuel and two Extras.
4. Chocolate Pudding “Masonable” >
At 248 calories, this dessert/snack can also serve as a flex lunch. It uses a Nutrisystem Chocolate Shake > as the source of its chocolate-y goodness, with chia seeds added for thickness, along with milk. Store in a mason jar with an empty fruit cup on top where you can place pomegranate seeds to add or eat separately. This recipe counts as one SmartCarb, one Power Fuel and three Extras.
5. Vanilla Chai Chia Pudding >
Yes, you read that right. Flavored with vanilla and chai spices cinnamon, ginger and cloves, this creamy, thick concoction contains chia seeds for body, mixed with nonfat Greek yogurt (even more body!) along with skim milk. At 278 calories, it also supplies an awesome 24 grams of satisfying protein. It counts as one SmartCarb, one PowerFuel and one Extra.
6. Peach Melba Pudding >
Pretty to look at, this diet-friendly version of an old-fashioned favorite replaces ice cream with nonfat yogurt and is filled with raspberries and peaches, the fruits most reminiscent of summer. But you don’t have to wait till summer to enjoy it. Frozen berries and canned or frozen peaches in their own juice will work, too. The recipe makes four servings at 111 calories each. Count this as one SmartCarb and one Extra on Nutrisystem.
7. Salted Chocolate Pretzel Bread Pudding >
This spectacular dessert covers all your comfort food needs. It’s starchy, salty, sweet, chocolate-y, chewy and creamy all at once. And it all starts conveniently with one Nutrisystem Whole Grain Soft Pretzel > Defrost the pretzel and allow it to harden overnight. Then you simply tear the pretzel into bite-sized pieces and place in a ramekin, then cover with mini chocolate chips and a mixture of egg whites, almond milk, stevia and vanilla extract. Baked at 350 degrees for about half an hour, it’s sprinkled with chocolate chips and a sprinkle of salt once it’s slightly cooled. Eat warm or cold. It’s 213 calories and accounts for one Nutrisystem snack, one Power Fuel and one Extra.
8. Red, White & Blue Pudding Cup >
No need to save this recipe for the Fourth of July. Patriotism is in style any old time. The red comes from a red-colored sugar-free gelatin that you make first and refrigerate until it’s set. The blue comes from the cup of blueberries and the white from fat free nondairy whipped topping. The recipe makes four servings at only 71 calories each. It counts as two Extras.
9. Berry Easy Bread Pudding Mug Cake >
There’s nearly instant gratification with this recipe, which is cooked in a mug the microwave. All you need is whole wheat bread, egg whites unsweetened almond milk, cinnamon, stevia and berries (your choice). Place the mixture in two mugs, microwave and enjoy! (Save one for later.) At 127 calories, this counts as one SmartCarb and one Extra on Nutrisystem.
10. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Rice Pudding >
One of the chief benefits of this recipe is that it makes eight servings. One of the drawbacks is that it’s so delicious, you may need to hide it from the family! It’s a mixture of short grain brown rice, vanilla almond milk, canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, allspice and ginger), all sweetened with stevia baking blend. It’s done in three hours, but you’ll love waiting for it to finish cooking since it will fill your home with the comforting scent of Thanksgiving. When it’s done, top it with some sugar free maple syrup and pumpkin seeds. Counts this delicious recipe as one SmartCarb.
11. Mango Vanilla Chia Pudding >
This recipe starts conveniently with one Nutrisystem Vanilla Shake > added to milk with one cup of small mango chunks and one tablespoon of chia seeds to set it pudding-style overnight. One serving counts as one SmartCarb, two PowerFuels and two Extras.
12. Instant Pot Rice Pudding Recipe >
We may have saved one of our absolute BEST pudding recipes for last. The Instant Pot makes this rice pudding a cinch to make. Combine all the ingredients—brown rice, raw cranberries, skim milk, coconut milk, water, cinnamon and stevia—in the Instant Pot, set the knob to “sealing,” then turn on Porridge or Manual pressure on low for 20 minutes. Once you allow the pudding to settle, it will firm up and will be ready to eat. At 152 calories, it counts as one SmartCarb and one Extra.