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Easy Fruit Pudding from Scratch

Posted by Didi Gorman on

“Ooh, yummy! How did you make this?”

Today I’ll be sharing the recipe for this awesome homemade fruit pudding!

It’s super easy to make. Only 15 minutes from start to finish.

This is my solid proof that making nutritious desserts from scratch is totally doable (and is very satisfying), which is what our post today is all about, especially when you use whole, natural, fresh, unprocessed ingredients, and the result is an exquisite velvety dig-worthy treat.

No cooking skills required. A stick blender and a whisk is all I use.

There’s no sugar or sweeteners here of any kind. Made entirely from fresh fruit and cream, it’s bursting with flavor and vitamins! Truly a living food. No dessert I’ve ever bought has even come close to the vibrant, real freshness of this one. You’ll see what I mean once you’ve tasted it.

If freshilcious was a word, it would certainly be the best to describe this treat. But until this word officially enters the English language, I’ll describe my pudding as fruitilicious! There. That should do it. Wait, what? That’s not a word either? Oh, well, it should be…

Special thanks to Chef Bobby Flay, whose Layered Smoothie recipe inspired this one.

Just before we dive in, a word about quality. When the ingredients are great to start with, very little is required from us to bring this dish to its full mouth-watering potential.

I therefore recommend two things:
1. Use organic ingredients whenever possible.
2. Go for ripe to very ripe fruit, because that’s when the fruit is at its peak of sweetness and maturity, and has absorbed all the nutrients from the soil.

Our work is really very simple. All we do is make two separate thick layers and then stack them. Why thick? Because we don’t want our pudding to cave in.

The top layer is a thick strawberry-banana smoothie. The bottom is a mango-cream pudding.

Here it is:

Preps: 15 minutes (+optional refrigeration: 30 minutes)
Serves: 5-7

You will need:
2 very ripe and soft mangoes, peeled, pitted and diced
12-13 very ripe strawberries, hulled
2 very ripe bananas
¾ tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
A pinch lemon zest
A pinch orange zest
¾ cup whipping cream

For garnish:
One raspberry and one thin slice of banana per serving

You’ll also need:
3 bowls or jars for blending

Highly recommended:
Individual see-through serving glasses

How to make it:
1. In a large bowl blend mango and lemon juice till smooth.
2. In a separate bowl whip cream with lemon zest and orange zest till silky.
3. Gently combine mango and cream by mixing with a spoon, till smooth and thick.
4. In another jar blend bananas and strawberries till smooth and viscous.
5. Optional: refrigerate both mixtures for 30 minutes to set. (Do not combine them.)
6. Before serving, fill each serving glass half way with the mango mixture. If necessary, tilt gently for even distribution.
7. Gently fill with strawberry mixture to about half an inch from the top.
8. Garnish with a thin banana slice placed horizontally, and a small raspberry.

If you’re looking to swap the cream, try plain Greek yogurt, plain thick kefir or coconut milk, only keep in mind that changing the ingredients might turn this into a smoothie rather than pudding and you might not be able to stack it.

I won’t hold you up anymore. Go enjoy your pudding!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, brimming with fruity goodness,

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I have written over 30 easy fruit recipes to make from scratch at home!
All the recipes are in my book Fresh Fruit Anyone? Easy Homemade Fruit Treats from Scratch, where you will find fruit-based snacks and desserts, mango porcupines, unique lemonades and smoothies, berry slushies, banana ice creams, orange-strawberry popsicles, peach jelloes, apple compotes, pear and berry jams, awesome no-bowl fruit salads, and much more!
I invite you to explore, enjoy, dig in, and be inspired by this fruitilicious feast!