Pumpkin Pudding: Naturally Sweetened and Dairy Free

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and I have been working on planning the menu. Many of my family members have dairy allergies or sensitivities so I wanted to make a Thanksgiving dessert that they could enjoy. I also wanted it to be something simple that could be made ahead of time since cooking everything the day of Thanksgiving can be quite chaotic. Pumpkin pudding is the delicious dessert that I settled on.

I love this pumpkin pudding because it is sweet, creamy, and has a rich pumpkin flavor. Not only that, it is actually good for you which gives it some major bonus points! The only sweetener in the pudding is pure maple syrup. Pumpkin, coconut cream, eggs, and gelatin are the other nourishing ingredients in this recipe.

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Dairy free, naturally sweetened pumpkin pudding made with healthy, nourishing ingredients is the perfect Thanksgiving dessert.

I make my own homemade pumpkin puree because I love using up the pumpkins from our garden. Store bought pumpkin will work just as well for this recipe if you don’t have access to homemade pumpkin puree. Just make sure you get plain pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling.

This post gives detailed instructions on how to easily make your own pumpkin puree using an Instant Pot. You can also cook the pumpkin in the oven and then puree it. Either method works well, it is just faster with the Instant Pot.

Dairy free, naturally sweetened pumpkin pudding made with healthy, nourishing ingredients is the perfect Thanksgiving dessert.

5 from 4 votes

Dairy Free, Naturally Sweetened Pumpkin Pudding


  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp gelatin
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cans full fat coconut milk chilled for 4 hours
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Combine gelatin and water in a bowl and allow to sit for 10 minutes.

  2. Add pumpkin, maple syrup, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt into a large bowl. Whisk to combine.

  3. Scoop the coconut cream out of the cans and place in large bowl. You won't need the rest of the liquid in the can for this recipe. Add vanilla extract. Using a hand mixer, whip the coconut cream until it is fluffy. 

  4. Heat the gelatin water mixture over low heat until clear. Whisk into pumpkin mixture.

  5. Measure out two cups of the coconut cream and stir together with the pumpkin mixture. 

  6. Cover the bowl of pumpkin pudding and chill in the refrigerator 6 hours or overnight. 

  7. Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.


Try out these other great Thanksgiving recipes!

Bacon and Butternut Squash Casserole
Instant Pot Turkey and Rice Soup
Dairy free, naturally sweetened pumpkin pudding made with healthy, nourishing ingredients is the perfect Thanksgiving dessert.


  • Lacey
    Posted November 12, 2018 10:13 am 0Likes

    This looks delicious! I’m going to have to try this, as I am almost literally swimming in pumpkin puree over here! Thanks for sharing!

  • Mervova Vladka
    Posted November 13, 2018 8:32 am 0Likes

    5 stars
    a lot of pumpkins here this year so I am glad to find a recipe that I am sure my kids will love. It looks like healthy alternative to classic pudding.

  • Whitney
    Posted November 19, 2018 3:14 pm 0Likes

    5 stars
    These look so amazing! Trying ASAP!

  • Amanda Yorton
    Posted November 19, 2018 5:25 pm 0Likes

    I was just craving something pumpkin but didn’t feel like making a pie! I’m definitely trying these!!

  • Kristy Bullard
    Posted November 19, 2018 9:13 pm 0Likes

    5 stars
    This sounds delicious! And, I have some family who have issues with sugar and others who can’t have dairy – so this is a great recipe for us!

  • Jen
    Posted November 19, 2018 9:57 pm 0Likes

    Oh, Yum! My daughter loves pumpkin so this would be a real treat for her.

  • Chelsea
    Posted November 19, 2018 10:29 pm 0Likes

    This looks amazing and quite simple to make! I really want to try this!

  • Luci
    Posted November 20, 2018 1:53 am 0Likes

    5 stars
    This pudding looks so delicious. I’ve been wanting pumpkin spice pudding and I’l have to use this recipe.

  • Susan Franklin
    Posted November 20, 2018 6:16 am 0Likes

    The pudding looks delicious and I love your picture presentation. I like the naturally sweet recipe – it’s hard to find good recipes without a lot of sugar, especially during the Holidays!

  • krystal
    Posted November 20, 2018 6:08 pm 0Likes

    Love dairy free options. I think this looks so refreshing and delicious!

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