Recently, my husband challenged me to make vegan vanilla pudding after tasting my Chocolate Vegan Pudding. Apprehensive, I thought about my options. If I could make chocolate vegan pudding from sweet potatoes, why not try vegan vanilla pudding the same way?
But, I needed to find a sweet potato with a very mild yet sweet taste. I chose a white sweet potato this time for my experiment, hoping for a bland yet underlying sweet taste.
What is a white sweet potato? And what does it taste like?
When shopping at the grocery store, the two most common sweet potatoes are orange and white sweet potatoes. For instance, orange sweet potatoes with a bright orange interior are extremely sweet,
White sweet potatoes, on the other hand, have lighter, golden-colored skin and white flesh. The interior of a white sweet potato looks a lot like a starchy russet potato, while its shape and texture resemble that of a classic sweet potato.
Because white sweet potatoes taste bland compared to orange sweet potatoes, they make the perfect base for vegan vanilla pudding.
First, I peeled and cut the white sweet potato into equal-sized pieces to boil until soft and cooked through. Generally, this process takes about 20 minutes once the water boils, depending on the pieces' size.
However, a quick way to ensure the potatoes are cooked is to pierce the potato pieces with a fork. If the fork slides through easily, the potatoes are cooked.
Another suggestion is to drain and allow the potatoes to cool before making the vegan vanilla pudding to avoid burning yourself. It's also beneficial for the other ingredients not to be heated or warmed to mix well.
What ingredients are in the vegan vanilla pudding?
- White Sweet Potato
- Medjool Dates
- Unsweetened Oat Milk (or plant milk of choice)
- Maple Syrup
- Vanilla Extract
How to blend dates for vegan vanilla pudding and other recipes
Sometimes, dates stiffen once the package is opened. Also, some packaged dates suggest refrigeration after opening, which makes them tougher than their original soft texture.
As a result, some dates don't blend well when stiff. To soften dates, boil 2 cups of water in the microwave and add the pitted dates to the boiling water.
Then, allow the dates to sit in the boiling water for 10 minutes, which will soften them for blending. Next, drain the water from the dates before blending with the other ingredients.
Once blended thoroughly, the vegan vanilla pudding mixture should be covered and placed in the refrigerator for an hour or more.
Then, spoon the vegan vanilla pudding into your favorite dessert dish and serve plain or with additional toppings.
Possible vegan vanilla pudding topping to enjoy...
- Fresh cranberries and mint (Holly for the holidays)
- Add vegan chocolate chips.
- Sliced Strawberries, Bananas, Blueberries, Kiwi or Pineapple
- Granola or crunchy nuts
- Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar
Like my chocolate vegan pudding recipe, vegan vanilla pudding can be frozen for a creamy vanilla frozen treat.
Here are more healthy desserts to curb your vegan sweet tooth.
- Chocolate Vegan Pudding
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
- Simple Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- Cranberry Bars
- Vegan Apple Crisp
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂