You only need 4 ingredients to make this easy pumpkin pudding – the perfect sweet and easy taste of fall you need!

Three small glass dishes filled with orange pumpkin pudding, topped with whipped cream and garnished with pepitas and cinnamon.

Is Labor Day too early for pumpkin recipes?

Or a better question, do I care? Nope! I love pumpkin and could literally eat it year-round. And I really love fall. Everything about it. Pumpkin, the smell of falling leaves, the slight chill in the air. Even football.

Sorta kinda. Don’t tell my husband.

This easy pumpkin pudding recipe is a quick recipe that will satisfy both your sweet tooth and your craving for fall.

Three small glass dishes filled with orange pumpkin pudding, topped with whipped cream and garnished with pepitas and cinnamon.

About this easy pumpkin pudding

There are only four ingredients in this easy pumpkin pudding. Really, it’s jazzed up instant pudding (but don’t tell anyone!) You should be able to whip it up in just five minutes but do allow enough time for it to chill, about an hour in the fridge.

So…..drum roll….the four ingredients are:

  • instant vanilla pudding
  • pumpkin puree (i.e. canned pumpkin)
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • milk

Whisk it all together. Notice the word “whisk”. Doesn’t whisking sound faster than stirring? Just saying. Be sure to use plain canned pumpkin–don’t buy pumpkin pie filling which contains lots of sugar already.

Pour the pudding into cute serving dishes and chill.

I like to garnish mine with pepitas (pumpkin seeds). Toasted pepitas with brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice would be really good! Or garnish with a dollop of homemade whipped cream, or a sprinkle of granola. For kids, plain graham crackers are a perfect side to easy pumpkin pudding.

Close up view of easy pumpkin pudding garnished with whipped cream, pepitas, and cinnamon.

Wondering about pumpkin pie spice? Pumpkin pie spice is a blend of spices. I usually make my own and keep it in the pantry. You can buy a mix at the store, too. It contains cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cloves. Pumpkin pie spice is what makes plain ol’ pumpkin taste like delicious pumpkin pie.

Speaking of pumpkin pie, pour this easy pumpkin pudding into a pre-made pie shell, either pastry or graham cracker, and chill. How easy is that! Perfect for Thanksgiving.

Overhead view of a small clear glass filled with orange pumpkin pudding, topped with whipped cream and garnished with pepitas and cinnamon.

Everything pumpkin!

Try these delicious pumpkin recipes this fall (or any time!):

 

Three small glass dishes filled with orange pumpkin pudding, topped with whipped cream and garnished with pepitas and cinnamon.

Close up view of easy pumpkin pudding garnished with whipped cream, pepitas, and cinnamon.

Easy Pumpkin Pudding

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

You only need 4 ingredients to make this easy pumpkin pudding – the perfect sweet and easy taste of fall you need!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin purée (canned plain pumpkin)
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup milk
  • one 1-ounce package instant vanilla pudding
  • optional: whipped cream and/or pepitas for topping
  • optional: graham crackers for dipping

Instructions

  1. In a medium-large bowl, whisk together pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie spice, milk, and instant pudding. Whisk until there are no lumps. Pour into individual dessert dishes.
  2. Chill for about an hour or until firm.
  3. Garnish with pepitas and/or whipped cream. It tastes great scooped up on a graham cracker as well!

Notes

  • Use plain canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 243Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 68mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 12g

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Verdict: Delicious! Like I say, it will satisfy your craving for fall.
Husband’s take: As I type this, he has not yet tried it. But E loves it!
Changes I would make: None!
Difficulty: So easy!