I sent my husband a text message yesterday with a photo of Reed chowing on some home made pudding we made. Reed devoured the ENTIRE BOWL and even began tilting it up to drink the left over he couldn’t get with a spoon. My husbands response to my “Reed loves pudding!” was “Who doesn’t” :) – I for one HATE pudding. So gross. I hate any sort of thick textured food. Yogurts even plain milk make me gag. Totally a texture issue for me. Anything remotely thick like pudding is not for me. Yes I am weird :) – regardless of my dislikes and weirdness… I am willing to experiment and make my kids foods. However, if this pudding taste gross, don’t blame me. Blame my kids HAHAHHAA… cause I didn’t even taste it (gag). :)
I was at the store buying up some snack foods for my kids pre-school this week… and was wondering by Jello’s Pudding. MY KIDS LOVE pudding… so I wanted to get them some… but I of course begin to think of what all is in my children’s food. I took a look and had to put it down. Read FOOD BABES post on JELLO products HERE. If you want :) If you don’t want to take the time to read her post (don’t blame you, her post are very long). Here is a list of Jello Pudding Ingredients, just for those curious:
INGREDIENTS: Sugar, Modified Food Starch, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Disodium Phosphate (for Thickening), Contains Less than 2% of Natural Flavor and Artificial Flavor, Salt, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate (for Thickening), Mono And Diglycerides (Prevent Foaming), Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 1, Artificial Color, BHA …
Why on earth does Jello BROWN chocolate pudding have DYES IN IT?! I just don’t get why they keep putting that junk in our food….
Now this is not to say we will never eat Jello’s pudding. You have to come to a place where you can give a little bit… and I have found in my journey to eat healthier and give my kids healthy options… that being a total ANTI anything store bought, will end up one, rubbing people wrongly at parties, social events and among just normal friendships. It creates in me a bondage to constant worry. If I let myself over think “food” to often, I obsess and can’t relax. I think there can be a healthy balance in buying store bought foods on occasion, knowing what may be in it, etc… but also trying when you can, to make a healthier alternative for your kids.
SO! we played with a pudding recipe and while I do not believe this recipe is refined or perfect… Its a first step to finding that perfect one :) – I got this recipe off of “Taste of Home” – feel free to check out their version of the recipe. I tweaked mine a bit to fit our family ingredient list a little bit better :)
1 cup sucanat (Sugar Cane Natural) – or use regular sugar
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1/4 cup arrow root powder
(Original recipe called for Cornstarch. I think I may try it with a non-gmo corn starch, if I can find one. Most corn starches are full of GMOS… so I use arrow root powder instead… however, our jello came out a bit to thick and sticky… and I am pretty sure the arrow root is to blame. SO! If you have corn starch maybe try that first? … ill play with the recipe as time goes and update this with any changes. Its a learning process haha, im just posting along the way – yall can learn with me.)
1/2 teaspoon real salt
4 cups milk
2 tablespoons melted un-salted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
In large pot put in your baking cocoa, arrow root/or corn starch, salt and sucanat together. I had my temp set to medium at this time, it didnt begin to burn- since we did it rather quick. Once mixed together, add in your milk SLOWLY. As the temp. rises the liquid mixture will begin to thicken. Continue to add all the milk in until you are done with the milk. Once mixture gets to boiling, you will notice the thickening… take it off the heat at this point, then add in the melted unsalted butter… as well as vanilla.
(Yes some of my kids are in their boxers. Sorry, thats how our mornings seem to roll)
Pour into small glass jars or a big glass bowl. Refrigerate and serve as desired.
& in Reed’s words “Cheers” ;-) – its one of the few words he says, he loves it.