Lactose-free pudding

Lactose-free pudding

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Even though the number of good lactose-free pudding recipes may be increasing, there is good reason to select this one. Being the lactose-free version of a classic French crème bavaroise, it is an especially rich and creamy pudding dessert made with egg yolks. Since it is thickened with gelatine, though, it has a light and delicate consistency. Its smooth texture and great taste of sweet vanilla make this lactose-free pudding a wonderful dessert choice.


  • Let gelatine leaves soak in cold water for about 5 minutes.
  • Split the vanilla pod lengthwise and scrape out the seeds.
  • Boil milk, vanilla pod, and half of the sugar.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and let sit for 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove the vanilla pod.
  • Whip egg yolks with remaining sugar until smooth and mix with milk.
  • Heat over low heat, stirring constantly until the custard thickens.
  • Strain the custard through a fine-mesh sieve.
  • Stir in gelatine sheets and let it cool in a water bath while stirring.
  • Whip double cream and mix with the custard.
  • Pour the mixture into individual moulds or a bowl.
  • Let it set in the fridge for at least 4 hours before serving.

When cooking the custard for this lactose-free pudding, it is important to use a low heat setting to prevent the mixture from burning or sticking to the bottom of the saucepan. To prevent lumps from forming and to ensure a smooth and creamy consistency, stir the mixture constantly while it is cooking.


If lumps start to form regardless, use a whisk to vigorously stir the mixture until the lumps are broken up and it becomes smooth again. If whisking does not work, try using a stick blender to blend the mixture at a low speed until it becomes smooth.

Questions about lactose-free pudding

Lactose-free pudding makes for a great dessert that is tasty and creamy, without being heavy. To learn more, continue reading below where we have answered possible questions you may have about it.

What is bavaroise?
Bavaroise is a type of French dessert. It is a sweet, creamy treat made from a combination of milk, eggs, sugar, gelatine, and flavourings such as vanilla, chocolate, or fruit puree. The mixture is typically chilled until it sets and then served in individual moulds or a large bowl. Bavaroise is similar in texture to custard and pudding but has a lighter, more delicate consistency due to the addition of gelatine. It is often served with fresh fruit, whipped cream, or a fruit sauce. Bavaroise can be made in a variety of flavours and is a popular dessert choice for special occasions.
Can you use lactose-free milk in pudding?
Yes, lactose-free milk can certainly be used in a pudding recipe and is a great option for those who are mindful of their lactose intake but still want to enjoy the taste and texture of milk-based desserts like pudding. When using milk in lactose-free pudding, simply substitute the lactose-free kind for regular milk for a delicious and creamy treat.
Does pudding contain lactose?
In short, it depends on the type of pudding. Traditional pudding recipes often contain milk and/or cream, which are sources of lactose. However, there are many lactose-free pudding recipes available that use lactose-free dairy options to create a dessert for everyone to enjoy. By using dairy products without lactose it is entirely possible to make a tasty lactose-free pudding.


Arla® LactoFREE Milk
250 ml
Arla® LactoFREE Whipping and cooking cream
250 ml
Gelatine leaves
Vanilla pod
150 ml
Egg yolks

Make a lactose-free pudding for everyone to enjoy

A scrumptious pudding is a delectable end to any meal. It is rich without being overpowering, delicate without being one-note. This is especially true for our delicious lactose-free pudding recipe with vanilla. The soft treat makes for an enjoyable dessert that will satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth.

Making desserts like this one with select dairy products that do not contain lactose does not mean compromising on either taste or texture. It has the same velvety mouthfeel you would expect from a regular pudding. Serve it cool, possibly accompanied by fresh berries for added brightness and colour.

In our selections of great lactose-free dessert recipes, we also have an easy lactose-free coffee ice cream recipe or a delicious lactose-free raspberry cream to serve as it is or as a topping on, for example, lactose-free cupcakes.

Crème bavaroise – a soft and creamy vanilla pudding

Our sweet lactose-free pudding has a delicate texture as well as plenty of great taste. As a French crème bavaroise made with gelatine, it is light, soft, and nearly melts in your mouth.

Although it can be flavoured in a myriad of ways, vanilla is a great flavour for a delicate lactose-free pudding. It has a sweet, floral, and slightly woody flavour profile with hints of caramel and a creamy, buttery aroma. This aroma especially makes it well suited to mild, rich milk-based desserts. Though vanilla has a complex flavour that is difficult to pin down, it is generally described as having a warm and comforting taste. These qualities make it a popular choice for desserts in general and a great one for a lactose-free pudding or crème bavaroise specifically.

Small adjustments can make a big difference

Changing the flavour profile and look of this recipe is quite easy. The easiest way to do so is to serve it with different fruits and berries, depending on the occasion as well as the season.

The colourful addition of berries and fruits will bring freshness to the velvety dessert and brighten the eating experience. Great pairings include sweet strawberries, sweet-tart blueberries, and sweet-tangy raspberries. A mix of berries will create a beautiful display with a burst of flavour.

Stone fruits such as peaches, apricots, and nectarines can also be used with vanilla-flavoured lactose-free pudding. They add a slightly tangy flavour that complements its sweetness. So too will tropical picks like mango and pineapple.

Lactose-free chocolate pudding

If you want to take a spin on our lactose-free pudding recipe and make more profound changes a popular choice is, of course, to make a chocolate-flavoured crème bavaroise. This version infuses the rich and creamy dessert with the complex flavours of chocolate.

The result is a decadent lactose-free pudding with a great depth of flavour and a slightly bitter undertone that balances out its sweetness. To balance its richness, it may be served with a bit of lactose-free whipped cream.

On the lookout for more chocolaty treats without lactose? Do not hesitate to have a look at our recipe for moist lactose-free chocolate cake or fudgy lactose-free brownies.