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Vegan Pudding Pound Cake Recipe (vanilla and banana options)

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Many years ago we organized a recipe competition with Zen, a producer of dairy-free pudding. Their puddings have changed over the years, from soy to almond to coconut milk, but that contest’s winning recipes have stood the test of time. For example, Libby’s Vegan Pudding Pound Cake uses dairy-free vanilla pudding (or yogurt!) of any type for a deliciously moist texture. And we just updated her recipe with extensive directions and recipe tips!

Libby's Vegan Pudding Pound Cake Recipe with Vanilla and Banana Options - No Dairy, Eggs, Nuts or Soy!

Libby’s Vegan Pudding Pound Cake easily eschews eggs and dairy

This second recipe uses only a handful of ingredients. And it doesn’t use a pound of each. Rather, the name hints at the rich flavor, texture, and density you’d expect from a pound cake. Here are some additional recipe notes and options for this delicious vegan pudding pound cake.

  • What, no eggs or egg substitute† Technically, the pudding is the egg substitute. It provides a little extra binding and moisture that can be missing without eggs. It also happens to add a sweet vanilla flavor!
  • Where can I get dairy-free pudding?Zen has become hard to find over the years. You may have better luck finding it wayfare or you can just make your own from box pudding. Simply delicious has dairy-free cues, and Jell-O Vanilla Pudding is easy to make dairy-free. Just use 1 (14-ounce) can of coconut milk in place of the milk in the regular Jell-O package.
  • Is there a substitute for the pudding?† Yes! You can choose your favorite brand of dairy-free vanilla yogurt instead of. That said, I’d go for a sweeter type, that’s a bit richer, if possible. I love So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt Silk Almond Milk Yogurtand Silk Soy Yogurt for recipes. They each have a good consistency, a nice vanilla flavor, are easy to find and affordable. Since you’re baking the yogurt, don’t linger on the yogurt probiotics — they won’t survive the heat. And I would avoid brands with alternative sweeteners, as they can adversely affect baked goods.
  • Can I use a buttery spread instead?† The buttery sticks (often called plant butter) are slightly better formulated for baking applications. In a pinch, a spread will usually work. But we do recommend sticks. Country Croc and Earth Balance have great, easy-to-find, affordable stick options that work great in almost any recipe.

Libby's Vegan Pudding Pound Cake Recipe with Vanilla and Banana Options - No Dairy, Eggs, Nuts or Soy!Libby's Vegan Pudding Pound Cake Recipe with Vanilla and Banana Options - No Dairy, Eggs, Nuts or Soy!

Special Diet Notes: Libby’s Vegan Pudding Pound Cake

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free/non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian. Be sure to choose a butter alternative and pudding that suit your nutritional needs.

Libby’s Vegan Pudding Pound Cake

  • 1¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) dairy-free buttery sticks, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 8 ounces or ¾ cup dairy-free vanilla pudding (see post above or tips and options)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease and flour an 8×4-inch loaf pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
  4. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter sticks and sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Reduce the blender speed to low and add the pudding and vanilla. Mix until combined.
  6. Gradually add the dry ingredients to your mixing bowl and blend until smooth.
  7. Spoon the batter into your prepared loaf pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
  8. Bake the cake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the crust is brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Banana Pudding Variation: Use banana pudding instead of vanilla and add a pinch of ground nutmeg.

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