Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding

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Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding also called cornmeal pone is a flavorful Jamaican dessert made from cornmeal, coconut milk, raisins, and spices. It is firm pudding consistency with a sweet and creamy coconut custard topping. Cornmeal pudding is a staple dessert in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean.

Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding

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Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding Slice

Cornmeal pudding is one of the popular Caribbean desserts that is enjoyed all year round but it is especially popular during the holidays. I remember as a child looking forward to buying a slice of Miss Mary’s cornmeal pudding,  or sweet potato pudding after school. It was sweet, soft and the creamy custard on top was such a delight.

My mom also made her version that I also enjoyed using fresh coconut milk, mixed spice, nutmeg, and vanilla. I’m so happy that now I make my own vegan and gluten-free versions including  Sweet Potato Pudding and Jamaican Christmas Cake that remind me of those carefree days.

Cornmeal Pudding

How I Was Inspired To Make Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding

My inspiration to share my vegan Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding recipe came a few days ago when my brother from England inboxed me a photo of cornmeal pudding he had made. It looked amazing so I asked him to share with me his recipe and I would make a vegan version of it.

Before he could reply, I remembered that years ago, I had made a vegan version of  Grace Foods Cornmeal Pudding and it was amazing. I quickly told him not to bother (since I didn’t want to wait) and I sent him a link to Grace’s recipe and told him I would go ahead and make a vegan version of it instead. He wrote me back and said Wow that was the very recipe he made.

Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding

How To Make Cornmeal Pudding

To make a Vegan and Gluten-Free Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding I used cornmeal and Krusteaz Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour. You can substitute with regular all-purpose flour.

  1. In a large bowl combine, cornmeal, all-purpose flour. Bring coconut milk, water, non-dairy butter, sugar,  salt, and spices to a boil in a large pot on medium-high. Reduce heat to a simmer.
  2. Using a whisk, slowly pour cornmeal/flour mixture into a simmering liquid while stirring constantly until a thick mixture is formed, continue mixing to remove all lumps
  3. Add raisins and stir, cover the pot and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. While the cornmeal is cooking, prepare the custard.

To prepare the custard, mix coconut milk, sugar, and cinnamon in a medium and set aside.

Scoop cornmeal mixture into prepared pan, pour custard on top of the pudding and bake for 45 minutes.

Allow the cornpone to cool for 15 minutes before slicing the cornmeal pudding.

Should I Use Canned Coconut Milk Or From A Carton?

Use full-fat coconut milk from a can or fresh coconut milk made from scratch. Cornmeal pudding is a rich dessert that’s full of flavor so coconut milk that is not watered down is best. 

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Nutrition

(Per portion)
  • Energy: 332 kcal / 1388 kJ
  • Fat: 17 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Carbs: 39 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 10 min
  • Cooking: 45 min
  • Ready in: 55 min
For: 20 Servings

Ingredients

Custard

Instructions

For The Cornmeal Pudding

  1. Preheat oven 350, line a 10-inch round baking pan with parchment paper and brush with oil or use cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine, cornmeal, all-purpose flour. Bring coconut milk, water, non-dairy butter, sugar,  salt, and spices to a boil in a large pot on medium high. Reduce heat to a simmer.
  3. Using a whisk, slowly pour cornmeal/flour mixture into simmering liquid while stirring constantly until a thick mixture is formed, continue mixing to remove all lumps/ Add raisins and stir, cover the pot and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. While the cornmeal is cooking, prepare the custard.
  4. Scoop cornmeal mixture into prepared pan, pour custard on top of pudding and bake for 45 minutes. Allow the cornpone to cool for 15 minutes before slicing the cornmeal pudding.

To Prepare The Custard

  1. Mix coconut milk, sugar, and cinnamon in a medium and set aside
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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25 Comments
  1. Puljarie
    November 21, 2020

    THANKS FOR SHARINGYOUR JAMAICAN CORNMEAL PUDDING, JUST CAN IMAGIN HOW MUCH ONESELF COULD PREPARE WITH CORNMEAL, I SURE GOING TO PREPARE THIS SPECIAL RECIPE , LOOKS SOOOOO YUMMMMMMMMMIIIIIIIII

  2. Andrea Khaleel
    October 23, 2020

    Thanks for an easier and healthier version of the Jamaican favorite

  3. Ina
    May 15, 2020

    I am trying to not use any wheat flours, even gluten free Any other options you’d recommend? Nut flower or arrowroot or anything?

  4. Andrea B
    November 26, 2019

    The glaze is the custard: coconut milk, sugar, and cinnamon

  5. Alexis
    November 2, 2019

    I see a glaze but you don’t mention it in the recipe

  6. Janet
    November 1, 2019

    The recipe is partially downloaded. No ingredients, Thanks. Janet

  7. Andrea
    May 12, 2019

    Loved this recipe! I always dreaded making this out of fear it would be just way too much work but this was just so simple! I always loved these delicacies since childhood and relieved that I can now make them as “easy as pie”. Thanks

  8. Kim
    March 28, 2019

    Wondering how to store this overnight? Fridge or room temperature?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      March 29, 2019

      I normally keep mine out overnight and then after that, I refrigerate. There is enough sugar in the pudding itself to act as a preservative. Puddings are moister than other baked goods can cause a little concern, also the fact that the topping is very moist and bacteria love to grow in moisture. So to be safe it would be best to refrigerate.

    • Shawn
      June 29, 2020

      My mother was also well known in our community by her Jamaican cooking. Prior to her death she never taught us (or had patience) how to cook it, and quite often we had to help cook. The only 10 inch pan I have is either a springform or pie glass. Will the springform work, or a square pan (which is roughly the same size)? Thanks!

      • Michelle Blackwood, RN
        June 29, 2020

        Shawn so sorry about your loss, I understand how your mother was, sometimes it is just easier to get the food on the table on time than to take the time to teach the little ones. However, it is never too late to learn, I’m so happy you found my website, I try to make easy recipes. For years now, I always cook in a hurry (I’m always doing multiple tasks at the same time). That’s why you would rarely see baked goods on my website. I have to be in a special mood or it has to be for a special occasion. To answer your question, the springform pan should be fine as long as it is not leaking. I usually put it on a baking sheet just in case the batter spills during baking. I hope you enjoy it and it brings back lovely memories.

        • Shawn
          June 30, 2020

          Hi Michelle. Thank you for sharing this recipe! It’s so difficult to find Jamaican recipes without refined sugar! I’m definitely looking forward to making this. It will compliment my Jamaican inspired meal of Chicken soup (or Cock soup). Take care!

  9. Cee-cee
    January 19, 2019

    It looks delish. Thank you for sharing your recipes. I am looking for more ways to incorporate Jamaican (West Indian) cooking with the Instant Pot (IP). I tried the IP rice and peas, and it came out perfectly. I am making your IP red pea soup as we speak. I have no doubt it will turn out great.
    I can’t wait to try this recipe out. Quick question, have you tried baking in your instant pot? I would love to see your version of this recipe in your IP.
    Thanks

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 19, 2019

      Thank you Cee-cee, I’m happy the rice and peas came out. Hoping the red peas soup turns out great as well. I haven’t tried baking it my Instant Pot but I do have it on my to-do list.

  10. Ann
    December 20, 2018

    Yummy, Delicious.

    I have made this recipe twice in the last week and both times it came out well. The prep time was a breeze. On my second try I cut back on the sugar and it was still delicious. I look forward to making this recipe again, next time with honey or maybe with stevia as a healthier alternative to sugar.

    Love your recipes!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      December 20, 2018

      Thank you Ann, I’m so happy you enjoyed it and I love the idea of trying it with a healthier sugar alternative. Maple syrup should also work great.

  11. Clarissa
    December 19, 2018

    A tasty recipe, reminds me of my childhood