I enjoyed sweet potato pudding while growing up in Jamaica. It is easy to make, using a food processor or a blender. I must say it wasn’t as easy to make when I was growing up, but it was such a delight to eat and an appreciation of my mother’s labor of love that brings back warm memories!

Vegan Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding

Vegan Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding

In Jamaica, they call this baking style “hell a top, hell a bottom, and hallelujah in the middle.” It results in a decadent pudding with a perfectly baked sweet custard top.

Nowadays, I make my version of Jamaican sweet potato pudding vegan and gluten-free. I quickly peel and chop the potatoes. Process in a food processor, add canned coconut milk, gluten-free flour, and spices, and pop it in an oven. I do a special step to get the custard topping by adding extra sweetened coconut milk halfway during baking.

This recipe is a must-try, there isn’t much room to fail if you are trying it for the first time. You will be happy you tried it! Serve it with my Jamaican Stew Peas with Dumplings and my Jamaican Sorrel Drink for a truly authentic taste of the Island.

Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding

In Jamaica, this baking style is called “hell a top, hell a bottom, and hallelujah in the middle.” The result would be a decadent pudding perfectly baked with a sweet custard top.

Nowadays, I make my version of Jamaican sweet potato pudding vegan and gluten-free.  I peel and chop the potatoes.

Process in a food processor, add canned coconut milk, gluten-free flour, and spices, and pop it in an oven. I do a special step to get the custard topping by adding extra sweetened coconut milk halfway during baking.

This recipe is a must-try, there isn’t much room to fail if you are trying it for the first time. You will be happy you tried it! Serve it with my Jamaican Stew Peas with Dumplings and my Jamaican Sorrel Drink for a truly authentic taste of the Island.

How To Make Vegan Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding

To make Jamaican Sweet Potato pudding, you will need a special variety of sweet potato that has white flesh with red skin. It is mainly sold in West Indian, Asian and African grocery stores. But fortunately, it’s getting more popular here in the USA and it can even be found in Walmart. Sometimes it is also sold as ‘batata’.

Here are some of the differences between Jamaican white-flesh sweet potato and American orange-flesh sweet potato

    1. The Jamaican white flesh sweet potato is white flesh with red skin and the American sweet potato is orange flesh with brown skin.
    2. Jamaican sweet potato are sturdier when cooked, while American sweet potato are softer
    3. Jamaican sweet potatoes are starchier in texture than American sweet potatoes.
    4. Although they are both sweet, there is a distinct difference in their sweetness.

Pro Chef Tip

Update: I have known readers who have replaced gluten-free flours with regular all-purpose flour with great success.

Also, a reader noted that she has doubled the flour and was able to have success using American sweet potatoes. I will have to try it soon.

Vegan Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding

How to Store Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding?

I usually store mine for 1-2 days in a container with a tight-fitting lid, then refrigerate any leftovers. It also freezes well.

Other Jamaican Gluten-Free Vegan Desserts To Try

    1. Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding
    1. Jamaican Blue Draws
    1. Vegan Pineapple Tart
    1.  Gluten-Free Mango Bread
    1. Vegan Plantain Bread

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Vegan Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding

This Jamaican sweet potato pudding recipe is a vegan spin on this popular dessert enjoyed in Jamaica and the Caribbean throughout the year. It is very moist, rich, and indulgent!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: jamaican, pudding, sweet potato
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 166kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds sweet potato (aka batata) *See Notes
  • 1 14-ounce can coconut milk
  • 1 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ginger freshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup gluten-free all purpose flour or brown rice flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Custard Topping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven 375℉. Grease a 9-inch round baking pan. Set aside.
  • Peel sweet potatoes and roughly chop. Grate using the grater or a food processor in batches. If using a food processor or blender, add some coconut milk to help process.
  • Transfer grated sweet potatoes to a large bowl, add coconut milk, coconut palm sugar, spices and salt.
  • Stir in flour to form a mostly smooth batter.
  • Pour batter into cake pan and bake for 45 minutes.
  • Combine all topping ingredients in a small bowl and pour evenly on the top of the pudding.
  • Return pudding to oven and bake for another 45 minutes or until top is golden brown.
  • Delicious served alone or with coconut whipped cream.
  • Please double the flour if using the regular American sweet potato variety.

Nutrition

Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 120mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 10726IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg