Strawberry Pudding is one of the best easy strawberry desserts because it’s made with fresh fruit! A healthier strawberry dessert that’s no bake, this recipe calls for simple and fresh ingredients. Makes 4 servings.
This pudding recipe was originally published April 16, 2012. The text and images were updated and republished in March 2021.
Springtime in Louisiana is one of my favorite times of the year, mostly because of the harvesting of fresh Louisiana strawberries and an abundance of my favorite beer.
A local fruit stand sells strawberries by the flat, and when we lived there, I would purchase strawberries by the flat and bring them home to make all kinds of goodies. (We’re talking sweet and savory, including Strawberry Vinaigrette, Strawberry Syrup, Strawberry Lemonade Muffins and more!)
Strawberries are probably my favorite springtime fruit, and this strawberry mousse recipe is an utter delight. In fact, I developed it with those tons of strawberries I purchased back in the day. 😉
Why I love this strawberry pudding recipe:
OK. So I originally called this recipe a strawberry mousse in 2012, but upon further research and reflection, it’s absolutely a strawberry pudding. It’s a bit of a twist, though, and it’s not traditional.
However, this recipe is incredibly creamy and light. It’s just sweet enough, thanks to the fresh strawberries. It’s a little healthier, too, using lower fat yogurt instead of heavy whipping cream, which is oftentimes found in pudding recipes.
This is also a no bake strawberry dessert, and you don’t need a box of gelatin. We’re using fresh fruit in this dessert.
Looking for more sweet treat inspiration? Head on over to my Dessert Recipe Index for some ideas!
What you need to make this strawberry pudding recipe:
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- A large mixing bowl
- Rubber spatula
- Serving dishes, like these martini glasses that are seen in my photos
In addition to those tools, you’ll need a few ingredients to make this stunning homemade pudding without gelatin, too:
- Fresh strawberries—give ’em a taste before you cook them down. If they’re not sweet enough, you might want to consider drizzling extra maple syrup.
- Orange juice—fresh squeezed or from a container at the store both work here!
- Cornstarch—this serves as our thickener for the mousse. If you don’t eat corn, you could substitute arrowroot powder for it
- Pure maple syrup—please don’t use maple-flavored syrup. We want the flavors to sing and to use the real deal!
- Greek yogurt—my original recipe called for French vanilla, but we used plain when we made this recently, and it was delish!
How do you make strawberry pudding from scratch?
You’ll throw your strawberries into the pot, and let those strawberries hang out until they release all their juices, creating a strawberry soup. When they’re nice and soupy, remove them from the pan and pour ’em into a bowl.
Then add the orange juice, flour, honey and maple syrup to the saucepan. Heat them over low heat until they thicken, the pour into the strawberry mixture. Stir until combined.
Pour everything back into the saucean, and heat over low heat until thick. Transfer back to your bowl.
Measure in your Greek yogurt to the strawberry mixture. Gently fold it into the strawberry mixture, then divide it among your serving containers. (You can also chill it in a large bowl if that’s easier!)
Press plastic wrap on top of the surface of your strawberry pudding so a film won’t form on top of it while it chills in the fridge for 1-2 hours. (You can also make it in advance and store for 2-3 days beforehand.)
And then, once the pudding has chilled, serve garnished with a fresh strawberry and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
This will easily keep in the fridge for 2-3 days, so make it in advance. Just be sure that it’s covered up with the plastic wrap, though, so that a film doesn’t form on top of the strawberry pudding.
This strawberry mousse recipe is an excellent use of lots of fresh strawberries! This is one of many easy strawberry desserts that’s perfect for warm weather and for sharing.
More fresh strawberry desserts you might enjoy…
- Strawberry Chocolate Cake
- Strawberry Bread Pudding
- Strawberry and Blueberry Hand Pies
- Easy Strawberry Tart
- Roasted Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles
Strawberry Pudding is one of the best easy strawberry desserts because it's made with fresh fruit! A healthier strawberry dessert that's no bake, this recipe calls for simple and fresh ingredients.
- 2 cups chopped strawberries
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- In a small saucepan, warm the strawberries over medium heat until the berries have broken down and released their juices, about 5 minutes.
- Scoop the strawberry "soup" out of the saucepan and into a heat-safe bowl.
- Over low heat, add the orange juice, cornstarch and maple syrup.
- Heat until the mixture has thickened slightly, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the strawberries back in, and bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Transfer the mixture back to a bowl, and let cool for about 30 minutes.
- When the strawberry mixture has cooled, scoop in the yogurt and mix gently until combined.
- Cover with plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator.
- Dollop 6 tablespoons of the mousse into your four bowls. Serve with a fresh strawberry on top of each serving!
For a richer, creamier mousse, use a full-fat yogurt. However, a fat free yogurt totally works here, too!
This recipe will double for a crowd! Do the simple math on the ingredients, and then follow the instructions as they're written.
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Serving Size:1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 114Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 6g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.