Vegan Purin (Japanese Pudding Recipe)

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Purin (pudding) is the perfect dessert for anyone looking to indulge in a cold and sweet treat. This vegan version is light and creamy and also very simple to make!

Kanten Purin(Japanese Vegan Pudding).

Purin is a creamy custard pudding and is a popular Japanese dessert.

The traditional recipe includes eggs and whole milk to create this creamy texture; however, this is a vegan version that uses agar which creates an equally satisfying mouthfeel without any animal products required.

Try making this tasty Japanese cold dessert! I hope you will love it!

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Let me walk you through the ingredients and how to make this delicious dessert. Let’s get cooking!

About This Recipe

  • Japanese sweet custard pudding recipe
  • Vegan version of the classic custard purin
  • Similar to crème caramel or flan
  • Use of agar to solidify and create a firmer texture

What is Purin?

Japanese pudding illustration.

Purin is a popular Japanese custard pudding known for its simplicity. It’s easily found at convenience stores and grocery stores in Japan.

The basic ingredients for making purin are egg, whole milk, and sugar, and the dessert is prepared by creating an egg mixture, pouring it into small containers, and baking it in a hot water bath.

The ingredients and the method used to make it may differ slightly, but it’s similar to flan and crème caramel.

Vegan purin

In this recipe, I don’t use eggs or milk, which are the key differences from the traditional version.

The main ingredient here is agar, as it helps solidify the mixture. You can still have a creamy and smooth texture even without using eggs or milk.

If this is your first time making purin, don’t worry, it’s not difficult to make at all! All you have to do is mix ingredients, boil, and refrigerate them until they are set up just right.

📋 Ingredients

Here are the ingredients (amounts are in the recipe card below).

Ingredients for Kanten Purin(Japanese Vegan Pudding).

What is Agar?

Agar is made by taking seaweed, such as tengusa (red algae) or ogonori, freezing, and drying it. It’s sold in bar, strand, and powder. In this recipe, we will use the powder kind.

As mentioned earlier, the firmness of the pudding is due to the use of agar. You can also use gelatine powder, but I prefer agar as it’s a plant-based ingredient and contains fiber.

By the way, the Japanese name for agar is Kanten which is an important ingredient for Japanese traditional desserts such as yokan, kanten jelly, etc.


Let’s see the steps to make it (See more details in the recipe card). Click here to watch the recipe video.

How to make Kanten Purin(Japanese Vegan Pudding).
  1. Mix ingredients in a medium saucepan
  2. Cook on the stovetop at medium-low heat and bring to a boil
  3. Add a hint of vanilla extract
  4. Transfer the mixture to glass jars or plastic containers and refrigerate
Kanten Purin(Japanese Vegan Pudding).

If you like caramel pudding, pour maple syrup over it and enjoy! Feel free to experiment to create a different flavor if you like!

Helpful tips

  • While cooking on the stove top, stir it constantly to avoid chucks forming.
  • Agar starts solidifying at room temperature, so transfer the mixture to your containers quickly.
  • After pouring the mixture into the container, tap it a few times to remove small bubbles.
  • I use small glass containers for pudding molds, but you can use other types of containers, such as plastic or steel.


  • Banana pudding: Mix in mashed ripe bananas and add them to the mixture before pouring them into the containers. You can also add banana slices to the bottom of the containers before pouring the mixture.
  • Matcha pudding: Mix in matcha powder to the mixture for a unique flavor and color.
  • Chocolate pudding: Mix in cocoa powder or melted chocolate for a rich, chocolatey flavor.

Thanks For Stopping By!

Kanten Purin(Japanese Vegan Pudding).

I hope you will enjoy this vegan Japanese purin! This easy-to-make and delicious dessert is suitable for everyone to enjoy!

If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment section below!

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Vegan Purin (Japanese Pudding Recipe)

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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Juri Austin
Purin (pudding) is the perfect dessert for anyone looking to indulge in a cold and sweet treat. This vegan version is light and creamy and also very simple to make!


  • 280 ml Soy milk, 300g (*1)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

A ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp Maple syrup, 30g
  • 2 Tbsp Corn Starch, 10g
  • 1/2 tsp Agar, 1g
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Maple Syrup, for topping


  • Mix ingredients: Put all ingredients in a medium saucepan and mix. Add soy milk and continue to mix until smooth.
  • Bring to a boil: Heat over medium heat and stir until boil (about 3 to 4 minutes).
  • Add vanilla extract: Turn off the heat, add vanilla extract and stir.
  • Cool: Strain through a fine strainer and pour into a container and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Topping: Pour maple syrup on top.



  • While cooking on the stove, stir it constantly to avoid chucks forming.
  • Agar starts solidifying at room temperature, so transfer it to your containers quickly.
  • *1: US unit is 1C and 3 Tbsp.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 23.8g | Protein: 4.4g | Fat: 2.4g | Sodium: 295mg | Sugar: 13.8g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Japanese pudding, Japanese purin, vegan
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