Rice Pudding Recipe

Quick easy naturally gluten free dessert (or breakfast) recipe.

Rice Pudding

Rice pudding is one of those classic comfort foods you can't live without, and can eat anytime - breakfast, dessert or supper. Children of all ages love it.

This rice pudding can be either a vegan dessert or lacto-vegetarian dessert recipe. It's minimally sweetened, with no added fat, plus it has protein, and complex carbs for energy.

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Total prep & cook time: 30 min

4 Servings

Nutrition Data Per Serving: 269 Cal, 7g Fat, 85mg Sodium, 48g Carb, 2g Fiber, 25g Sugars, 5g Protein, low cholesterol, good source Riboflavin & Manganese, Estimated Glycemic Load 26


  • 1 1/2 cup cooked rice (any kind, brown or white)
  • 4 cups dairy or almond milk
  • 1/4 cup blanched almonds (approximately 20 almonds)
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup currants
  • 2 - 4 Tbsp unbleached organic cane sugar or maple syrup. Substitute stevia if desired.
  • 6 whole green cardamom pods
  • 2 inch piece cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract OR 1 whole vanilla bean
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  1. Blanche almonds: Add to boiling water. Turn off heat and let sit for 1 minute. Drain and add cold water until almonds are cool. Slip off the skins
  2. Blend blanched almonds with 1/2 cup of the milk until smooth
  3. Combine all ingredients in a 6 quart saucepan
  4. For a thicker pudding, start with 3 cups of milk and add more as needed. Remember it will thicken up as it cools.
  5. Bring rice pudding ingredients to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer.
  6. Mash any lumps out of the rice with a spatula or wooden spoon
  7. Cover and cook rice pudding for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the rice pudding has thickened to desired consistency
  8. Rice pudding will thicken more as it cools, so don't overcook it
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Remove cardamom pods & vanilla bean before serving. Serve warm or chilled. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Nut Allergy Version of the Rice Pudding Recipe: We've used almond milk for vegan rice pudding, but you could also use rice milk. Add 1/4 cup powdered tapioca instead of ground almonds.

Rice pudding is ideal to take along to a pot luck, work, or school, serve to guests, for a family dessert, breakfast or snack. It's a great way to use up left-over rice, and multiplies beautifully.

On the off chance that you have some left over, rice pudding keeps well in the fridge.

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