Healthy Rice Pudding

Chef: Erica Podlowski
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 cup whole milk or coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons sweetener (maple syrup, honey, sugar or 3 medjool dates)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract (optional)
  • 1/2- 1 teaspoon spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg.
  • Fresh or dried fruits, nuts and/or seeds (optional)


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the rice, milk, sugar and salt.
  2. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat until thickened, stirring often, about 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla or almond extract. Portion into dishes. Serve warm or refrigerate.
  4. If desired, top with cinnamon, nutmeg, fresh or dried fruits and/or seeds


*How do you thicken rice pudding?

Rice pudding will thicken as it cools, but if you prefer your pudding thicker, you can whisk in a beaten egg (or a tablespoon of chia seeds or ground flax) while the pudding is warming and continue cooking until it’s thickened.

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