This healthier version of traditional rice pudding features fiber-rich brown rice, low-fat 1% milk, and a mere 4 tablespoons of unrefined sweetener.
Warm cinnamon, fragrant vanilla, and plumped dried cherries accent the creamy rice pudding, which is sure to fulfill your craving for a comforting dessert or hearty breakfast.
This rice pudding is delicious at room temperature, chilled, or reheated with an extra splash of milk. It requires a bit of “babysitting” during the cooking process, but the end result is well worth the time spent hovering near the stove. Do as I did and bring some reading material into the kitchen with you, so you can easily keep an eye on the bubbling milk & rice mixture. Stirring the mixture not only ensures that the milk won’t burn, but it also helps to release the starch in the brown rice – which yields an extra creamy consistency (think of risotto).
|Name||Brown Rice Pudding Recipe|
|Prep Time||5 minutes|
|Cooking Time||1 hour|
|Total Time||1 hour and 5 minutes|
When it comes to sweeteners, this recipe is very flexible. I initially intended to use two tablespoons each of brown rice syrup and honey, but discovered a nearly-empty brown rice syrup jar in the cupboard. You could sub in pure maple syrup, molasses, Sucanat, evaporated cane juice, or granulated sugar of your choice. Some of these sweeteners obviously have bolder flavors than others, but all would nicely compliment the nutty brown rice.
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup short-grain brown rice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 cups 1% milk
- 1 Tbsp brown rice syrup
- 3 Tbsp honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- generous 1/2 cup dried fruit of choice
Rinse and Cook the Brown Rice
Start by rinsing the brown rice under cold water until the water runs clear. This helps remove excess starch. In a medium saucepan, combine the rinsed rice and 2 cups of milk. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover. Simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the rice is tender and the liquid is mostly absorbed. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
Add sugar and space
Once the rice is tender, add the granulated sugar, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and salt. Stir well to combine. If you like a sweeter pudding, you can adjust the sugar to your taste.
Simmer and Thicken
Continue to cook the mixture over low heat, stirring frequently, for another 10-15 minutes until it thickens. If you’re using raisins, add them now. They will plump up beautifully in the pudding.
Remove the saucepan from heat and let it cool slightly. The pudding will continue to thicken as it cools. If it seems too thick, you can add a little more milk to achieve your desired consistency.
Spoon the warm brown rice pudding into individual serving bowls. If you like, sprinkle a pinch of ground nutmeg on top for a classic touch.
Estimated Nutrition Per Serving
Please note that the provided nutrition information is approximate and can vary based on specific ingredients and serving sizes.