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Almond Milk Rice Pudding

This Almond Milk Rice Pudding is an easy and delicious Middle Eastern dessert recipe that's dairy-free, egg-free & gluten-free - healthy take on a classic
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 32 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 178kcal
Author: Yumna Jawad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup short-grain rice
  • 3 tablespoons cane sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon rose water
  • Pomegranate for serving
  • Pistachios for serving
  • Coconut for serving
  • Ground cinnamon for serving

Instructions

  • Rinse the rice under running water until the water runs clear.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the rinsed rice, cane sugar, salt and 1 cup of the almond milk. Cook over medium low heat, stirring, until the almond milk is absorbed, about 5 minutes.
  • Gradually add 5 more cups of almond milk, 1 cup at a time, stirring and cooking until the texture becomes very thick, about 25-30 minutes. The mixture will start out watery, but the rice will absorb all the liquid until it is thick and creamy.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes, then stir in the rose water.
  • Serve with pistachios, pomegranate, coconut and cinnamon, if desired.

Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 7 days in the fridge. It's best not to add the toppings though until ready to serve since they may soften in the fridge.
Freezing Instructions: Allow to cool, then transfer to individually-portioned freezer safe containers and freeze for up to 3 months.
Sourcing: You can find rose at Middle Eastern markets, natural-foods stores or even in large supermarkets, often located with other Middle Eastern ingredients. If you can't find it, you can substitute vanilla extract or almond extract.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However you can replace the cane sugar with honey, maple syrup or other sweetener. And you can replace the almond milk with regular milk. I have not tried this with other types of rice though.
Equipment: I served the rice pudding in these adorable weck tulip jars (Amazon affiliate link)
Nutritional Data: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.

Nutrition

Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 325mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Calcium: 300mg | Iron: 1mg