Rice pudding is a creamy, comforting dessert that’s also great for breakfast or a snack. You can easily make this from scratch using non-dairy milk of your choice. I like using soy milk because it adds more protein than other plant milk. For more protein and creaminess, try EdenSoy unsweetened.
Coconut milk is another popular choice but is not recommended on a plant-based diet because it contains some saturated fat. If you have leftover rice, that’s work great for this vegan rice pudding recipe, as well.
When preparing rice, I’m careful to rinse it thoroughly under running water because, in case you haven’t heard, rice contains some trace amounts of arsenic. Check out my article, “The Low-Down on Arsenic in Rice,” if you’d like more information. Then you’ll add all of the ingredients into the saucepan and cook until the rice is tender.
Be sure to watch it carefully because I’ve noticed that rice tends to bubble up to the lid and sometimes spillover. A few quick stirs periodically should keep that from happening.
If you aren’t a fan of chia spices, you can leave out the cardamom and allspice and it’ll be just as good. And, you can choose your favorite sweetener or sugar substitute. The recipe uses maple syrup, but coconut or date sugar works, as does date syrup.
The toppings really make this dessert special. I like to top it with fresh berries and walnuts, but you can choose your favorites. How about banana or mango or tangy yogurt?
Because this recipe is made with brown rice and chai spices, it has a warmer color than white rice would. I like making rice pudding from scratch because the creamy milk gets infused into the rice, but if you already have leftover rice, here’s how to make it.
Add 2 cups of leftover rice to a saucepan over medium heat. Add, 1 + 1/2 cup milk, the vanilla, spices and sweetener, and cook, uncovered, for about 20 minutes until the pudding thickens. Stir frequently. If the rice starts to get to dry, add up to 1/2 cup more milk.
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