Creamy (Vegan!) Rice Pudding

I’m finally putting my new Nikon D5100 to use. Yay!!!

Sorry (ahem)…that aside…

This is one of those dishes that is the ultimate comfort food, and yet so good for you that I’ve been able to have it (many, many times!) on my current cleanse.

I love rice pudding, but it has to be made right. I love it the way that I have had it at Indian restaurants, creamy, warm, sweet. You can of course also have it cold, so it’s a pretty versatile dessert.

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I had a basic recipe in mind but, with uncanny timing, our neighbour kindly brought over some rice pudding she had been making, just as a thoughtful gesture. She is Indian and it was made the traditional Indian way, full of flavour and fragrant with spices.

When I returned the container to her, I immediately asked her secrets, which I then incorporated into my recipe to make this beauty.

This is so healthy, it can also be a breakfast of course. A nice alternative to oatmeal. Vegan, gluten-free and delicious. What more can you ask for?

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Creamy (Vegan!) Rice Pudding

INGREDIENTS (easily serves 6):

1 cup rice of your choice (I used jasmine but short-grain works best)
1 tbsp Earth Balance butter
3 cups unsweetened almond milk (I used Almond Breeze)
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp cardamom
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Dash of nutmeg
Lemon juice (if needed)


1. In a saucepan, soak rice in water for 15 minutes or so.

2. Drain the rice and fry it in the butter for a few minutes.

3. Add almond milk and bring to a boil, then turn heat down to very low and leave for 1 hour.

4. Add maple syrup, cardamom, cinnamon, salt, vanilla and nutmeg. Leave to cook for another half hour. If it needs more milk you can add it here, but if you had the heat low enough it should be fine.

5. Remove from heat and taste. If it tastes too sweet add lemon juice; if not leave out and serve. You can top with flaked almonds as I did, or any other topping of choice.

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Nutritional information per serving if serves 6:

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  1. Great picture! 🙂 Looks like a great recipe….I have always loved rice pudding, but have never really wanted to make it. This looks like a super easy recipe!

    • Thank you! This was my first time really playing with the f-stop (depth of field) on my new camera. I don’t have a low f-stop lens so it isn’t as shallow a depth of field as I would like but it did the trick. Thank you for noticing!

  2. Looks really good and a fun switch up from oats for sure!

    Happy Weekend love!

  3. Love rice pudding!! I had make me some awhile ago, and fell in a love with it! It’s such a great dish. Yours looks fantastic and love that it’s vegan! Have a great Friday!!

  4. I wish I had a neighbor that brought me over complimentary rice pudding! The only thing I get from my neighbors are squawking bird noises in the middle of the night 😦

    • We’re lucky for sure. She’s just the sweetest lady. She lives with her son and daughter-in-law who are about my age and they’re all kind. She brought us two bottles of beer on NY Eve to celebrate too! And lately an Indian rice and lentil dish that I have to go and ask her for the recipe of, because it was just amazing.

  5. Looks yummy!

  6. My husband had always talked about his mom making him “sweet rice” for breakfast. Maybe this is what he’s talking about. I need to give it a try for him!

  7. yum! I love that she shared her secrets with you 🙂 Good neighbours are a fabulous thing!

    • We’re lucky! We just moved last September and our next-door neighbours before that are still such great friends of ours that we go out to dinner all the time. So I’m so glad we found nice neighbours in our new place too!

  8. Love the work of your camera! 🙂 Takes great pictures!!
    This rice pudding looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it out! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Look delicious! I’ve never made rice pudding before but i have had it before! Love how healthy your recipe is! 🙂

  10. I loooove rice pudding! This looks favulous…& I love how you garnished it with slivered almonds 🙂 gorgeous

  11. You my friend make the best recipes and eat like a queen, but you’re killing me with the grains that make my mouth water to no end…sigh. Bookmarking for when I have radiant skin and have grains again!


  12. I just found through iheartwellness. You have such a beautiful blog! I hope you have lots of fun with your new camera. I use the iphone for most of my photos, but end up borrowing my boyfriend’s Nikon when I need a food photo to look ravishing.

    Have a great Sunday!

  13. I am so excited about this recipe, Anna! I have long been a lover of rice pudding, but have never found a vegan recipe that did it justice. This looks like it does, though! So excited to try this out.

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