To me, rice pudding has always felt like one of those foods on the school cafeteria dessert menu that didn’t really feel like dessert or a treat. It was always gelatinous looking and tasted as if it came out of a can or box. It wasn’t until several years ago when my mother-in-law told me about her passion for homemade rice pudding that I considered making it myself. I was in culinary school at the time, so it felt like a fun challenge. My mother-in-law loves it creamy with a sweet vanilla taste, so I aimed to please and she approved of the result.
Now that we offer Kenya dessert once in a while, we try to give him things that will satisfy his sweet tooth, but are also healthy and nutritious. This rice pudding recipe, which is a weelicious spin on my other version, is heaven. It’s so easy to make and you can easily double the recipe to feed a crowd or just to have some in the fridge all week — though every time I make this, it doesn’t last that long.
Creamy Rice Pudding
- 3 1/2 Cups Milk (you can use rice or almond milk to make this dairy free)
- 1/2 Cup Short Grained Rice (or Arborio)
- 1/2 Vanilla Bean or 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 Tbsp agave
This is a huge improvement over my version which is take leftover plain brown rice, add milk and sugar, microwave until warm. Same ingredients, much better flavor and consistency. Who knew?
I have a Banana Quinoa “Rice” Pudding that is super yummy! http://b12.ba4.myftpupload.com/2012/02/15/banana-quinoa-rice-pudding/
Hi ~! i made this today and it was soooo goood ! are there any other types of rice puddings that i can make ?
I think that will depend on your rice cooker. If you can make sure it doesn’t boil for too long (and burn the milk) then I think it would work! Maybe keep it on the low setting and cook for a bit longer?
could you use a rice cooker rather then stove top?
I buy my vanilla beans from our local health foods store or any other grocery store. You can find it near all the spices.
Where do you buy your vanilla beans from and how much do the cost you?
Take a look at another recipe we did, its called Leftover Rice Pudding, we use brown rice and you can substitute the agave for honey! 🙂 http://b12.ba4.myftpupload.com/2010/01/27/leftover-rice-pudding/
Do you know of a good rice pudding recipe that uses brown rice, and maybe honey as a sweetener?