Nothing beats a homemade pudding made with love. This Creamy Vegan Rice Pudding is like a comforting hug on a gloomy day. It is easy to make and requires only a few ingredients_ rice, almond milk, coconut milk, and sugar. It’s gluten-free, dairy free, and easily customizable!
Enjoy for breakfast or dessert. Top with a scoop of homemade strawberry jam and a sprinkle of cinnamon for extra decadence. This rice pudding tastes divine whether hot or cold. Everyone will love it, regardless if they are vegan or not!
Creamy Vegan Rice Pudding
Dairy Free & Egg Free
Rice pudding is a dessert that is enjoyed all over the world and can be made on the stovetop or in the oven. It traditionally contains dairy products, including milk and sometimes eggs, making the dish off-limits to vegans.
What makes this Creamy Vegan Rice Pudding recipe special is that it is dairy-free, egg-free, and uses almond milk, making it not only vegan, but also lower in fat. Vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar give this dessert sweet and warming flavors.
If you’ve never made rice pudding before, this is the perfect recipe for you to try. It’s not only delicious, but it’s also very easy to make.
Why I Love this Recipe
This almond rice pudding gives me warm and cozy feelings. I enjoy it for breakfast or dessert. A big dollop of strawberry jam gives this sweet bowl a winning touch.
This easy vegan rice pudding is:
- A kid favorite that can be whipped up in minutes
- Simple with only 5 ingredients
- Dairy free
- Naturally gluten free
- So easy to customize with endless flavor variations
- Perfect for any occasion, especially the holidays!
A Sweet and Cozy Dessert
What is a Rice Pudding?
Rice pudding appears to be popular in almost every country around the world. How many different combinations are there if the main ingredients are rice and milk? A lot.
Some recipes include eggs or even butter, while others do not. Various types of milk are used in various recipes (from dairy to non-dairy from full-fat to thin).
The spices used (cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, anise, saffron, and so on) and flavors added vary between recipes (vanilla, chocolate, nuts, rose water, caramel, lemon, orange, and so on). Some recipes require baking, while others are cooked on the stovetop.
Such a Nostalgic Treat!
Ingredients to Make the Best Rice Pudding
To make this vegan rice pudding recipe, you only need several ingredients that you probably have in your pantry.
Rice: Short grain rice is best for making pudding because it is naturally more creamy. However, medium or long grain rice also work.
Almond milk: Almond milk is a great dairy-free milk with a mild nutty flavor and a creamy consistency. It’s a great substitute for dairy.
Coconut milk: Coconut milk gives this pudding a rich, creamy consistency.
Sugar: To sweeten this pudding. You can use any sweetener you want, such as maple syrup or agave, but white sugar will keep your pudding the whitest. (You can adjust the amount of sugar to your liking.)
Vanilla Extract: for flavor
Coconut Milk Vs. Almond Milk
Coconut milk is made from the white flesh of mature brown coconuts. It has a rich, creamy texture and a thick consistency.
This milk is commonly used in Thai and other Southeast Asian cuisines. It’s also popular in Hawaii, India, and some South and Caribbean countries.
Coconut milk is high in calories and saturated fat. It also contains many other nutrients.
Almond milk is a nutritious, dairy-free, vegan drink that has grown in popularity over the years.
Because almond milk has a mild flavor, many people prefer it to other plant-based milk alternatives. It can be used as a substitute for dairy milk, so it may appear in coffee, oatmeal, or baking recipes.
Fortified versions of milk can be a good source of vitamins A, D, and E, as well as calcium, and are a versatile healthy alternative to dairy milk.
The Perfect Dessert for Any Occasion
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
No! This recipe does not require the use of eggs. This recipe produces rice pudding that is just as creamy and rich as it would be if eggs were used.
You can make some and keep it in the fridge for 1–2 days. The pudding can then be served cold or reheated on the stove. If you choose to warm it on the stove, add more almond milk to help thin out the pudding as it heats. It will thicken as it cools down.
You can store this rice pudding in the freezer for up to 3 months. Then, when you want to eat it, put it in the fridge overnight to thaw. You can eat it cold, or warm it on the stove or in the microwave.
You can top it with many different things, such as fruit, jam, blueberries, chocolate, walnuts or raisins. I like to top mine with some strawberry jam.
Super Creamy and Dreamy
You can use different white rice varieties, but I recommend short grain rice.
You can add dried fruit such as raisins, dried cranberries, chopped dates, dried mango, dried pineapple, or dried papaya for extra decadence.
Use a heavy bottomed pot when making this pudding. A heavy-bottomed pot will help your rice cook evenly and without burning.
You can make this recipe with just almond milk. However, I recommend using some coconut milk because it makes the pudding creamier.
Cook the rice pudding slowly and wait until the almond milk is almost completely absorbed by the rice before adding more.
Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the nondairy milk you are using.
Vegan Rice Pudding Ingredients
- short grain rice
- coconut milk
- almond milk
- vanilla extract
- strawberry jam /warmed
- fruit of choice
- cinnamon (optional)
Steps to Prep
First, to a medium pot add the short grain rice and water. Bring to a boil, then quickly lower heat to simmer for 5 min or until rice is soft and has absorbed the water.
After that, pour in the almond milk. Shake the can of coconut milk then pour it in. Add in the sugar, cinnamon and vanilla.
Finally, mix ingredients together and stir consistently. Once the milk has come to a boil for 5 minutes, off the heat, cover the pot with the lid and set aside for 15 minutes. At this point it will be creamy. The rice would have absorbed some of the milk.
Enjoy warm topped with warmed jam of choice and add your favorite fruit. I used strawberry jam. You can also chill the pudding and enjoy it cold.
Vegans and Non-vegans Alike Will Love this Pudding
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Creamy Vegan Rice Pudding (Dairy & Gluten Free)
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup short grain rice
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 can (13.5 oz) coconut milk
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- strawberry jam warmed
- fruit of choice
- cinnamon optional
- To a medium pot add the short grain rice and water. Bring to a boil then quickly lower heat to simmer for 5 min or until rice is soft and has absorbed the water.
- Pour in the almond milk. Shake the can of coconut milk then pour it in. Add in the sugar, cinnamon and vanilla.
- Mix ingredients together and stir consistently. Once the milk has come to a boil for 5 minutes, off the heat, cover the pot with the lid and set aside for 15 minutes. At this point it will be creamy. The rice would have absorbed some of the milk.
- Enjoy warm topped with warmed jam of choice and add your favorite fruit . I used strawberry jam. You can also chill the pudding and enjoy it cold.
This is so delicious! I’m enjoying a bowl right now and it tastes very close to my mom’s rice pudding.
This recipe was great! My vegan family loved it especially my little ones
This is the first vegan rice pudding I have ever eaten (and the first I have ever made!) and it tastes just as good as traditional non vegan rice pudding mom used to make. Thank u
Hey there! Glad to see that you tried my vegan rice pudding and liked it. I am not vegan but I enjoy making this recipe since it is dairy free and we like to take breaks from dairy and meat in my home 2x per week! Thanks for stopping by.
Made this today for my son. He’s lactose intolerant and he loved it so much. Will try your almond milk pancakes also. Many thanks
I agree! It is heavenly! Thank you for leaving your review!
Thanks lama. Made this with real milk and it was sooo creamy and delicious
Just made this (used jasmine rice) and my husband and I ate it for dinner! It’s so flavorful and tastes divine… perfect for cold winter days!
Alice K says
My new addiction ❤
I’m in love with this pudding
🙂 One of my favorites and I am not vegan!
Made this for my kids with whole milk. They loved it and I did too.
When the kids love it us moms are happy!! YAY!
Thumbs up for this recipe! Creamy and full of flavor
Thanks a lot for the recipe. We’re on a gluten free diet and this dessert is very delicious. The whole family loves it