A dessert doesn’t get much easier than this, folks! Put away the eggs and forget the whole milk, heavy cream, or condensed milk because this recipe is 100% vegan. It is every bit as creamy and rich as regular rice pudding, only this variation is dairy-free. It’s a comforting dessert that people used to enjoy as children, but that rice pudding you used to know probably wasn’t made with oat milk or cashew milk.
The reason that this rice pudding does not call for almond milk or soy milk is because oat milk is wonderfully creamy. If you have a gluten sensitivity, consider replacing oat milk with cashew milk, as that has a lovely, creamy consistency. If you have an aversion to store bought nut or grain milks, feel free to make your own. In fact, we have recipes for both oat milk and cashew milk in our recipe section.
Although the recipe only calls for three ingredients, you have the freedom to add more if you want to enhance or customize the flavor. Include grade A maple syrup, vanilla extract, a pinch of sea salt, raisins, or even cocoa powder. The core recipe only calls for short grain rice, oat milk, and a cinnamon stick, which you can replace with some cardamom pods, depending on your flavor preference. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon or a swirl of vanilla extract to add a floral note to this lovely vegan dessert. Let us know if it compares to the real thing!
- Prep Time:5m
- Cook Time:40m
- Total Time:45m
For the Rice Pudding
- 5 c unsweetened oat milk (or cashew milk)
- 3 3/4 oz short grain rice (like arborio)
- 1 stick cinnamon (or a few cardamom pods)
Optional (but not needed)
- 1 tbsp. maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1/2 c raisins
- Pour the milk into a medium saucepan over medium heat and add the rice and cinnamon stick.
- Bring to a boil, stirring frequently to avoid the rice sticking to the bottom of the saucepan. Reduce to simmer over low heat for about 30-40 minutes.
- Make sure to stir the rice pudding every few minutes until the rice is tender and the consistency is like that of a pudding. At this point, you can fold in the optional ingredients if you want.
- Remove from heat and serve in small bowls or glasses. Serve it warm or cold and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon powder.