Vegan Almond Rice Pudding - Easy

There are some days when there is no interesting recipe amongst the 130 food blogs I research daily (see this post on how I keep track of them all yet stay mostly sane).  Other times, such as today, I find as many as four of interest.  The one which I actually had most of the ingredients for a change was for an almond rice pudding.   What makes this pudding different from all other puddings (sorry, channeling wrong holiday) is that it specifically calls for no eggs and no milk/cream.

Wait ... aren't those 2 little ingredients like a major part of rice pudding?  Won't the result taste kinda ... I dunno ... AWFUL?

Wrong, wrong, wrong!  This rice pudding holds its own.  Almond milk is not very high in fat, despite originating from a high-fat nut, and the flavor is surprisingly mild.  Cooked down, it gives the pudding a very creamy taste and yummy mouth-feel.  You, your hips and your cholesterol count won't miss the dairy at all.

Vegan Almond Rice Pudding
adapted from Whole Foods
makes 4-6 small servings

4 cups unsweetened plain almond milk
1 cup uncooked rice
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. table salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries (or raisins)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
sliced almonds, to garnish
non-dairy whipped topping to garnish (optional)

Pour almond milk into a 2-quart saucepan. Add rice.

Stir in sugar and salt.

Heat until the mixture begins to boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered for 25-30 minutes.

Stir occasionally, but don't leave the mixture unattended, in case it starts to foam up and possibly boil over.

As the mixture begins to thicken, the bubbles will start to get larger.  When it starts looking like this, it's almost done.  Stir, and when it's thick enough to your liking, it's done.  Remove from heat.

Stir in dried cranberries ...

...vanilla and almond extracts ...

... and cinnamon.  Be sure to measure out the cinnamon and not be a wise guy and attempt to sprinkle it on directly from the container, because too much will pour out. It always does.  Someday I will learn.   Luckily, cinnamon is very healthy and delicious.

Spoon into individual serving cups.  Sprinkle with almonds.  Spritz with non-dairy topping, if desired.  Serve warm.


Shivangi said…
Hey Dena:

Can this be made with rice milk? My son is allgergic to nuts.
dena said…
Sure! Since you will also leave out the almond extract, taste the finished pudding to see if it needs an extra 1/2 tsp. of vanilla. Enjoy!
Anonymous said…
This was a terrible recipe. The rice took for ever to cook in the almond milk. I really thought this was going to be a great recipe. The rice cooked for over a hour and was still not done. The flavors tasted fine but the texture of the rice was terrible.
dena said…
Sorry to hear that you had problems cooking the rice, Anonymous. Is it possible that your rice was "stale? or that you accidentally left the pot cover on?

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