Dairy-free Rice Pudding

I sit here writing this as I run back and forth to the bathroom. TMI? Then maybe just skip ahead to the recipe below. If not, and if you follow me on Instagram, you know that my gut has been acting up. I have a history of gut issues (that I will not explain here and now...but can in the future if you're interested) that has lead me to be getting a colonoscopy today. Colonoscopy prep "approved foods" on top of my current low fodmap diet left a bit to be desired, but I totally made it work AND had some fun with it. That being said, this turned out being a no grain except white rice week, so I immediately got to craving rice pudding (literally never craved rice pudding haha) to replace grain + yogurt bowls // typical sweets. This recipe could totally be made with brown rice and in fact, I will probably update the below when I test it out. So stay tuned!

Ingredients // Pantry List:

  • Arborio rice
  • Almond milk (or cashew milk // dairy-free milk of choice)
  • Fresh ginger root
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Maple syrup
  • Toppings of choice!

Instructions:

  • Rinse 1 cup of raw arborio rice
  • Combine rinsed rice with 3 cups of nut milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil
  • Add about 1/2 tablespoon of freshly minced ginger root (ginger powder will work in a pinch), give it a good stir, throw a lid on it and let it simmer for 25-30 mins or until rice is soft (guessing 40-50 with brown rice)
  • Uncover and stir in 1 teaspoon of real vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon (add 1/4 cup of maple syrup here if you want your pudding sweet, I like mine on the savory side and simply drizzle a bit on my individual portion)
  • Serve warm or chilled with the toppings of your choice! I used bananas and orange zest, and finished it off with a drizzle of maple syrup and a touch of fresh almond milk.

This pudding recipe is something that I am definitely going to continue to play with. It's so easy to throw together and so comforting, especially on a cold night. Stay tuned for updates when the brown rice version is made and tested. Also, feeling like this could be awesome with other gluten-free grains...millet or amaranth anyone?! 

Enjoy in good health!

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