Rice Pudding (Arroz Con Leche)

Rice pudding, or Arroz Con Leche, is a culinary masterpiece that seamlessly blends the creamy richness of coconut with the aromatic dance of spices. This dessert stands out not just for its exquisite taste but also for being a healthier alternative, free from refined sugar.

Why You’ll Love Rice Pudding

  • Healthier Indulgence: With the substitution of date sugar for traditional brown sugar, this rice pudding offers a guilt-free indulgence for those seeking a healthier dessert option.
  • Creamy Coconut Twist: The addition of coconut cream brings a velvety, tropical flair to the dish, elevating its taste to a whole new level of deliciousness.
  • Aromas that Delight: The blend of ground cinnamon and a hint of nutmeg not only imparts warm, comforting aromas but also enhances the overall flavor profile of the pudding.
  • Versatile Toppings: Customize your rice pudding experience with a variety of toppings like whipped cream, chopped walnuts, fried fruit, fresh fruit (mango pairs exceptionally well), or a dollop of yogurt.
  • Easy and Quick: This recipe is a breeze to make, taking only a few simple steps and minimal prep time.

What You Need To Make Rice Pudding

  • Large pot
  • Stirring spoon
  • Measuring cups/spoons

Ingredients You Need To Make Rice Pudding

  • Coconut cream
  • Milk
  • Basmati rice
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Date sugar (or brown sugar)
  • Raisins
  • Vanilla extract

Substitutions + Alternatives

Can I use regular dairy?

Feel free to make this recipe your own. I use dairy-free milk, but feel welcome to choose your preferred dairy option without any recipe adjustments. Unless specified otherwise, you have the flexibility to use the milk of your choice for the recipe.

Note: While almond milk is an option, it is less preferred due to its liquid consistency. Consider opting for a milk alternative with a thicker texture.

How To Make Rice Pudding

  1. In a large pot over medium-low heat, melt the coconut cream completely.
  2. Add milk, vanilla, date sugar (or brown sugar), cinnamon, nutmeg, and rice. Mix well.
  3. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring continually, until thickened and rice is plump, approximately 20-30 minutes.
  4. Once thickened, mix in the raisins and serve.

Commonly Asked Questions

Can I use regular sugar instead of date sugar?

Absolutely! Feel free to use regular sugar as a substitute for date sugar if you prefer a more traditional sweetness.

Can I add different fruits to the pudding?

Certainly! Experiment with your favorite fruits; mango, in particular, complements the coconut flavor beautifully.

Is this recipe suitable for lactose intolerance?

You can easily make this recipe lactose-free by using dairy-free alternatives for milk.

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes, rice pudding can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Warm it up before serving.

Rice Pudding (Arroz Con Leche)

This Arroz Con Leche, featuring creamy coconut and aromatic spices, offers a delightful, comforting dessert experience without refined sugar.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Rice Pudding
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 363kcal

Equipment

  • large pot
  • Stirring spoon
  • Measuring cups/spoons

Ingredients

  • 14 oz coconut cream
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • cup date sugar substitute for brown sugar
  • cup raisins
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Optional Toppings

  • Whipped cream
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Chopped fried fruit
  • Fresh fruit pairs well with mango
  • Yogurt

Instructions

  • In a large pot over medium-low heat, melt the coconut cream completely.
  • Add milk, vanilla, date sugar (or brown sugar), cinnamon, nutmeg, and rice. Mix well.
  • Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring continually, until thickened and rice is plump, approximately 20-30 minutes.
  • Once thickened, mix in the raisins and serve.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 422mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 198IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 1mg
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This delightful dessert will not only satisfy your sweet cravings but does so with a healthier twist. The creamy coconut, aromatic spices, and the absence of refined sugar make this rice pudding a standout option for anyone looking to enjoy a guilt-free, yet decadent, treat. Quick to make and versatile in toppings, it’s the perfect sweet finale to any meal or a delightful snack any time of day. Elevate your dessert game with the irresistible charm of Arroz Con Leche!

2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I happened to have a random can of coconut cream taking residence on my pantry shelf when I came upon this rice pudding recipe. Perfect! It is such a creamy rice pudding with just the right hint of spices! I love using basmati rice as it has a nice chew to it and a nutty flavor. And yes, I added raisins, because I truly believe they have a place in rice pudding. To me this tastes like an upgraded version of a classic rice pudding and I’m here for it!

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