Easy Brown Rice Pudding

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Instantly warm up chilly winter days with a bowl of cozy brown rice pudding. This naturally vegan recipe is delightfully cinnamon-spiced and comes together with just 6 wholesome ingredients.

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Once the temps drop below freezing, it’s rice pudding season here in the midwest. If you aren’t familiar with traditional rice pudding, you’re in for a treat today! Homemade brown rice pudding is thick, slightly sweet, creamy, and warms you up from the inside out! It’s like a second cousin to oatmeal – especially when made with a whole grain like brown rice. Often enjoyed for dessert, we love rice pudding for breakfast or an afternoon pick-me-up, too.

This wholesome stovetop brown rice pudding is made in about an hour (lots of hands-off time) with simple ingredients and without any refined sugars. Here at Fit Foodie, we love cinnamon – if you do, too, we recommend increasing the amount to 2 teaspoons for even more warm, cozy flavor. Our naturally plant-based recipe is also gluten free, making this a versatile sweet that everyone loves!

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“Easy recipe to follow and we loved the results. We added a small handful of raisins at the 45 minute mark, and they added a nice texture and sweetness. We love cinnamon, and will increase the amount for the next batch.” – Ryan

What is in brown rice pudding?

All you need are just a few pantry staples to make this simple recipe:

  • Brown rice (we used long grain)
  • Almond milk
  • Maple syrup
  • Salt
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon

Brown Rice Pudding Variations

Rice pudding is a very forgiving recipe and works well with any of these substitutions:

Rice: Use the same amount of white rice instead of brown rice.

Milk: Instead of almond milk, use any kind of plant-based or regular milk. Oat milk would add a delicious creaminess and sweetness.

Maple Syrup: Feel free to use honey instead, but the pudding would no longer be vegan.

Spices: Increase the amount of cinnamon or mix things up by adding homemade pumpkin pie spice or a chai spice mix.

FAQ

Do you serve rice pudding for breakfast or dessert?

Rice pudding is typically a dessert, but this recipe could totally pass for breakfast! Top with berries or a sliced banana, nuts, and a drizzle of maple syrup for a wholesome breakfast.

Is rice pudding gluten free?

Yes, this is a naturally gluten free (and dairy free/vegan) recipe!

How do you thin out rice pudding?

Rice pudding is supposed to be pretty thick. Once cooked, if it’s too thick for your liking, add 1-2 tablespoons of additional milk at a time until you reach the desired consistency.

Storage

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. It’s a great meal-prep snack or dessert to make on the weekend and enjoy all week long!

Freezing Brown Rice Pudding

Let the rice pudding cool to room temperature, transfer to freezer-safe containers (we like to freeze this in individual servings), and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and warm before enjoying – you may need to stir in a splash of almond milk to thin the pudding out a bit.

Serving Suggestions

Serve brown rice pudding hot with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and a splash of almond milk. If you’re eating this recipe for breakfast, I suggest swirling in a nut butter (like cashew butter or peanut butter) and adding a handful of raisins or nuts.

4.38 from 8 votes

Easy Brown Rice Pudding

Warm and cozy brown rice pudding is delicious any time of day. Enjoy it for breakfast, a midday snack, or dessert!
By: Lee Hersh
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Servings: 4
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Ingredients 

  • 1 cup long grain brown rice
  • 4 cups unsweetened almond milk, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup*

Instructions 

  • Place the brown rice, 3 cups of almond milk, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and maple syrup in a medium pot set over medium/high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a lid. Let simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the remaining cup of milk and simmer for another 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is soft and chewy.
  • Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon and optional almond milk.

Tips & Notes

  • Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Freezing Instructions: Once cool, transfer rice pudding to freezer-safe containers, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and warm before enjoying – you may need to stir in a splash of almond milk to thin the pudding out a bit. 
  • Maple Syrup: Use 1-2 more tablespoons of maple syrup for sweeter rice pudding. Feel free to use honey instead, but the pudding would no longer be vegan.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 /4, Calories: 224 kcal, Carbohydrates: 44 g, Protein: 4 g, Fat: 4 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 10 g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Lee is the founder of Fit Foodie Finds and based in Minneapolis, MN. She started this website in 2010 as a way to share her love for real food and wellness. The internet has changed so much since then and so has Fit Foodie Finds. Today we're a female-run recipe website publishing hundreds of tried and true recipes developed and tested by our team.

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September 19, 2013 8:37 pm

Rice pudding is one of my favorite desserts, but I rarely ever have it because of the dairy overload. I love that this version uses almond milk and it’s healthier. Look forward to trying!

September 18, 2013 8:44 pm

This is one of my favorite things to make with leftover brown rice. Sometimes I add a little cardamom too or use full fat coconut milk to make it extra rich and creamy. This just seriously gave me a craving since it’s chilly here today!

Lauren
September 18, 2013 1:11 pm

Lee,
What kind of rice cooker do you use/recommend? I’m looking for a good one!

sjpapmom
September 18, 2013 7:26 am

I would omit sugar and add stevia and raisins, craisins, chopped prunes or chopped dates for sweetness. Drugstore.com sells a convenient squeezable liquid stevia.

September 17, 2013 10:05 pm

Man, I need to get a rice cooker! Does this taste like oatmeal at all?

September 17, 2013 9:36 pm

I just tried rice pudding for the first time not too long again. I never understood what all the fuss was about until I tried it… amazing! I can’t wait to make this recipe!

September 17, 2013 5:49 pm

I just love the food pictures on your blog. They make almost anything look so delicious!

September 17, 2013 5:33 pm

Looks so comforting!!! 😀

September 17, 2013 5:31 pm

Random question: What software/app do you use to add captions to your pictures?!

Oh and this recipe looks flipping deeeeelicious. Anything warm and creamy is like crack to me. Ha!

September 20, 2013 2:57 pm
Reply to  Lee Funke

Thanks a bunch! 🙂

September 17, 2013 5:06 pm

I think I definitely need a rice cooker! This recipe looks so delicious and I’ve always wanted to try rice pudding for breakfast.