Desserts, Gluten Free and/or Paleo

Coconut Milk Rice Pudding

January 13, 2012
I’m not sure if most of you know this, but my husband and I lived in New York this summer.  I’ve mentioned before that my husband plays Professional Baseball.  {If you already know this, you can skim the next part of the explanation.  I don’t want to sound like a broken record.} This means that during the baseball season, which is 6 months out of the year, we are on the road traveling from team-to-team.  Last season we started out in Florida for Spring Training and then drove up to New York for the remainder of the season.  This means that for about 3 months, we rented an apartment in Brooklyn.  We quickly got accustomed to the New York lifestyle – staying up late and eating good food.


One night when we were getting pizza from Lomardi’s Pizza {Oh Lombardi’s how I miss your delicious thin crust delicious pizza}, we noticed this really modern looking dessert shop.  We walked inside and quickly realized it was a Rice Pudding Shop, called Rice to Riches.  They have a huge bar filled with different flavors of Rice Pudding – Cookies and Cream, Strawberry, Rocky Road, Tiramisu, and much more.

Only in New York can you go to a whole shop dedicated to rice pudding.

Ever since that moment, my love for rice pudding has grew even larger.  It’s a decadent dessert that we don’t have often, but when we do, it is a true treat.

Earlier this week, my husband had a huge craving for Rice Pudding.  But instead of making the rice pudding with milk or cream, I thought I would try it out with Coconut Milk.  The outcome was much greater than I ever could have thought.  It’s just as creamy and decadent, and extremely delicious.

And don’t worry if you don’t like coconut, you don’t taste the coconut flavor at all.  Not one hint.

I added vanilla beans, vanilla extract, and cinnamon into the rice pudding, but feel free to add any type of flavorings you like.  Enjoy!

Bonus — This is naturally Gluten Free & Vegan.

Coconut Milk Rice Pudding
For Printable Recipe, Click here!

Makes: About 5 Servings; Each Serving being about ½ cup

1 cup Long Grain White Rice
1 can (Approx. 13.6 ounces) Coconut Milk, Full fat, not the Light Version
2 cups Water
4 Vanilla Beans, Scraped
2 tablespoons Pure Vanilla Extract
1 tablespoon Cinnamon
¼ cup Agave Nectar (or Honey)

In a medium saucepan, combine the rice, coconut milk, water, and seeds from the vanilla beans.  Cover and bring to a boil over medium heat.  Once it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed into the rice.  

Add the vanilla extract, cinnamon, and agave nectar and stir to combine.  Taste and add any extra vanilla extract or cinnamon according to your taste level.  

If serving hot, serve immediately.  It serving warm, let the rice pudding cool for about 10 minutes before serving.  If you prefer your rice pudding cold {like I do}, transfer the rice pudding to a bowl and place in the refrigerator to chill completely, about 30 minutes to 1 hour.  You can also speed up the chilling process by placing the rice pudding in the freezer.  
This rice pudding lasts up to 1 week in a sealed container in the refrigerator. 

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  • Averie @ LVAY January 13, 2012 at 11:56 am

    this looks so good!  I made coconut rice pudding and raisins about this time last year and blogged about just reminded me it’s been…a year..almost…and I need to remake it!  yours looks awesome.

  • Joanne January 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Rice to Riches is one of my FAVORITE dessert spots in the city! Totally addictive. I’m so glad you discovered it while you were here!  And I wish I had known you back then…we could have had SO much fun eating around the city!  Arrgh.

    Well, I’m a rice pudding addict and somehow have never made it with coconut milk.  What.Is.Wrong.With.Me.  I know what I want this weekend.

  • Alexis L Irvin January 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    yum!  ive been craving rice pudding lately!

  • Beth Michelle January 13, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Ah reading this makes me miss NY. I love Rice to Rices. SO good! I have yet to find a place in Israel that makes a rice pudding to compete with any from there!! Great recipe!

  • Julie at Table for Two January 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    a rice pudding bar?! that’s so awesome! i wish i had known about this when I went to NYC this past november!! this looks awesome, Krissy. Makes me want to try it TONIGHT!

  • Audra January 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    I LOVE Rice to Riches! It’s one of my absolute NYC faves, and this pudding looks amazing as well. I’ve actually never made rice pudding but that needs to change. Have a great weekend darlin!

  • Sprint2thetable January 13, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I had an Indian soupier version at a restaurant this week.  Love this lightened up version – I may try to recreate the Indian dish using your idea!  Thanks!!!

  • CrunchyCreamySweet January 13, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Krissy, this looks delicious! My kids love rice pudding but we haven’t try it with coconut milk yet. Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • Kiri W. January 13, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    All my life I’ve been a huge lover of rice pudding, and the same is true for coconut. I love that you put the two together 🙂 I bet that is the most delicious, subtly sweet rice pudding ever.

  • Sandra's Easy cooking January 14, 2012 at 5:29 am

    I love this idea..very very tasty looking, and coconut milk should give awesome flavor too!!!!
    Thanks for sharing..

  • beti January 14, 2012 at 6:18 am

    it looks really tasty! my rice pudding is always kinda bland but this recipe sounds great

  • Deborah January 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    In Denmark we have rice pudding for dessert Christmas Eve as a tradition. Ours though is cooked on milk and has whipped cream in too (so a very fat affair). We ad chopped almonds in it. And for a bit of extra fun we put in a whole almond for anyone to find. And the one who does get’s a present. That’s something that happens all over Denmark X-mas eve. It’s served with hot cherry sauce. Delicous. Never tried the above mentioned, but will give it a go. Only found your blog today, but will certainly come again.

  • jules January 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Amazing, just lookedd at the rice pudding site. I love rice pudding – this is on next week’s menu.

  • dashingdish January 16, 2012 at 1:54 am

    this looks divine! 🙂 

  • Krissy's Creations January 16, 2012 at 3:29 am

    You’ve got to try it with Coconut Milk, you’ll be surprised about how tasty it is!

  • Krissy's Creations January 16, 2012 at 3:30 am

    That definitely needs to change 🙂 — You’ve got to make it!

  • Krissy's Creations January 16, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Me neither!  I’ve yet to have a rice pudding as good as theirs 🙂

  • Krissy's Creations January 16, 2012 at 3:30 am

    So have I!

  • Krissy's Creations January 16, 2012 at 3:31 am

    So So So addictive!  I wish I knew you back then too!!

  • Krissy's Creations January 16, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Ooo I’ve seen raisins in Rice Pudding and I’ve always wants to give it a try 🙂

  • Krissy's Creations January 16, 2012 at 3:32 am

    When you go back to NYC you’ve got to try it!

  • Baker Street January 16, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Ooh! I love that cinnamon sprinkled on top! Your pudding looks divine. 

  • Cara January 17, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    I found that I needed to add a bit of sweetness to mine (it was really bland).  Ended up mixing in about 2-3 tablespoons of honey at the very end.  Delicious!

  • Krissy's Creations January 17, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Thanks Cara!  I add in 1/4 cup of Agave Nectar.  For some reason this isn’t showing in the recipe on the blog {only when you click on the recipe to print}.  I’ll have to change that.  Enjoy 🙂

  • amy donovan January 18, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    i have some leftover jasmine rice + was planning to make an indian-spiced rice pudding that is very similar to this. great minds think alike! =)

  • Jessienoelx February 7, 2012 at 12:07 am

    How long  should I wait for the rice to be absorbed? (: 

    This looks DELICIOUS! I can’t wait to try it. It look so creamy & rich.

  • Krissy's Creations February 7, 2012 at 3:35 am

    It should take no more than 1 hour.  Enjoy! 🙂

  • Court June 20, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I used a Japanese variety of rice and it turned out great!

  • denise July 22, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Just made this! Could not have been easier or more delicious! Thank you!! 

  • Girlgonegrits September 21, 2012 at 12:56 pm

     I was looking for a low glycemic rice pudding. Thank you so much this is exactly what I needed. I added some orange zest and a bit of fresh OJ. I’m taking it to a friend that just got out of surgery and needs a “soft” diet. This will be a real treat for her. 

  • Anonymous November 12, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Do you start with cooked rice?

  • Cherish December 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Eating this tastiness right now – thanks!

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  • Heather January 16, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I use jasmine rice and 1/4-1/3 c. sugar and throw in a couple of eggs for protein and it’s great.  I also love this with chopped strawberries on top….excellent!

  • Noridagrrl February 10, 2013 at 4:40 am

    Just curious… is that a typo in the recipe or is it really Tablespoons for the cinnamon and vanilla??

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  • Anonymous July 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    For everyone who has not tried rice pudding yet with coconut milk….it is a must try! I have been making this for years now and my family loves it! I also add coconut flakes to my recipe for a little more coconut taste…awesome! You can also add crushed pineapples as well.. Enjoy!!! 🙂
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  • Barb Benson-Ward September 10, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    I just made this for my 17yr old son whom loves rice pudding like no one else I know. This recipe turned out so yummy that he said he’ll make sure I keep making it. I tweaked the recipe just a tad. I used Apple Pie Spice in place of the cinnamon (it consists of cinnamon, nutmeg, & allspice) & added raisins to the recipe. I live in Upstate NY and this is the way my Grandma always made it. The coconut milk makes this come out so yummy and creamy. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. Our next trip into the city will be soon and we’re going to hit up Rice to Riches – it’ll be a surprise that my son will love!

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