So Simple Rice Pudding

With Coconut Milk

So Simple Rice Pudding is a kind of recipe that is quick and easy recipe that can be eaten hot or cold. It’s a comforting dessert!

Commonly, rice pudding is simply rice cooked in sweetened milk. As the rice cooks, it lets off starch that thickens the milk and suspends the tender grains of rice, contributing to its creaminess.

With a bowl of warm rice pudding is like a comforting hug on your dark and dreary day. It’s fragrant, creamy but not too rich, subtly sweet, and easily adaptable for your mood.

The ingredients work really well for each other. The combination of the ingredients creates a wonderful flavor for rice pudding. This simple rice pudding will be one of your favorites, most certainly because it makes a bunch and even your kids will absolutely love it.

It truly is one of the easiest puddings you can ever make, starting with a short ingredient list and an infinite number of ways you can customize it!

Rice Pudding

Nicole Kearsley
This rice pudding is so simple to make and no one will know it's vegan. Mix the ingredients together then bake it in the oven for an hour…done. So good.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Vegan
Servings 4


  • 1/2 cup Arborio Rice
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cardamom (or nutmeg if preferred)
  • 3 cups Plant Milk unsweetened
  • 14 ounces Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 cup Raisins (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Stir all ingredients together in a baking dish. (I used a Dutch oven)
  • Bake uncovered for 1 hour (pudding will be very wet). Remove and let stand for 30 minutes, stir then let stand another 30 minutes before serving.
  • If cold pudding desired, let cool to room temperature, cover then refrigerate 6 hours or overnight.


NO RULES: Use dairy-free milk of your choice like almond milk or oat milk. You can also use brown rice. Please note that these alterations will change the flavor, color and even the texture of the pudding.
GARNISH OPTION: Try dried fruits like dried cranberries, dried cherries, dried apricots or chopped nuts like pecans, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, cashews. A sprinkle of spices like ground nutmeg and cinnamon is great too. Shredded toasted coconut is another delicious option.
MAKE IT KID-FRIENDLY: Sprinkle some mini chocolate chips on top or you can even mix them into the pudding while cooking. 
PUT SOME TWIST: Add zest, such as orange, lemon or lime zest for a refreshing and citrus flavor.
EXTRACTS OPTIONS: The classic choice is vanilla but you can try caramel, almond, anise, butterscotch, coconut e.t.c.
Keyword plant based, vegan
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