Coconut Rice Pudding

Vegan, gluten-free coconut rice pudding

Rice pudding holds a special place in my heart. The summer before 6th grade I had to get an operation that left my head all wrapped up for about a month over the summer. To ease some of my discomfort, my Mom got me a tub of rice pudding just about every day. It was from the supermarket and was probably filled with crap, but I loved it and it made me happy.

As an adult, I still get a hankering for it on occasion, but I don’t want all the dairy and refined sugar. So after some experimentation, I came up with super creamy vegan version that I am now in love with.

It’s the perfect vegan comfort food.

Coconut Rice Pudding
Recipe Type: Desserts
Cuisine: Dairy-Free / Vegan
Author: Briana Ryan
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Serves: 4
  • 2 T tapioca flour
  • 3 ¼ cups unsweetened rice milk – [i]I like to use [url href=”” target=”_blank”]Rice Dream Organic Rice Milk[/url] as it does not contain carrageenen[/i]
  • 1 ¾ cup canned coconut milk (equivalent to a 13.5 oz. can)
  • ½ cup white basmati rice – [i]rinsed in a few changes of water and soaked for 30 minutes or up to 2 hours[/i]
  • 6 cardamom pods, [i]crushed slightly[/i]
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ tsp rose water
  • pinch of saffron threads
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp (non-GMO) soy lecithin
  • 2 T shelled pistachios, toasted and coarsely chopped
  1. In a small bowl, combine the tapioca starch and ¼ cup of the rice milk and mix to form a paste. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the remaining 3 cups rice milk, and1 ¾ cup coconut milk with the rice, cardamom, cinnamon stick, sugar and tapioca mixture. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Lower the heat to maintain a high simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has reduced by about two thirds, about 30 minutes to an hour.
  3. Fish out and discard the cardamom pods & cinnamon stick. Add the rose water, saffron, salt and soy lecithin and stir briefly to combine. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until well combined, at least 1 hour and up to overnight.
  4. To serve, spoon the pudding into 4 individual bowls and garnish with the pistachios.
[i]Please note that I do my best to always use organic ingredients in all of my recipes. The higher quality of your ingredients, the better your food will taste![/i]



  1. Heather

    Hey Bri – this looks awesome and I want to try it – I have most of the ingredients, but do you think I could sub out Almond milk for the rice, and brown rice for the white basmati?

    • Briana Ryan

      Absolutely! I think the brown rice basmati might be nice. I might soak it for about an hour or so before you cook it though to help soften it a bit. Let me know how it tastes!!


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