Rice pudding is an old fashioned treat and a sweet alternative to oatmeal in the morning—it also makes for a nice dessert as well. This updated recipe for rice pudding features two yummy ingredients: cardamom and coconut. It’s a delicious way to celebrate National Rice Month.
The Nutritional Benefits of the Rice Pudding
The main feature of this pudding is, of course, the rice. Brown rice is preferred over white rice nowadays because of its health benefit, but white rice does happen to have some nutrients. Long-grain white rice is a good source of folate and manganese. It also has some protein and iron.
The coconut in this recipe can also do your body some good. Coconut milk is a delicious alternative to regular milk and it packs a flavorful and nutritional punch. Coconut milk is a great source of manganese. It also has iron, protein, vitamin C, potassium, and zinc, too.
This week, treat yourself to a rich, sweet dish and make your own rice pudding with the recipe listed below.
Cardamom and Coconut Rice Pudding
(Recipe from Sandi Gaertner at Fearless Dining)
- 1 1/2 cups of cooked jasmine rice
- 3 cups of coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 teaspoon of cardamom
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup of sugar
- Cook rice, following the package instructions.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a bowl, add eggs and coconut milk and whisk to blend.
- Add vanilla, cardamom, coconut, and sugar to the mix and whisk well.
- Add the cooked rice.
- Spray a baking dish with coconut oil and pour the pudding into the dish.
- Set the baking dish in a larger dish filled with one inch of water.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove the pudding from the oven, stir it, and then bake an additional 20 minutes.
- Serve rice pudding warm or cold.
Bonus: Serving Options. Looking for another dish to serve with your rice pudding? For breakfast, you can try a simple fruit salad or serve something else like a mango pudding made from mangos, coconut cream, and Himalayan pink salt. For dessert, serve you rice pudding with a lemon curd mousse made with fresh lemon juice, butter, heavy whipping cream, eggs, cornstarch, sugar, and mint leaves. You can find the recipes here.