Easy Rice Pudding

Easy rice pudding is a healthier take on the full fat classic recipe. This creamy, delicious and satisfying alternative tastes just as good as that original recipe but has less calories and fat!

This creamy, delicious and satisfying easy rice pudding version tastes just as good as the original recipe but has less calories and fat.

Ah, childhood memories, carefree days. That’s what this easy rice pudding reminds me of, and that’s why I thought it was time to bring it to the blog.

I remember a certain branded tin of rice pudding being one of my very favourite puddings when I was younger. Mum used to keep the pudding a secret until the end of whatever it was my brother and I were having for dinner.

Often, if we were being fussy about our dinner there would be the “carrot on a stick” approach of “Well if you don’t eat all your greens then you won’t get pudding…. and it’s your favourite”.

Cue my brother and I making sure we ate every single last drop of dinner in order to savour the delights of whatever pudding was in order. Especially if we had any inclination that it was rice pudding!

This creamy, delicious and satisfying easy rice pudding version tastes just as good as the original recipe but has less calories and fat.

Now, I know folks that I’m not going to get any awards for this, my easy rice pudding version of the classic.

Do I care? Nah, not really because food often invokes happy memories for us all, and that’s what THIS does for me with my early childhood memories and that’s why I feel it’s perfect as it is!

A couple of things I did do though with this easy rice pudding was experiment to see if I could use an artificial sweetener (stevia) but I just couldn’t get it right.

So in the end I left in the very minimal amount of caster sugar I felt was needed just to give this easy rice pudding the sweetening it needed and no more.

If it’s not sweet enough for you, in an individual portion, I would recommend adding a little honey or maple syrup.

Now, I’ve also used skimmed milk here where the traditional recipe calls for full fat milk. I don’t think that’s needed. And you’re hearing that from a guy who was brought up on tins of the full fat stuff!

This creamy, delicious and satisfying easy rice pudding version tastes just as good as the original recipe but has less calories and fat.

This creamy, delicious and satisfying easy rice pudding version tastes just as good as the original recipe but has less calories and fat.
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Easy Rice Pudding
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hrs
Total Time
1 hrs 5 mins
 
This creamy, delicious and satisfying easy rice pudding version tastes just as good as the original recipe but has less calories and fat.
Course: Pudding
Servings: 4
Calories: 298 kcal
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
  • 1 litre skimmed milk
  • 4 whole green cardamom pods
  • 100 g basmati rice
  • 40 g caster sugar
  • 10 g toasted flaked almonds
Instructions
  1. Put the milk and cardamoms in a non-stick pan and slowly bring to the boil.
  2. Add the rice and simmer on a low heat, stirring from time to time to prevent the rice sticking. This will take about an hour, but keep an eye in the pan!
  3. Once the milk has reduced and the pudding has thickened remove from the heat and stir in the sugar.
  4. Carefully remove the cardamoms with a spoon and then stir in the toasted flaked almonds.
  5. Serve either hot or cold, garnished with a few extra toasted flaked almonds.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Rice Pudding
Amount Per Serving
Calories 298 Calories from Fat 86
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.6g 15%
Saturated Fat 4.8g 24%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 108.9mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 42.7g 14%
Dietary Fiber 0.7g 3%
Sugars 22.7g
Protein 10.2g 20%
Vitamin A 13%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 30%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

For some reason my preference is to have my easy rice pudding cold.

I don’t know why, I just like it that way and I remember it was also how I preferred it as a kid!

Whatever way you take your rice pudding, I’m pretty sure you’re going to love this healthier version, let me know in the comments below.

And, if you love rice pudding, you might also like my rice porridge breakfast?

Well, I hope you have a great weekend and I’ll catch up with you again next week!

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This creamy, delicious and satisfying easy rice pudding version tastes just as good as the original recipe but has less calories and fat.

Comments

  1. I never actually had rice pudding like that. My mom used to like it, but as a kid, I remember always turning up my nose…I think it was just the thought of that texture and the fact that it’s cold and not hot 😛

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Yep, it can be a choice of between hot or cold that makes all the difference here Rebecca.

      I challenge you to give it a go and let me know what you think! 🙂

  2. We never ever had rice pudding (or any other pudding than the chocolate and vanilla Jello kind) when I was growing up. Bread pudding, tapioca pudding, rice pudding, and now chia pudding are all foreign to me!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      OMG you poor thing Suz. You seriously missed out on rice pudding and all those delicious other puddings you mention?

      NOW is the time to change all that! I urge you to do so 😉

      Judging by the fact that you and I like mostly the same sort of stuff to eat, I’m sure you would absolutely love those puddings you mention and this one too! 😀

  3. This is such a nostalgic dessert, isn’t it. It was always the best day at school when it was rice pudding day.
    It was a running joke with Dave and I that I was terrible at making this for years at home, but then I finally mastered it!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      I never got to experience rice pudding day at school, but I sure do like the sound of it Dannii!

      I did get to experience rice pudding frequently at home though, as I mention above and man was it worth it. 🙂

      Well done you for finally mastering it. I’d love to know if you prefer it hot, or cold?

  4. I honestly don’t think I ever had rice pudding as a child, but I’m loving how creamy and delicious this looks! And I totally understand preferring to eat things cold. I don’t think there’s any dish that I prefer warm over cold… I even let my oatmeal cool off to room temp. or stick it in the fridge before I eat it 😆
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Oh yes, I agree!

      You know Amanda there are times when I need my oatmeal hot, like when it’s freezing cold outside and I’ve just walked in from the cold into work. I need it then to bring some life back into me, lol

      But when its warmer, I can take it cooler, And I do love overnight oatmeal cold from the fridge first thing in the morning. Yum!!

  5. My Dad would LOVE this since he is obsessed with rice pudding! Thank God you made it healthier because he needs to lose weight haha!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Ha ha! I’m very happy to help out Rachel. 🙂

      Let me know what your dad thinks of this healthier version 😉

  6. Never have I ever had rice pudding before! I have only smelled it. And BOY did it smell amazing!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      I never thought of putting down how it smells really nice and warming too when it’s cooking, Gigi, thanks. I should have!

  7. I love rice pudding. Thanks for the recipe, and for the charming backstory. I wonder what it’d be like with coconut or almond milk?
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Hey Jeff, thanks for your comment! 🙂

      Although I do have almond milk in the house, I haven’t tried it with that yet, but I’m pretty sure it would be just as good as skimmed milk?

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