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Healthy Dessert: Rice Pudding

I, once again, woke up with a sweet tooth. Never ending story. BUT, I need to get back to diethood because bits of that wonderful Christmas Feast can be found on my hips, cheeks, and flabs – ahem – abs. That food was so good, though – worth all those extra calories, carbs, fats…!

Today I decided that I was going to please my sweet tooth with a healthy version of Rice Pudding. I love Rice Pudding! I grew up on this stuff. It was a weekend treat and my mom would make tons of it because my sister hated milk, but she loved the dessert and this was my mom’s way of satisfying the needed amount of calcium in my little sister’s diet.

There are many variations for this dessert, but I think I have found one of the simpler recipes out there. A while ago I was looking at recipes page – I went through all of them and this one just popped out at me. With a couple of tweaks, I now have one of the better, healthier rice pudding recipes out there! Yeah, I’m sure yours is just as good, but I like mine (or theirs), too. 🙂

You will need:

  • 3 cups Soy Milk, unflavored, or you can use Skim Milk
  • 1/2 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice, white or brown
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins, or any other dried fruit
  • 2 tablespoons Bacardi Rum
  • nutmeg
  • your choice of chopped or ground nuts (optional)


  • Pour milk, splenda, cinnamon, and vanilla into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.

  • Add rice and salt. Cover and cook over low heat for 30 minutes or until most of the milk is absorbed. Stir occasionally.
  • Remove saucepan from heat.

  • Drizzle rum over the raisins and place them in a small microwaveable bowl. Warm in a microwave briefly, about 1 minute, to plump the raisins.

  • Add the raisins to the rice pudding.
  • Spoon into dessert dishes and sprinkle with nutmeg and nuts. I use ground walnuts.
  • Serve warm or chilled.


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58 Responses
  1. You have so many comments, jealous sigh 🙂 My gma makes rice pudding EVERY year for Christmas and I absolutely love it. Except hers is made with full fat cream, so not quite diet friendly!

  2. Rice pudding is one of my favorite breakfasts. Who cares if it’s a pudding…it has grain and raisins, eggs and milk. It is perfect breakfast food. Yours look beautiful in those sundae glasses.

  3. Like many others, it has been forever since I have had rice pudding. I wish I had some now. I am totally craving a dessert and I didn’t bake anything sweet these past few days! 🙁 Hang in there… hopefully this stuff will melt soon. We have high hopes of leaving the house very soon!

  4. I love that you posted a rice pudding recipe too! The crock pot batch I whipped up is gone, and I am ready for more LOL. I like the addition of golden raisens and liquor. I can’t do artificial sweetners or soy b/c of the autoimmune disease, but I like the idea of skim milk. Looks so full of flavor, can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  5. This does look like such a delicious AND healthy dessert. We all need more of those, right? I imagine that the rum and the raisins impart so much flavor! Thank you for you for sharing this yumminess, and thank you for your kind words on my blog. They mean so much!

  6. ooh this looks so good, and simple – i love rice pudding but have never made my own – but i may just have to try this….and share some with my mom since she is diabetic.

    btw, in response to the comments above about the rice pudding shop, rice to riches in NYC – my friend introduced it to me a couple years ago and i was mesmerized at how many different flavors of rice pudding they had… i forgot which one i tried but it was so yummy!

  7. I’m joining you in the ‘hood!! I actually went back to the gym today after a 2 month sabbatical and it felt pretty darn good. Vacation in the bikini is planned and I have 8 months… not that I’m counting down! I only need to lose 3 or 4 lbs, but I want everything tight again and still wanting a treat will make this dish a good one. Nicely done! Thankyou!

  8. This is a wonderful dessert – I have diabetic friends and I am always sratching my head as to what to serve and you come along with something delicious, pleasing to the eye and satisfying. Thank-you!

  9. Great sweet tooth satisfyer! Looks and sounds divine. This will definitely be made. A great way to ease the ‘pain’ of new year’s resolutions! (And it has rum!)

  10. I love rice pudding and can’t remember the last time I had it. My mom used to make it whenever she had rice left over from dinner. Such nice comfort food and a bonus that yours is a healthier version. Great recipe!

  11. Funny you just posted this. Last night I was watching the movie Hitch, and they go to Rice to Riches ( not sure if its still open) but its a of course a store devoted to rice pudding. I’ve never been a fan of rice pudding but you made it worth trying again 🙂

  12. I love that you made rice pudding healthier! When I crave sweets its usually something thick rich and custard like. Ice cream is a big one but I can destroy some pudding too. I and my waistline thank you!

  13. I love rice pudding! There is a place in Hoboken (where my best friend lives) that is a rice pudding shop – just like an ice cream shop. It is SO good and I try to go there everytime I visit!

  14. I love rice pudding and you never really see it anymore unless your at a diner! How sad, yours sounds delicious with those plump golden raisins, and using splenda is a wonderful idea!

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