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Cinnamon Brown Rice Pudding

Rice pudding is so easy to make I’m not really sure why I waited so long to share it here.

The best part about this brown rice pudding recipe is that you can also swap out the brown for white rice, if you are so inclined.

I decided that I needed to make some but I only had almond milk and brown rice on hand. I figured that would be fine and went with it.

This was my first time using brown rice in a rice pudding recipe, it went pretty smoothly!

I took my book of family recipes, found the rice pudding recipe, and twisted it into something just a bit different with brown rice and almond milk so it isn’t a traditional rice pudding but it is helpful for special diets. This recipe is technically vegan and is helpful for healthy eating.

What can you add to rice pudding?

I really wanted to add dried figs and maple syrup into the mix but I decided this time I would stick to ground cinnamon since I was making it for other people.

Next time I’ll experiment with some flavor combinations. Doesn’t fig and maple sound pretty great?

If you don’t like raisins, feel free to omit them or eat around them. I won’t be offended.

In addition to raisins, you can also add:

chocolate chips (why not!)
chia seeds (for those extra omega 3’s!)
any type of dried fruit (my go-to here would be figs!)
teaspoon maple syrup
teaspoon vanilla extract

What kind of milk should I use with Rice Pudding?

Whole milk is going to give you the really creamy rice pudding, but you can absolutely use non-dairy milk in a rice pudding recipe. I’ve used Almond milk here but Coconut milk would be another great option.

I would imagine that adding heavy cream in addition to the milk would be a way to make a really creamy dessert.

What type of rice should I use?

For a traditional recipe, you’ll want to use white rice. Brown rice came out really well this time around for that whole grain recipe. I would not recommend trying wild rice for a creamy texture.

How to make creamy rice pudding?

You’ll find full instructions in the recipe card but briefly, on the stovetop, boil 4 cups of water and stir in the brown rice over medium-high heat. Once boiling lower heat to a simmer and cook for thirty minutes.

Next, you’ll want to transfer the rice to a large bowl and set aside.

Bring almond milk, sugar, honey, and spices to a low boil.

Add in the rice, butter, and a handful of raisins for a bit more chewy texture.

What type of Sugar do I use in Rice pudding?

You can use regular cane sugar but if you are so inclined to try brown sugar, I wouldn’t fight you!

If you’re looking to create a healthy snack, you might consider trying coconut sugar.

Yield: 4-6 servings

Cinnamon Brown Rice Pudding

rice pudding with rasins and honey

You can easily replace the rice with white and the milk with whole in this recipe. Omit the raisins if you aren't into sun-dried grapes!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 4 cups almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  1. Boil 4 cups of water and stir in brown rice.
  2. Lower to medium heat and simmer rice for 30 minutes, uncovered.
  3. Stir occasionally. Drain water and transfer rice back to its original pot.
  4. Put the lid on the pot and let steam for 10 minutes, away from the flame.
  5. After 10 minutes, transfer rice to a bowl and set aside.
  6. Bring almond milk, sugar, honey and spices to a low boil.
  7. Stir often so the milk doesn't burn.
  8. Add the rice, butter and raisins, stir often.
  9. Simmer until milk cooks down, about 30-45 minutes.
  10. Serve cold or at room temperature with a pinch of cinnamon on top.
  11. Add raisins to your liking.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 189Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 45mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 22gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate. You may want to spot check this information.

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Thursday 13th of August 2020

Can I substitute the sugar with more honey?


Friday 30th of October 2015

Can I substitute the sugar with more honey? Or is the sugar needed for some reason? Thanks!

Samantha Seeley

Friday 30th of October 2015

Hi Carrie!

I'm not 100% sure and with all recipe substitutions I tend to substitute knowing it might not work out as you never truly know what will happen.

That being said, I found this recipe that uses all honey or maple syrup. Check it out:

Good luck! If you do try it, please come back and let me know how it turned out. :)

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dixya@food, pleasure, and health

Tuesday 19th of March 2013

Hey Sam- me and my boyfriend are those raisin hating but grape loving people, however, I love the idea of this pudding and would love to make it SOON!

Samantha Seeley

Tuesday 19th of March 2013

hahah! too funny. Just omit them when you make this! SO GOOD. If you like other dried fruit then you can substitute!!


Monday 18th of March 2013

When you leave me more than a spoonful, I will eat it!! What a tease!

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