Sometimes I get the idea to just make something. It’s mostly when we’ve had an early dinner. And usually it’s dessert. And that’s exactly how I came up with this almond rice pudding recipe that tastes just like marzipan!
One night in Colorado, after dinner, we were all hankering for something a little sweet and the usual cookies and ice cream just didn’t sound good to me. I thought about what I could quickly and easily make (after a major cookie fail the week before!) and saw a big bag of rice that made me, of course, think of rice pudding.
Because Doodle and Pipsqueak don’t tolerate dairy well, I knew I’d have to use their almond milk instead and that’s when I got the idea: almond rice pudding would probably taste just like marzipan!
I haven’t always been successful in my non-dairy cooking adventures. Some recipes just don’t work without the real dairy, especially ones that require thickening. But this almond rice pudding came out perfectly delicious and even though rice pudding isn’t something my kids have had very often, they all loved it.
Almond Rice Pudding Recipe
Ingredients for Almond Rice Pudding:
(makes 8-10 servings)
- 1 cup rice, cooked per package directions
- 2 cups almond milk (divided)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- pinch salt
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
How to make Almond Rice Pudding:
- Combine cooked rice, 1 1/2 cups almond milk, salt and sugar in a saucepan and cook over medium heat. Stir regularly, until thickened and creamy (about 20 minutes).
- Combine egg, 1/2 cup almond milk, cardamom and almond extract.
- Add egg mixture to rice mixture and continue cooking over medium heat. Stir constantly, for another 2-3 minutes.
- Serve warm or cold with a sprinkle of cardamom, cinnamon or another favorite spice on top.
This simple dessert is simple enough for kids to make on their own and so delicious all of my kids ate it right up!