Vegan tropical rice pudding

 This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk, my all-time fave and a staple in our house.

Hi friends! Sorry to disappear on you yesterday afternoon. My allergies have been off the charts, and I woke up with a neon red, watery eye. It was a fun afternoon with a doc appointment, picking up eye drops, and glasses destiny for a few days until things clear up. They fogged up while I was teaching barre hahah and my goal is to keep them from falling off my face when I teach BODYPUMP tonight.

I’m so happy to hear that many of you share in my excitement for Post Baby Bod! It will be a lot of fun to release it, and also follow along myself after the little one is here.

So this morning, I have a recipe that’s like a vacation in a glass… or bowl.. or out of the container with a spoon, standing in front of the fridge.

During the past week, when things have felt extra crazy (like when our dishwasher and clothes washer stopped working simultaneously post-vacay, and our washer in Tucson also broke for our tenants… What is happening?), I’ve closed my eyes for a second to think about Hawaii. Instantly the calm rushes over me, and I feel that fresh, tropical air, and hear the waves crashing gently against the shore. It was such a beautiful vacation, and something I’ll remember for a long time. It was a rare opportunity for us to slow down and enjoy each other (especially with the Pilot’s hectic work schedule) and spend time as a little family of three before little lady joins us in the fall.

Something else I will never forget about Hawaii: the food. It was so fresh and delicious, with a bounty of tropical produce and island flavors infused into each meal. Fruit-wise, before our trip, I was more into berries and apples; now I feel like I can’t get enough pineapple, mango and coconut. 

I decided to use this inspiration in a vegan rice pudding, using fragrant jasmine rice, chopped tropical fruits, Almond Breeze for a creamy texture,

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and edible flowers, because they were so beautiful I couldn’t stop myself. 😉

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The result is a refreshing tropical treat, which is surprisingly healthy. It tastes even better after setting and cooling in the fridge for a day, which makes it an ideal component for summer parties, picnics or BBQs.

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Let me know if you give it a try!

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Vegan tropical rice pudding
Serves 10
A twist on the classic dessert fave, and is like a vacation in a bowl.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups jasmine rice
  2. 4 cups water
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. Pinch of sea salt
  5. Teaspoon vanilla
  6. 2 cinnamon sticks
  7. 1-2 cups Almond Breeze Almondmilk (I've been using the Hint of Honey Vanilla)
  8. 3 cups chopped fresh fruit of choice
  9. Optional: shredded coconut, fresh mint and/or edible flowers to garnish
Instructions
  1. 1. In a large saucepan, add the water, rice, salt, vanilla, cinnamon sticks and sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or so until the rice is fluffy and cooked.
  2. 2. Stir in the almondmilk and fruit, and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
  3. 3. Add in more almondmilk as needed for texture -if you prefer the mixture to be less solid, add more as the rice soaks up the almondmilk- and cover in the fridge to set overnight.
  4. 4. Garnish with shredded coconut, mint and/or edible flowers before serving.
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Nutrition stats are here.

xoxo

Gina

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk. As always, thank you so much for supporting this blog and the companies who help support our family.

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Comments

  1. Ohh I love rice pudding! Yum! I hope your eye feels better soon!

  2. I just had rice pudding for the first time two months ago. It was so good! I can’t believe that’s what I’ve been missing. As far as everything breaking at once, that’s the story of my life. I feel for you!

  3. I used to love rice pudding! Great that there’s a healthy version out there I could try out. Sorry you have been having so many issues lately – when things happen, it seems to go in waves. It’ll turn around!

  4. Christine T says:

    Wondering if this would work well with cashew milk? It’s been my milk of choice lately since I can make it in my Vitamix (best gift ever). Sounds delicious either way – I haven’t had a good rice pudding since me and cow’s milk stopped being friends.

  5. Hope your eye gets better soon! I’m often hoping my glasses stay on during yoga… haha.

  6. Yum! This sort of reminds me of Thai mango sticky rice, which my husband and I consumed so so much of when we travelled through Thailand.

  7. This looks so delicious & healthy! Need to try it asap!
    xoxo, Ivette
    Glamour State Of Mind

  8. This looks like such a perfect summer snack or dessert!!

  9. Ahh I love rice pudding and I love these flavor combos! Also, did you get that table runner from Target? If so, I have the same one (and love it!)

  10. That sounds yummy! I am going to make this! So, I recently bought some blue diamond almond breeze milk for the first time, and I was disappointed when I read the ingredients list…do all of their milk products contain carraggeenan? (not sure if I put one too many letters in there;) And what are your thoughts on that. I’m a dietitian and get asked about it often. I tend to try not to buy products with it. And i’m sure a little every now and then is fine, but as a staple, what do you think about it?
    Hope you can get rid of those glasses soon! I know the feeling:(
    Thanks!

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you! the glasses are driving me crazy. especially since i don’t have RX sunglasses, so i double-decker my sunglasses on top when i go outside haha
      i’m not a huge fan of carrageenan, but i think in small amounts, it’s not a big deal. i asked almond breeze about it about a year ago, and they said they were working to phase it out. i didn’t see any mention of them getting rid of it on their FAQ page: https://almondbreeze.com/?navid=342 for our family and the shopping choices we make, there are a lot of things i worry about when it comes to food. it wasn’t a huge one to me since it’s such a small amount

  11. Coconut will not be optional in my version! Yum!

    Hope your eye is back to normal quickly!

  12. This looks INSANE!! I am definitely going to be making this! I love rice pudding but I totally forgot about it! I hope your allergies get better soon! xo

  13. This looks amazing!! I really want to try it with the coconut almond milk mix!

  14. I’m confused on the nutrition stats — it can’t be 200-something calories per serving, can it? That would mean 2,000 calories in the entire recipe! It seems like too much?

  15. In response to a previous comment, fyi, “Silk” Almond milk does not contain carrageenan. I cannot wait to try your recipe. It does sound like mango sticky rice 🙂

  16. This looks amazing! Just wondering, can jasmine be substituted for short brown rice? Thanks in advance, can’t wait to make this!

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