blue diamon almond milk rice pudding recipeI am sitting on the couch waiting for Downton Abbey to start. It has been so long since Season 2 ended that I almost forget what happened, but I have been looking forward to this for many, many, many months. I feel badly for my family who is going to have to endure me speaking in my terrible British accent for the next 3 months of Mondays. From this point forward, please read this with a British accent and go fetch yourself a cup of tea. :)

Over the holiday, I saw an old friend that cannot eat dairy. In our conversation, he mentioned that dessert is the thing that he misses the most. Almost everything baked has some sort of dairy in it. I got to thinking, and had to agree that I use an obscene amount of dairy in my baking. It is really easy to find good vegan baked goods, but it can be hard to satisfy the need for something creamy. I was flipping through Food & Wine a few days later and found that they were highlighting almond milk. This recipe was included, and I love how it is made in a similar way to risotto. The almond milk is added slowly, absorbing the liquid before you add more. The end result is an incredibly creamy rice pudding that is simple but satisfying. I added a vanilla bean to mine, but you could just add a splash of extract if you prefer.

This rice pudding is great after dinner, but I actually like to eat it for breakfast. I think that this would be a great addition to a brunch menu. Top with some preserves or fresh berries and you are good to go. I think that I am going to try to make it with quinoa and see what happens; it would be a really healthy and protein filled breakfast that way.

blue diamon almond milk rice pudding recipe1 1/2 cups rice (sushi rice, jasmine, basmati are really good in pudding)
1/3 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean, seeded and scraped
7 cups Almond Breeze, vanilla or unsweetened
pinch of sea salt

blue diamon almond milk rice pudding recipeStart by rinsing the rice with water. Add to a medium saucepan.

blue diamon almond milk rice pudding recipeAdd sugar, vanilla bean and pod, salt, and 1 cup of almond milk.

blue diamon almond milk rice pudding recipeCook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the milk is absorbed, about 5 minutes.

blue diamon almond milk rice pudding recipeGradually add 5 more cups of almond milk, about 1/2 cup at a time. Let the milk absorb before adding more.

blue diamon almond milk rice pudding recipeAfter 25 minutes, the rice pudding will be thick and creamy. Let cool, and stir in the last cup of milk. Remove vanilla bean and spoon into a pretty glass.

blue diamon almond milk rice pudding recipeGarnish with fresh berries, or a spoonful of preserves.

Almond Breeze Vegan Rice Pudding

Almond Breeze Vegan Rice Pudding


  • 1 1/2 cups rice (sushi rice, jasmine, basmati are really good in pudding)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeded and scraped
  • 7 cups Almond Breeze, vanilla or unsweetened
  • pinch of sea salt
  • berries


  1. Start by rinsing the rice with water. Add rice to a medium saucepan. Add sugar, vanilla bean and pod, salt, and 1 cup of almond milk.
  2. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the milk is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Gradually add 5 more cups of almond milk, about 1/2 cup at a time. Let the milk absorb before adding more.
  3. After 25 minutes, the rice pudding will be thick and creamy.
  4. Let cool, and stir in the last cup of milk. Remove vanilla bean and spoon into a pretty glass. Garnish with fresh berries, or a spoonful of preserves.

Disclosure: I am being paid by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze for this post.  I am compensated for my time, however all opinions expressed are my own.

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86 Responses to Almond Breeze Vegan Rice Pudding

  1. Anna says:

    I’ve just made a batch of quinoa porridge, I can’t wait to eat it!
    I love this rice pudding, I’m trying it tomorrow :)

  2. Shaina says:

    I’ve never had rice pudding before but this sounds awesome! Can you use vanilla extract or do you definitely recommend using the actual vanilla bean?

  3. Barbara says:

    Almond breeze also makes an almond/coconut milk which would be great in rice pudding! Thanks for the suggestion. I have been drinking chocolate almond milk once a day. It has more vitamins/minerals than cow’s milk!

  4. What a fabulous idea! Love this!

  5. Nicole says:

    I love the idea of trying this with quinoa as I’ve been eating a lot of that for breakfast. If you did that, how much quinoa do you think you would use, and how much milk?

  6. I have to admit I have not seen Downtown Abbey but I hear such great things about this series I think I need to catch up and watch it. Rice pudding is a favorite of mine and my kids. This is so lovely. I love your addition of Almond Milk.

  7. Love this use of almond milk! Also I like how few ingredients are involved…simple and clean! :)

  8. Ally says:

    I’m also lactose intolerant and have a lot of trouble with dairy so this is so great to see!

  9. I actually really love making vegan desserts too. They arent as hard as they seem like they would be :) But I do understand wanting to have the creaminess for dessert. This looks like a perfect substitute. And I love how you cook it with the vanilla bean pod in there. So much extra flavor in there!

  10. Jessica says:

    I actually made this tonight and it was wonderful!

    OK, some confessions. I used vanilla extract not a vanilla bean. I used soy and rice milk instead of Almond Breeze. I used maple syrup instead of sugar. I added raisins. And I lost track of how many cups of “vegan milk” I added. But I did wash the rice and put in the pinch of salt!

    I did this while making a big pot of soup. Then the garbage disposal malfunctioned and carrot scraps came pouring out from under the sink and made a big disgusting mess! My husband is on his second trip to Home Depot tonight to fix the plumbing.

    Thanks Bree because we needed our big pot of Vegan Rice Pudding to get us through the night! Here is my blog about the big mess.

    I do appreciate when mainstream food bloggers like yourself put in these easy and healthy vegan recipes. My husband had a stroke and heart attack very young, we’ve been eating a plant based diet now for almost five years. Meat? Ugh! But it is the comfort food we miss. Thanks, it was really yummy!!!!!

    • bakedbree says:

      Oh no! I am so sorry that you had such a bad night! I am glad that you like my vegan recipe. I eat very, very little meat, but could never call myself a vegetarian.

  11. Can you believe I’ve never had rice pudding before?! Yeah that needs to change ASAP!

  12. Erin says:

    Hi! This looks delicious! I want to make it today for my nieces who are vegan, as well as for me, not vegan, but I don’t eat dairy. I am just wondering if you start with cooked or uncooked rice. You didn’t specify, but the rice in the first picture looks as though it’s been cooked already. Thanks!

  13. Charlotte says:

    Going to have to try this recipe tonight! Where did you get the jars?

  14. Kim says:

    This looks good, the pictures are really pretty and that is coming from someone who has never been a fan of things that have a porridge-y consistency. It looks like you used white rice–do you think this would work with brown rice?

  15. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    This sounds delicious! I loved Almond Breeze the first time I tasted it and have been wondering if I could use it to make tapioca pudding. After seeing your recipe, I’m pretty sure I can. Thanks for sharing!

    • bakedbree says:

      You can sub almond milk for just about anything I think. There are lots of great recipes on the Almond Breeze website, go check it out!

  16. Amy says:

    What if all I had was Minute Rice?

  17. Meghan says:

    Do you think Soy milk can be used a replacement? I have a child with a severe dairy and nut allergy so almond milk is not a good option. I’ve been looking for an evaporated milk substitute that is non dairy and tree nut free. Ideas?

  18. Lindsay Jo Burden says:

    I’ve been using almond milk in my rice pudding for about a year now, cooking it slowly over the stove as you do! I use maple syrup in my recipe, but the rest is the same and it’s lovely to see someone else enjoying this yummy breakfast/dessert!

  19. Reg Liski says:

    I just made this pudding as a perfect (freezing cold day outside) dessert. I will never go back to conventional rice pudding!! Sooo creamy & delicious. I also have roasted apple compote in oven for topping layer – if I can wait…have taste tested about 3 times already – hee! Thank you for this delicious recipe!!

  20. Jackie says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I had no vanilla of any kind, so used almond extract. Tastes delicious!

  21. judy says:

    What is the nutritional information on this?

  22. Chelsea says:

    I just made this, it was exactly what I was looking for! I didn’t have any vanilla so I used honey instead – topped with blueberries and drizzled with more honey – so good!

  23. Rick and Eileen says:

    I used 5C vanilla almond milk 2C Thai Kitchen coconut milk, amaranth as the grain, and xylitol as the sweetener. Turned out amazing, takes forever with amaranth though!

  24. Melissa says:

    Sounds so wonderful. I would like to try making it with honey. How much honey did you use?

  25. I love rice pudding. This recipe looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it out.

  26. Stephanie A. says:

    Can you use brown rice for this recipe??

  27. Oooooh thank you thank you! I was given a family recipe for rice pudding but I avoid dairy.

  28. Thank you so much! I made this last night and reviewed it on my blog with 5 readers. :-)

  29. Nicole S. says:

    This looks delicious! How many servings does this make approximately and what is the serving size? 1/2 cup?

  30. Katie says:

    This looks great! I am going to try this with my Blue Diamond Coconut Almond milk. Do you think brown rice could be subbed in this recipe?

  31. Katie says:

    Oops – just saw the same question a few posts up. Thank you!!

  32. Jillian says:

    So are you putting uncooked rice in the pot with the vanilla and salt and other ingredients?? I’m new to this cooking thing! :)

  33. Klaus says:

    Hi Bree!
    So I read your blog for quite some time and really wanted to cook some of your stuff. So far I always had some problems with the units you use in Northern America. Over here in Europe we have our gramms, litres, kilogramms etc. Perhaps its because I’m male and want to have precise information, but I always had some resentments against “cups” as a unit. Don’t know why but I can’t change it. Which is a pitty, because I really like some of your cookie recipes :)

    But tomorrow I am going to try this recipe. First of all I need to find something similar to the almond milk, which is my first challenge. But as I am on holiday I have time and so I am eager to cook something of your stuff.

    Greetings from far away Austria (by the way a very “foody” country).

  34. Klaus says:

    I tried my first recipe of your blog today and it was a great one. My kids just loved it – though they wanted some Nutella creme on it. Tasted good, too. I prefer the berry stuff, though.

  35. Tish says:

    Great recipe idea. Do you remove it from the heat after the first 5 minutes?
    Thank you!

  36. Dian says:

    I love this recipe. I’ve been making it with vanilla extract and ground cinnamon instead, because I don’t keep vanilla beans and cinnamon sticks in the house, and it’s great like that. The only change I make is grating in a *little* lemon zest near the end. It gives it a nice fresh flavor. Also when making for my girlfriend she prefers more sugar, but my family and I like it less sweet like you wrote. For some reason when I cook this it takes over an hour. What am I doing wrong? Do you ever cover it? I’m using low heat and not covering, stirring every few minutes. Worth the wait anyway, but would love to get the cook time down.

    • bakedbree says:

      I would say covering it, or almost cover it. You can also make it in a slow cooker. It taste more time, but is 100% hands off.

  37. Anna says:

    Should I store this in the fridge overnight? I’m afraid the rice will get hard if I put it in the fridge

  38. cathy says:

    Just found this recipe and you through pinterest and am happy about both.

    I made this with almond milk eggnog – so delicious!

  39. Christina says:

    This sounds amazing! I really want to try to make this in a slowcooker. Any suggestions for the method?

  40. Rosalind Gonzalez says:

    I am wondering what you meant by low heat. I put it between 3 and 4 out of 9 and I am going on the 15 minutes now and the milk has yet to be absorbed. I started off with the 1 cup of almond milk. since you said to wait for it to be absorbed I still haven’t added the rest of the milk, but according to the instructions it says a cook time of 25 min. Plus , the ingredients says 7 cups of almond milk, but according to you instruction I would have only used a total of 4 cups.

    • bakedbree says:

      It will vary, but it should be absorbed a little. And I just went and checked and the instructions call for 7 cups.

  41. Lisa says:

    Hi, this recipe looks fabulous. I would really like to use up some pre-cooked jasmine rice but I’m wondering how to do so effectively for the rice pudding. Any suggestions?

    • bakedbree says:

      The pudding thickens with the starch from the rice as its cooking. I would try a baked rice pudding instead.

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