Dairy Free Coconut Rice Pudding

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

My kids love this dairy free creamy rice pudding. It will thicken as it cools and may need to be thinned a little with water or more coconut milk. Sometimes we add dried cranberries or cherries at the beginning, they plump as they cook.


  1. Combine rice, coconut milk, water and sugar in saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 20 min, stirring occasionally.
  3. Take off heat, add cinnamon and vanilla.
  4. Enjoy warm or chilled.


Most Helpful

This was great. I used half the amount of sugar and it was still more than sweet enough. At the end, I mashed up two bananas and stirred it through, added a couple of big pinches of shredded coconut and it made a beautiful banana and coconut rice pudding. Next time we will add blueberries instead.

Teena M. January 09, 2016

I've made this recipe three times now, the first time regularly, but found it to be a little too sweet for my tastes. The second time I and left out the cinnamon and reduced the vanilla by half, but found it really needed the vanilla. Keep the vanilla! As far as the cinnamon goes, both ways are tasty, it's whatever you prefer. By the third time I felt I finally got it right (to my tastes) by adding only half the sugar, although I think I could up it to 3/4 the original amount and still be happy. BOTTOM LINE: If you like stuff sweet, keep the sugar at it's original amount, if not, reduce to taste. Thanks for posting!

kindcook March 08, 2014

Thank you for posting this! Years ago I did a riff on a coconut rice pudding recipe that used dairy, that I absolutely loved. But I'm lactose intolerant and was looking for something different. You gave me a great launching pad here! I went with your rice to liquid measurements, but like another reviewer, replaced the water with almond milk. I used honey to taste instead of sugar and added lots of spices (cinnamon, cardamom, clove, a dash of cayenne etc) and just ran with it. I toasted some almond slivers and threw those in along with some golden raisins. It thickened up nicely and is rich, creamy and exactly what I was looking for.

Gina*S April 02, 2011

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