Hello Fall !!! I know this season is all about piping hot soups. For a change let’s indulge in some comfort food here, I mean some comfort dessert. I am talking about my new fall favorite dessert “Instant Pot rice pudding” . It is the easiest hands off way to make a rice pudding . I wish we could enjoy this creamy dreamy homemade rice pudding together right now . Nevertheless if you just have 10 minutes quickly run to the kitchen and make it because it only requires that much preparation time . We can literally have a virtual rice pudding party !! Eat this easy to make rice pudding straight out of the pot warm or chill and eat later, either ways it tastes heavenly !!
This creamy Instant Pot rice pudding is dairy free and egg free too. It is an ideal dessert for your loved ones who have egg allergy or who are on VEGAN and GLUTEN FREE diet. Look just look at the photo below .. I can’t stress on how creamy this rice pudding is without any eggs or condensed milk …..yummm !!!
There are so many versions of rice pudding out there. There is old fashion rice pudding, Mexican rice pudding aka Arozz Con Leche , Indian rice pudding aka Kheer to name some. Some even make rice pudding with cooked rice o leftover rice. These rice puddings are unique on their own.
The old fashion rice pudding consists of eggs, milk as its important ingredients and the pudding is baked after cooking shortly in a pot on stove top .
Arozz Con Leche is a delicious rice pudding commonly made with long grain rice, evaporated milk plus some recipes use sugar and sometimes condensed milk to sweeten .It is then finished off with golden raisins.
Indian rice pudding aka kheer is made by cooking rice, milk on a low flame on a stove top and slowly reducing it until thick. It is very much hands on process . Fragrant spices like saffron, cardamom and nuts are added later.
Today’s recipe – Creamy coconut rice pudding is a modern day quick and easy Instant Pot dessert where all ingredients are dumped in the Instant Pot and cooked on porridge mode . Instant Pot rice pudding is a hands off process .Trust me your folks will think you have slaved for hours to get this creamy consistency of the rice pudding.
What is this Creamy Instant Pot Rice pudding recipe made of?
This easy creamy rice pudding is made with handful of ingredients featuring coconut milk, arborio rice (any other rice will do), cinnamon, vanilla and has no refined sugar not even condensed milk and no eggs . Did I say NO REFINED SUGAR??? OH Yes !! It naturally sweetened, trust me you will swoon all over it!!!!
Some versions are sweetened with condensed milk which sweetens and adds richness to the pudding while some rice puddings use regular granulated sugar. The recipe that I am sharing today uses none of the above. I have used coconut milk for the rich and creamy feel and opted for natural sweeteners like apples and dates to sweeten this rice pudding. I promise you that you won’t miss sugar at all. The very first time when I made rice pudding this way my family couldn’t believe that it is all natural without refined sugar.
What is the best rice to use for rice pudding?
Well it all depends on what texture you want the rice pudding to be.
Arborio rice or sticky rice will have an ultra creamy texture with a bite to it.
If you are using Jasmine rice or long grain basmati rice then the pudding will be more soft textured like melt in mouth and not chewy or starchy like arborio.
I personally like arborio for this recipe and basmati for my Indian Kheer recipe.
The choice is yours . It will taste great either ways.
How to make Rice Pudding in an Instant Pot?
I just dump all the ingredients in my Instant Pot , close the lid , use Porridge button and walk away.
And few minutes later come back to this creamy luxurious goodness!!!
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Recipe for Instant Pot Rice Pudding –
I have made this rice pudding in my 6qt Instant Pot. It’s a small batch so fit the smaller Instant Pot too.
Instant Pot Rice Pudding
You are a touch of a button and less than 10 ingredients away from making this healthy rice pudding. It is creamy, vegan, gluten free treat for kids and adults. Eat it warm or cold it tastes delicious both ways.
- ½ cup Arborio rice or rice of your choice *
- 1 cup Water
- 400 ml 1 ¾ cup can full fat coconut milk 13.5 oz can
- 10 medjool dates pitted and roughly chopped or dates of your choice
- 1 medium sized apple cored and cubed in small pieces
- ½ teaspoon real vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon or more cinnamon
- Pinch of salt optional
Make sure that the lid , ring and the inner pot of IP is well rinsed and clean of any food previously cooked.
Wash the rice 2-3 times under cold water and drain.
Put everything called for in the ingredient list inside the inner pot of Instant Pot.
Secure the lid with knob on sealing.
Press the porridge mode. It is pre set to 20 minutes.
Walk off . Do something else because your work is done here.
When the IP beeps let the pressure release naturally (NPR )
It will take 15 minutes approx. to cool down.
The pressure will come down automatically and the pin will drop.
You may vent pressure if any by turning the knob to vent .
Now open the lid and stir the rice pudding.
Give it a taste test and adjust flavoring or sweetness to your preference.
Congratulations you just made a delicious creamy coconut rice pudding instantly !!
The rice pudding tastes delicious warm or cold.
The pudding thickens more once it starts cooling. You can thin it out if needed by adding more milk .
Use sweet variety of apple like gala, delicious, honey crisp , fuji or red granny smith.
The sweetness was just right for us. If you like the rice pudding more sweet then add maple or agave syrup as desired starting with 1 tablespoon at a time.
If you are not fond of dates or apples do the following-
Option 1- stir in ¼ cup or more maple or agave syrup (after pudding is done) Option 2- add 1/3rd cup sugar of choice.
Option 3 – if you consume dairy then 1/3rd cup or more condensed milk after pudding is done.
I have used risotto rice that is arborio rice because of its natural creamy outcome. You may use rice of your choice. Read the post paragraph above where I have briefly explained which rice to use and what will be the taste and texture.
You may skip flavoring like cinnamon or nutmeg if you aren’t fond of it. You may even flavor the rice pudding with ½ teaspoon chai spice or pumpkin spice instead.
You may add in cranberries or nuts to make it more rich and festive for your holiday table.
I haven’t tried freezing rice pudding yet. It is over before I know.
This is a small batch recipe. You may double up the recipe or increase further if desired. Makes a great fuss free dessert for any occasion like potluck, birthday, parties.
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