Coconut Rice Pudding

Coconut Rice Pudding

I have some exciting news.  I was unable to connect to the internet for 24 hours and I survived! 

Well, maybe that isn’t that exciting, but isn’t it funny how we react when things like the power goes out, or your cell phone battery dies.  You almost feel lost without it.  Think back to the days when there was no power.  I remember the days having to use a pay phone.  In high school we didn’t have cell phones, between classes I would run to the pay phone if I had to make a call.  And texting friends?  Forget it, we passed notes to each other.   If I was on the way to the store and I needed to call someone, I waited until I got home, there was no luxury of chatting on the phone while driving.  How about GPS?  Growing up, road trips meant trip tics from AAA and fumbling with maps when we made the wrong turn. 

How did I make it through those years?

Those were the times.  When you think back on the technical advancements in the last 25 years, it’s crazy to think where we have come.  VCR’s are a thing of the past and most people listen to music on an MP3, except for me.  I still like my CD’s.

Coconut Rice Pudding

Sometimes it’s nice to step away from technology, to put the cell phones down, turn the iPad off and shut down the internet.  Sure in my case, I lost the internet not by choice, but it was kind of nice just to relax and not feel like I had to do work on the computer.  Although, I did miss out on good seats for the Michael Buble concert and I had to wait a little longer before I placed an order on Pottery Barn Kid’s.   I really dont spend that much time online, but Mr. Mother Thyme would probably disagree. 

I originally created this recipe for Coconut Rice Pudding back in January and have been making it for awhile.  The kids love it!  It’s thick, creamy, and unlike some puddings, it is made without eggs.  When I originally created this, I used almond milk and then recently I started using coconut milk, like Silk instead.  It is so good!  I love topping it with fresh berries, particuarly blackberries.  The flavors of the juicy blackberries and the sweetness from the rice pudding really work well together for a delicious dessert. 


Coconut Rice Pudding

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 3 cups coconut milk (like Silk), divided
  • 3/4 cup arborio rice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups coconut milk, rice and a salt to a boil of medium heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally until most of the milk is absorbed, about 12 minutes.
  2. Slowly stir in remaining coconut milk, sugar, cinnamon and cardamom. Increase heat to medium low and continue to cook uncovered for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally until thick and creamy.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool at room temperature.
  4. Pour into a bowl, cover and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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  1. Yum! I’ve had rice pudding on my mind lately! We went without internet for 3 weeks when we moved house…it nearly killed me! I thought I was in a black hole! I remember in my last year of high school only 2 people in the whole year had mobile phones…so different these days!

  2. We do become addicted and dependent on technology. When I was in college ,and went abroad, my parent received weekly (if the mail and I were good) LETTERS. As in, written on paper, stuck in an envelope, stamped and mailed at a post office. When my daughter went abroad in college, we had almost daily emails (or blog updates) and weekly cell phone calls. To be honest, I don’t know how my mother slept. I depended on those “I’m ok” updates from my daughter. Time and technology impact us all.
    I adore creamy rice pudding and was happily surprised at how little sugar is in this recipe. The berries seem like an excellent compliment to the pudding! I will be making this soon. Thanks!

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