Saturday, February 18, 2012

Healthy slow cooker plum rice pudding

 I like a good rice pudding.  This is a pretty simple rice pudding recipe which I make a lot.  This pudding is a good use for some leftover rice and fruit and makes a nice snack.  It is wholesome and tasty, but it's not rich or heavy.  If you like healthy desserts, you will probably like this.  On the other hand, if you aren't a health foods-type, you might not like this pudding so much.  :-)

However, you can upgrade this dessert to make it luscious and rich dessert: use a fattier milk (such as full-fat coconut) and a lot of sugar/sweetener.  If you try variants on the basic pudding, let me know how it goes!

To make a simple rice pudding in your slow cooker, you will need:

  • 1-1 1/2 cups rice (I used white basmati, but brown would work well here too, and be healthier!)
  • Diced dried fruit of choice (I used plum amazins; raisins are also really good here), to taste
  • 2-3 green cardamom pods, crushed
  • 4 cups or so of milk of choice (I used Almond breeze)
  • Sweetener to taste

  1. Spray your slow cooker with nonstick spray or butter it up!  I used a 1.5 quart slow cooker here, and it was at least 3/4 full...  if you are using a different size cooker, adjust the quantities of everything else accordingly.
  2. Add all ingredients to the cooker.
  3. Cook everything on low for a few hours, until the rice is cooked!  (In my cooker this took ~3 hours, but really the time will depend so much on your individual crock...)
  4. Enjoy!

This recipe was inspired by Anupy Singla.

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