Mar 08

Remixed Coconut Rice Pudding

March is National Nutrition Month, so in honor of that, the USA Rice Federation is challenging Recipe ReDux members to come up with nutritious + delicious recipes that feature U.S.-grown rice! :] Look for the “Grown in the USA Rice” logo on packages for 100% domestically grown rice at your local grocery store!

I have a couple friends who have celiac disease at med school, so by default, I would tend to try to make gluten-free recipes for any food fundraisers that I/any of the clubs at our school organized. So what happens when I want to make a super easy, potluck-friendly, gluten-free recipe? Rice to the rescue! <3

Since I’m Asian (hah…but seriously, this is what I grew up on), rice has pretty much always been a staple in my household, and I’ve used it in the past to make sushi, pineapple fried rice, and rice balls & onigiri (and a billion others). it goes well with virtually everything, and fits in rather well with my almost-nonexistent student budget.

  • Rice is naturally sodium-, cholesterol-, trans fat- and gluten-free, so it’s a great option if you want to “bulk up” a recipe to make it more filling! Sometimes, I’ll add it to soup if I feel like I won’t be full on just the soup alone!
  • Whole grains (e.g. brown rice!) has also been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses (e.g. heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers).

Check out the USA Rice Federation! They’re also on Facebook and Twitter!

The inspiration for this recipe came from my Valentine’s Day weekend, where I trekked back to West Virginia to hang out with my friend at Please Save A Cat. Our original plan had been to get sushi for dinner, but we were essentially snowed in by an impromptu blizzard.

My friend had mentioned a Puerto Rican rice pudding that she’d had before, so after we finished taking care of the cats, we decided to see if we could recreate and healthify it, since it wasn’t like we could get out anyway! πŸ˜›

We hate to waste anything, and happened to have 3 overripe bananas hanging out on the counter, so we decided to use that as a natural sweetener for the pudding! :] It helps to add to the creamy texture!

Remixed Coconut Rice Pudding

Fruit makes my world go round, and went so, so well with the pudding! <3


This is about as healthy as you can make a pudding, and nothing was sacrificed in terms of taste! :] My friend said this is the best thing I’ve come up with thus far, and that she’d gladly start eating breakfast if she could have this every morning. She doesn’t usually default to healthified recipes, so I consider this a very high compliment! :]

By posting this recipe, I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by USA Rice Federation and am eligible to win Β prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Remixed Coconut Rice Pudding

Remixed Coconut Rice Pudding


  • 2 cups U.S.-grown brown rice
  • 1 13.5 oz can coconut milk
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 cup almond milk or water
  • 3 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 apple, diced + sprinkled with cinnamon
  • 1/2-1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4-1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • fresh blackberries & raspberries, for garnish
  • 1 mango, sliced
  • 1 kiwi, sliced
  • unsweetened coconut flakes, for garnish
  • drizzle of sweetened condensed milk (optional)


  1. Combine coconut milk, water, almond milk (or water) and brown rice into rice cooker bowl*. Mix in mashed bananas, dried cranberries, and diced apple.
  2. Add vanilla extract, cinnamon sticks, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Stir to combine.
  3. Press start!
  4. When rice is finished cooking, serve in a bowl and top with sliced mangoes, kiwis, berries, coconut flakes and pecans.
  5. Drizzle with sweetened condensed milk, if desired.
  6. *If you don’t have a rice cooker, don’t worry! Just add all the ingredients from #1 to a pot and bring to a rolling boil. Add all ingredients in #2, cover, turn heat to low, and let it simmer until the liquid has been absorbed (~45 min to 1 hour). Add an additional cup of almond milk or water, stir it around, add desired toppings and serve hot!


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  1. Sonali- The Foodie Physician

    I’m loving all the spices and fresh fruit in this dish- such a perfect breakfast! Good luck with the contest πŸ™‚
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    1. Farrah

      Thank you! πŸ˜€ I would totally eat this for breakfast every day! *-*

  2. Serena

    Glad you got snowed in …so you could create this! (: Love the addition of mashed bananas!

    1. Farrah

      Haha, definitely a silver lining to that blizzard! :]

  3. Deanna Segrave-Daly

    Love the idea of rice pudding with coconut and all these lovely fruit flavors – and for breakfast no less – sign me up!

    1. Farrah

      I am all for any reason to have something dessert-like for breakfast! πŸ˜€ The coconut and fruit make this winter a little less dreary! :]

  4. Ariana

    I’ve never had rice pudding before…it’s always just sounded a little weird to me! But I have to admit this looks and sounds super delicious, and I may just have to give it a shot…
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    1. Farrah

      I don’t think I ever really had it until maybe a couple years ago(?). After making this though…I think I’d gladly have this every day. (I’d change up the fruits, but still. :O Noms!)

  5. Jess @hellotofit

    Mm I’m loving all the fruits in this rice pudding!! I’ll gladly enjoy anything with coconut in it πŸ˜‰
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    1. Farrah

      For serious! <3 Coconut and fruit in general make my world go round, so I had to throw it in to see what would happen! :]

  6. Betsy

    Looks good. I’ll have to try it!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Betsy! :]

  7. Jamaica King | rarax3.com

    Oh Farrah! The downside of following your blog… I’m always craving all our recipes! They look so delicious^^

    <3 Jamaica
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    1. Farrah

      Haha, I’m sorry! If it makes it any better, at least most of them are healthy! :D?

  8. Pragati // Simple Medicine

    This reminds of thai rice pudding – sounds yummy!
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    1. Farrah

      :D! I miss Thai food, so I’m pretty sure I was at least subconsciously influenced by that! πŸ˜›

  9. Elizabeth @ Enjoy Every Bite

    This looks so yummy! What a fun spin on rice!

    1. Farrah

      Thank you! πŸ˜€ I’ve been in the mood for dessert-ish recipes lately, so I love having this one for breakfast! <3

  10. Tiffany Khyla

    First off, I didn’t know it was National Nutrition Month, so obviously I’ve been failing. I love being Adian, so obvs I love rice. Rice everyday. I’ve never had coconut rice pudding!
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    1. Farrah

      hehehe, don’t worry! I probably wouldn’t have known if I hadn’t been looking up food holidays for new themes for Foodie Friday! πŸ˜›

      I’ve never had rice either, so I felt like I had to try making it! :]!

  11. Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    Farrah this sounds FANTASTIC!!! Love all the flavors here! Reminds me of rice pudding -delish!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Sam! πŸ˜€ I adore anything coconut, so I needed an excuse to try throwing it into rice! πŸ˜›

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