This delicious vegan pumpkin brown rice pudding is packed with ingredients that are good for you, like brown rice and pumpkin, of course, and almond milk and molasses. Vegan, gluten-free and can be made nut-free with coconut milk or hemp milk.
My Pumpkin Brown Rice Pudding is a super-fun way to sneak "healthy" in with delicious.
But wait, let's not start with healthy. Let's start with delicious because that's what this dish is-- absolutely, mind blowingly delicious. So delicious in fact that you might have a hard time sharing it.
And as for the healthy part-- besides the pumpkin and the brown rice, both stars on the health front, we have almond milk which is way healthier and way tastier than dairy milk. Then there is cinnamon and molasses lending their cozy warmth to this bowl of goodness. And yes, there's sugar, but that's because you really can't make a dessert without it.
I must admit I was a little skeptical about adding brown rice but I couldn't be happier I did. I used fragrant brown basmati, but you can go with arborio, a medium-grain rice often used in puddings. The brown rice takes a little longer to cook but it's so perfect in here that you will wonder why you ever used white rice in your puddings. To make this dish just a little richer, I stirred in a small amount of cashew cream toward the end. You can completely skip it if you're so inclined (although I don't see why you would).
This recipe is pretty much fool-proof. If you can measure some rice into a cup and stir a pot with a ladle you are pretty much set. Even better, you can make this recipe a couple of days in advance and let it sit in the refrigerator until it's all ready to serve. No warming, no fussing. And the standing and chilling makes it even more delicious, if possible.
Thanksgiving's almost here. So what are you waiting for? Here's the recipe.
A quick note about the nutrition labels I post on these recipes. The information is always per serving and you can find the number of servings right on top of each recipe. In case of our Pumpkin Brown Rice Pudding we have 16 servings and the nutrition info below is for one serving of pudding.
More vegan pudding recipes
- Vegan Pumpkin Bread Pudding
- Vegan Bananas Foster Bread Pudding
- Vegan PBJ Bread Pudding
- Vegan Vermicelli Pudding
- Vegan Breakfast Bread Pudding
Vegan Pumpkin Brown Rice Pudding
- 1 cup brown rice
- 1 ¼ cups of pumpkin puree (use canned or fresh-- I used canned. If you plan to make your own, be sure to roast the pumpkin pieces before you puree them)
- 5 cups almond milk
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¾ to 1 cup sugar (you can use brown sugar and skip the molasses)
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- ¼ cup cashew pieces soaked in ¼ cup almond milk for 30 minutes, then blended into a smooth cream
- Place the rice in a microwave-safe bowl and cover with an inch of water. Zap for 10 minutes and then let it stand in the hot water for at least 2 hours.
- Strain the rice and place it in a large pot with the almond milk. Heat on medium-high until the almond milk starts to boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and let the mixture cook, stirring every few minutes, for 15 minutes.
- Mix together the pumpkin puree, vanilla and molasses. Add a little almond milk if needed to make a homogeneous mixture.
- Add the pumpkin puree mixture to the rice and milk mixture along with the sugar and stir well to mix. Don't add all the sugar at once-- add about half a cup and then add a little at a time, adjusting to your taste.
- Continue to cook the pudding, stirring frequently, until most of the almond milk has evaporated. This should take about 30-45 minutes more. You want a slightly runny mixture at the end because puddings firm up as they stand. Stir in the cashew cream at the very end.
- Remove the pudding to a bowl, cover with a plastic wrap, and chill. To serve, ladle into bowls, sprinkle a little brown sugar on top and garnish with toasted almond slivers.
I made this on Sunday for the weekday breakfasts ahead. It turned out perfectly, delicious, healthy, and not too sweet. I used honey instead of sugar, which worked well. This recipe makes a lot for one person - you could halve it and have enough for a week of breakfasts. It's a little too healthy seeming for dessert to me, but it would work for a vegan feast.
Robin, thanks for the feedback. So glad you liked it. 🙂
Wow! What a great way to use pumpkin-have pinned this. I will use gour when I make it- can't wait, thanks 🙂
Sarojini, hope you try it!
This looks so much like the Bengali payesh made with jaggery. I must try that roasted pumpkin part. Looks delicious Vaish. 🙂
Thanks, Sharmila. I wish I could have some payesh now. 🙂
Hey nice use of pumpkin puree, I have just finished a jar last week... I never roast the pumpkins before pureeing them, but the idea sounds so much more delicious. Good recipe ! Bookmarked 🙂
Hi Nupur, roasting the pumpkins intensifies the flavor and also removes the raw, acrid taste. Hope you try it!
This looks divine! I have a whole lot of brown rice that's gone a little old and I had to sun dry it. This looks like a perfect way to use some of it up. Cinnamon, pumpkin, molasses.... Cant wait to try this!
Thanks, SS. Old rice would work perfectly in this. 🙂