This creamy brown rice pudding is made with whole grain brown rice and is flavored with cinnamon, ginger, and orange zest. It’s refined sugar free because it’s sweetened with maple syrup. Make a batch on the stovetop today for a healthier dessert.

small bowl of brown rice pudding garnished with orange peel on a light grey backdrop

Rice pudding is an underrated dessert, in my opinion. It’s got creamy texture, sweet flavor, is made from pantry staples, and easy to prepare on the stovetop.

Traditional rice pudding is made with white rice and cane sugar. As a Registered Dietitian, I wanted to make a rice pudding recipe that was a bit more nutritious, so this recipe features whole grain brown rice and just 1/3 cup of maple syrup as the sweetener.

Looking for other healthier dessert recipes? Try these healthy brownies, healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, or healthy peanut butter cookies.

This rice pudding with brown rice is made in a saucepan on the stovetop. It takes about one hour to prepare, and makes 4 heaping servings. This recipe is vegetarian, gluten free, nut free, and soy free.

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Ingredients in brown rice pudding

Here is everything you need to make this recipe:

Kitchen tools needed

You’ll need a medium sized saucepan and a wooden stirring spoon, as well as measuring cups and spoons to make this recipe.

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How to make brown rice pudding

  1. Cook brown rice in two cups of water on the stovetop according to package instructions. This should take about 30 minutes.
  2. Once brown rice is fully cooked, add the milk. Bring to a simmer, then add the spices, salt, vanilla extract, and orange zest.
  3. Add maple syrup and raisins.
  4. Cook for 30-35 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so, until pudding is thicker and quite creamy.
  5. Serve warm with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Can I use short grain or long grain brown rice?

I recommend using short grain or medium grain brown rice, and avoiding long grain brown rice for this recipe. Short and medium grain brown rice kernels have a tendency to be softer and cling together when cooked, which helps enhance the creamy consistency of rice pudding.

Can I use white rice?

While I haven’t tried using white rice, I believe you can make this recipe with no issues using white rice. Just reduce the cooking time at the beginning, because white rice cooks faster than brown rice.

Can I use another type of milk?

I’ve only tested this recipe with whole milk. If you use a lower fat percentage milk, the rice pudding may not taste as creamy and rich.

You can also make this rice pudding with plant-based milk to make it a vegan recipe. I would recommend a creamier plant-based milk, such as oat milk or soy milk, to ensure it still has a rich and creamy consistency.

saucepan with brown rice pudding with a spoon

Storing and reheating brown rice pudding

You can store brown rice pudding in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Reheat individual portions in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute, until warmed through. If it thickens up a lot, add a splash of milk before microwaving.

Brown rice nutrition & health benefits

You may be wondering, “is brown rice healthier than white rice”? Brown rice is a whole grain, which contains all parts of a whole grain: the bran, the germ, and the endosperm. White rice is simply brown rice that has been processed to remove the bran and the germ.

Most of the nutrients in rice are found within the bran and the germ. The bran contains fiber, protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. The germ also contains protein and healthy fats.

Brown rice overall has more fiber, magnesium, manganese, and selenium than white rice. One half cup of cooked brown rice provides:

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small bowl of brown rice pudding garnished with orange peel on a light grey backdrop

Creamy Cinnamon Brown Rice Pudding

  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This creamy brown rice pudding is made with whole grain brown rice and is flavored with cinnamon, ginger, and orange zest. It’s refined sugar free because it’s sweetened with maple syrup. Make a batch on the stovetop today for a healthier dessert.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup medium grain brown rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Cook brown rice on the stovetop in a medium saucepan according to package instructions. This should take about 30 minutes.
    cooked brown rice in a saucepan
  2. Once rice is fully cooked, add the milk.
  3. Bring the milk to a simmer, then stir in the cinnamon, ginger, salt, vanilla extract, and orange zest.
    milk and cinnamon and brown rice in a saucepan for brown rice pudding recipe
  4. Continue to simmer the rice, stirring every 5 minutes or so.
  5. Cook for 30-35 minutes, until rice has absorbed most of the milk and has thickened up to a very creamy consistency.
  6. Stir in the maple syrup and raisins, continue to cook for 2-3 minutes for all the flavors to meld.
    brown rice pudding in a saucepan with a spoon
  7. Serve warm with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Notes

Can I use short grain or long grain brown rice?

I recommend using short grain or medium grain brown rice, and avoiding long grain brown rice for this recipe. Short and medium grain brown rice kernels have a tendency to be softer and cling together when cooked, which helps enhance the creamy consistency of rice pudding.

Can I use white rice?

While I haven’t tried using white rice, I believe you can make this recipe with no issues using white rice. Just reduce the cooking time at the beginning, because white rice cooks faster than brown rice.

Can I use another type of milk?

I’ve only tested this recipe with whole milk. If you use a lower fat percentage milk, the rice pudding may not taste as creamy and rich.

You can also make this rice pudding with plant-based milk to make it a vegan recipe. I would recommend a creamier plant-based milk, such as oat milk or soy milk, to ensure it still has a rich and creamy consistency.

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