#Recipe: Creamy Vanilla Rice Pudding with Dried Fruit

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 In my quest for healthier deserts I have been trying to get away from premade, processed sweets and turning more towards homemade. I have also started experimenting with natural sweeteners like honey and brown rice syrup. I was recently sent some brown rice syrup from Tropical Traditions to try out and thought it would be a nice addition to this creamy rice pudding recipe I found. The original recipe came from the Lundberg website, although I made a few modifications as I went along. This was incredibly easy to make and in less than 30 minutes I have a wonderful smelling rice pudding to enjoy! Of course, I made it at 8 AM so I made myself wait til after lunch to try it! Wonderfully creamy with a hint of vanilla and sweet dried fruit. The whipped cream on top is a decadent addition but if you wanted to omit it you would still have a wonderful desert! I topped it with a little bit more dried fruit for some color and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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Creamy Vanilla Rice Pudding with Dried Fruit


  • 2 cups cooked Lundberg Original Plain Roasted Brown Rice Couscous
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup brown rice syrup (I used Tropical Traditions)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream (more for garnish)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried fruit
  • cinnamon (optional for topping)


1. Cook Lundberg Original Plain Roasted Brown Rice Couscous according to package directions in a large 3 quart sauce pan.

2. Add milk, sugar and brown rice syrup to the couscous. Cook and stir over medium heat until boiling.

3. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking, for about 15 minutes, stirring often until thickened.

4. Whisk together the egg and cream until well blended. Stir in a small amount of the rice/milk mixture and then transfer back to the saucepan. Stir well and cook until the mixture comes to a boil.

5. Turn off heat and stir in vanilla and dried fruit.

Serve warm or cold with a garnish of whipped cream. To chill rice pudding, pour into a container and press top with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming on the surface.

Disclaimer:  I was provided with the brown rice syrup from Tropical Traditions to use in this recipe. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.


  1. Yummy! I love rice pudding!

  2. I love rice pudding but never thought about putting the fruit in there. I can see this will become a favorite with my family.

  3. I love couscous and only had a few recipes for it. Thanks for sharing.

  4. with couscous? ok…i’m game

  5. Mmm! I’ve been making a lot of rice pudding lately and have been looking for recipes that require less milk, just because milk is so expensive. Thanks for sharing yours!

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