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Crock Pot Rice Pudding (Vegan and Naturally Sweetened)

Crock pot rice pudding recipe made dairy-free and refined sugar-free. This easy slow cooker rice pudding requires minimal ingredients and turns out so thick and creamy!
Crock Pot Rice Pudding - dairy-free, vegan, and naturally sweetened | #glutenfree #healthy #dessert #recipe

The first time I tried rice pudding, my whole world flipped upside down and sideways.

One of my best friends is from Bolivia, and back in our high school days, she would make a huge pot of arroz con leche (rice pudding) on the reg for her whole family (myself included) to enjoy. We’d eat it warm, cold, with extra sugar or milk…any way we’d choose. Arroz con Leche became my favorite thing to eat.

Like many things in life, when I idealize a food by putting it on a pedestal, I tend to stear clear of them, for fear of royally messing them up.

For this reason, I shied away from making my own rice pudding for the longest time. With crock pot season in full swing and my unrelenting need for carbs and sweets, I thought I’d plug in the ol’ slow cooker and give my own version a go.

Traditionally, rice pudding is made with short or long-grain rice, milk, cream, sugar, and sometimes cinnamon and raisins. In order to get the creamy pudding-like consistency, an egg is usually tempered in cream then added to the cooked rice.

Since we’re making this recipe silly simple in a crock pot, we’re skipping the egg altogether and giving the dessert creaminess with coconut milk. In essence, we’re doing this a la vegan, my friends. If you’re an egg-tempering maven, feel free to reserve some of the coconut milk and heat it up to temper two egg yolks, adding it to the rice pudding once it’s finished slow cooking.

What Type Of Rice To Use For Rice Pudding?:

What type of white rice should you use to make rice pudding? Short grain white rice is generally recommended, although you can get away with using other types of white rice. Sushi rice and arborio rice work great and yield a nice thick starchy result.

Crock Pot Rice Pudding - dairy-free, vegan, and naturally sweetened | #glutenfree #healthy #dessert #recipe

Origins of Rice Pudding:

As it turns out, there are tons of cultures worldwide that have their own take on rice pudding. Middle Eastern and North African countries have their own take, as well as Asian, Latin American, and European countries.

Some cultures use ginger and caraway for flavoring the rice pudding, where some even incorporate flour, rosewater, saffron, and/or date syrup, etc. Some cultures bake the rice pudding, where others slow cook it on the stove top. As it turns out, the Sri Lankan version of rice pudding incorporates coconut milk, which is the approach we’re taking with this recipe.

I figured coconut milk and rum are like two peas in a pod, so I decided to add rum once the rice had finished slow cooking. This give additional richness to the dessert without it tasting overly boozy – it just gives it that special je ne sais quois.

I also added cinnamon and cardamom, and sweetened the batch with pure maple syrup to keep it warmly spiced and refined sugar-free. For those of you who crave extra sweet in your sweet treats, feel free to go heavy on the pure maple syrup, or even add some brown sugar.

You can also add raisins, which plump up during the slow cooking process, and can serve the pudding with chopped nuts and/or fresh fruit.

And that is all! Set it, forget it, rice pudding for breakfast!

Can I Make Rice Pudding in an Instant Pot?:

Yes, absolutely! Just follow my Instant Pot Rice Pudding Recipe.

May all thy rices be pudding-d 😉

Crock Pot Rice Pudding - dairy-free, vegan, and naturally sweetened | #glutenfree #healthy #dessert #recipe

Crock Pot Rice Pudding (Vegan and Naturally Sweetened)

Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes

Creamy, dreamy easy rice pudding made in your slow cooker.


  1. Add all of the ingredients except for the vanilla extract and rum to a slow cooker (crock pot). Stir well, secure the lid, and turn the slow cooker on to its lowest setting. Allow the rice to cook 6 to 8 hours, stirring occasionally if possible.
  2. Once rice has finished cooking, add the vanilla extract and rum and stir well. Taste rice for flavor and add more pure maple syrup, cinnamon, rum, and/or coconut milk to taste. Note: If rice appears dry, continue adding coconut milk until it reaches desired creaminess.
  3. Serve either hot or chilled.
  4. Note: Store leftover rice pudding in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.


Check on the rice after a few hours and give it a

Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1 of 8
Amount Per Serving Calories 328Total Fat 23gUnsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 32gFiber 1gSugar 20gProtein 3g

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Saturday 30th of October 2021

Made this yesterday. It was delicious despite my having forgotten to add the vanilla. This was a family tradition at my grandmother's for every special occasion. Think I will revive it in my home. Thank you so much. This taste very close to the egg and milk variety I grew up with


Saturday 30th of October 2021

I'm so happy you like it, Isabelle! xoxo

Danielle C

Monday 20th of May 2019

I made this recipe and the rice came out very crunchy. What did I do wrong?


Saturday 28th of April 2018

Can you use Almond Milk in place of dairy milk?


Tuesday 8th of November 2016

I have just made this but is extremely watery. I used short grain (pudding) rice instead of the brown rice. Any help with this please?



Tuesday 8th of November 2016

Hi Georgina, I'm sorry to hear that! What kind of coconut milk did you use? My guess is the rice had something to do with the wateriness, and if you used a lighter coconut milk than the full-fat canned coconut milk, that could be the culprit, too. For the time being, can you drain some of the liquid out? Has the rice finished cooking, or is it still in the process of cooking?


Wednesday 31st of August 2016

Love it, rice never been more delicious.

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