Instant Pot Rice Pudding (Dairy-Free)

An Instant Pot rice pudding recipe made dairy-free with minimal pantry ingredients. This easy rice pudding recipe is vegan (no eggs required!!), hardly any effort to prepare in the pressure cooker, is thick and creamy and the perfect dessert to share with the whole family. 

This post includes instructions on how to make traditional rice pudding (or arroz con leche) using milk and condensed milk.

Instant Pot Rice Pudding Recipe made dairy-free using coconut milk (arroz con leche de coco)

 

Rice pudding is one of those desserts I tend to forget about and then rejoice when I remember its existence. Thick, creamy, perfectly sweet and cinnamony with a nice little chew…it’s a pudding lover’s dream! 

Many countries have their own take on rice pudding. For instance, arroz con leche in Mexico and South American countries, Kheer in India, Philippino Biko, and Guatemala, Japan, Sweden, Germany, Newfoundland, Greece, and Portugal all have a unique take on the dessert.

In case you have never tried rice pudding, I’ll give you the quick run down. Made with white rice, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and sometimes raisins, the pudding has a thick texture from the combination of milk and starch from the rice in addition to a bit of a chewiness. You could compare the concept to tapioca pudding, but with rice instead of tapioca pearls.

Rice pudding is traditionally served chilled, but it can also be served warm. I recommend preparing the recipe in advance to allow for chill time.

Instant Pot Rice Pudding Recipe made dairy-free using coconut milk (arroz con leche de coco)

In order to make dairy-free rice pudding, I use full-fat canned coconut milk and use pure maple syrup instead of sugar. I have provided options to change up the milks and sweeteners later in the post.

Rice pudding is so incredibly easy to make and is fun to share with friends and family, AND it is even easier to make it in the Instant Pot than the stove top. It is a wonderful dessert that can be enjoyed any time of the year, and is awesome for celebrating Cinco de Mayo (although be sure to call it “arroz con leche,” or in this case, “arroz con leche de coco.” 😉

Let’s do a deep dive.

Ingredients for Rice Pudding:

White Rice: You can use long-grain or short grain white rice. Avoid using arborio, instant rice, or brown rice, as they need different preparation instructions.

Coconut Milk: Keeping this recipe dairy-free, use full-fat canned coconut milk. You will need 2 cans – one for cooking into the rice, and one for stirring into the rice after it has finished cooking. Note that this is different from cartons of coconut milk.

The full-fat canned coconut milk makes the pudding extra creamy and decadent. If you don’t follow a dairy-free diet, you can use whole milk.

Pure Maple Syrup: For sweetening the rice pudding, I use pure maple syrup. You can also use coconut sugar or coconut palm syrup. If you consume cane sugar, feel free to use brown sugar or granulated sugar.

Cinnamon: This thick and sultry rice pudding is made so nice and flavorful with the addition of cinnamon. Be sure to not skip it! It provides warm flavor and a counterbalance to all the creaminess.

Cinnamon Stick: I wholeheartedly believe rice pudding should be made with a cinnamon stick in addition to ground cinnamon, but this is an optional ingredient. It adds more cinnamon flavor, but also a freshness that is difficult to put into words. If you don’t have one on hand, skip it.

Vanilla Extract: While optional, vanilla extract provides lovely warm flavor to the rice pudding.

That’s it! All ingredients you likely have on hand in your pantry – no eggs required!

Instant Pot Rice Pudding Recipe made dairy-free using coconut milk (arroz con leche de coco)

 

How to Make Rice Pudding:

Add rice to a bowl or pot and cover with water. Soak 5 minutes, then drain.

Transfer the soaked rice to the Instant Pot along with one of the cans of coconut milk, water, pure maple syrup, ground cinnamon, cinnamon stick and sea salt. 

How to make easy rice pudding in the pressure cooker

Stir well until ingredients are combined.

How to make easy rice pudding in the pressure cooker

Secure the lid on the pressure cooker and press Manual or Pressure Cook. Adjust the time to 10 minutes and pressure cook on high, leaving the valve sealed. Once the Instant Pot has finished running its course, allow it to naturally release for 10 minutes. Manually release the remaining pressure by opening the steam valve.

Pressure cooker rice pudding (dairy-free)

Open the lid and stir. Pour in the second can of coconut milk and pure vanilla extract.

Easy rice pudding recipe with coconut milk

Easy rice pudding recipe with coconut milk

Stir well and taste for flavor. Add more pure maple syrup (or sugar) to taste.

Either serve rice pudding hot immediately or transfer to tupperware and chill in the refrigerator. Note: rice pudding is traditionally served cold. Serve cold with a drizzle of coconut milk and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.

How to Make Rice Pudding Using Milk and Condensed Milk:

If you’re looking for a traditional approach to rice pudding or arroz con leche, here’s what you do: When cooking the rice pudding in the pressure cooker, use 2 cups of whole milk instead of 1 can of full-fat coconut milk and swap the pure maple syrup for 3 tablespoons of cane sugar or brown sugar. 

You will still pressure cook on high for 10 minutes then naturally 10 minutes. Release remaining pressure using the quick release valve, then open the lid.

Add in one can of sweetened condensed milk instead of adding the can of coconut milk. 

Stir well and taste for flavor. Add more sweetener if desired.

Either serve arroz con leche hot immediately or transfer to tupperware and chill in the refrigerator. Serve cold with a drizzle of cream or milk and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.

Can I Make Rice Pudding in a Crock Pot?

Looking for a slow cooker version of rice pudding? Check out my Crock Pot Rice Pudding recipe.

Instant Pot Rice Pudding Recipe made dairy-free using coconut milk (arroz con leche de coco)

Recipe Adaptations:

  • For cooking the rice pudding, use 2 cups of whole milk instead of 1 can of full-fat coconut milk. Replace the second can of coconut milk (which is added after cooking the rice in the Instant Pot) with a can of condensed milk. If you choose to go this route, decrease the amount of sweetener you use (pure maple syrup or sugar) to 3 tablespoons.
  • Add ¼ to ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Add a pinch of cardamom if you have it on hand.
  • If you have raisins on hand, add ⅓ cup either during or after the cooking process. If you add them to the Instant Pot for the cooking process, they will puff up and become magical.

 

More Pudding Recipes:

Enjoy this pudding for breakfast…with a fried egg and side of bacon. Kidding. But serious.

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Instant Pot Rice Pudding Recipe made dairy-free using coconut milk (arroz con leche de coco)

Instant Pot Rice Pudding

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: dairy free, dessert, instant pot, rice pudding, vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Author: Julia

Instant Pot Easy Rice Pudding made dairy-free with coconut milk

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Instructions

  1. Add rice to a bowl or pot and cover with water. Soak 5 minutes, then drain.

  2. Transfer the soaked rice to the Instant Pot along with one of the cans of coconut milk, water, pure maple syrup, ground cinnamon, cinnamon stick and sea salt. Stir well until ingredients are combined.

  3. Secure the lid on the pressure cooker and press Manual or Pressure Cook. Adjust the time to 10 minutes and pressure cook on high, leaving the valve sealed. Once the Instant Pot has finished running its course, allow it to naturally release for 10 minutes. Manually release the remaining pressure by opening the steam valve.

  4. Open the lid and stir. Pour in the second can of coconut milk and pure vanilla extract.

  5. Stir well and taste for flavor. Add more pure maple syrup (or sugar) to taste.

  6. Either serve rice pudding hot immediately or transfer to tupperware and chill in the refrigerator. Note: rice pudding is traditionally served cold. Serve cold with a drizzle of coconut milk and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.

Dairy-Free Instant Pot Rice Pudding

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  1. Shirley

    This recipe reminds me of when I was little and my sisters and I could hardly wait for our rice pudding after dinner.
    We always checked to see which bowl had the most.

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