Rice pudding is a Scandinavian Christmas tradition that I love! We had a 'Christmas Tour' at Kronborg Castle the other day and the tour guide reminded us just how special the ingredients are and what a treat it is to be able to eat rice pudding. The rice has to be peeled and specially prepared before it has that distinctive rice pudding texture, cinnamon had to be specially brought from the East (which wasn't easy in the old days!) and the porridge was cooked in milk - an absolute luxury in the olden days. And now we just take all those things for granted.
So I challenge you - cook this recipe and really focus on the goodness of all the ingredients. The colour and stickiness of the rice, the creaminess of the coconut milk, the richness of the cherries and the smell of the cinnamon. Soak it all in. Savour it.
As you might expect - my version of this recipe is dairy free, although I did serve it topped with butter (which you can just skip!).
[Serves 2, 40 minutes cooking time, 12 hour wait (optional)]
80g rice pudding rice*
1 tin coconut milk
300ml water (+extra if needed)
1 tbsp butter (optional)
Plenty of cinnamon
* (if you can't find this you can use risotto or white rice, but adjust cooking times accordingly)
Place the rice and water in a pot, add a pinch of salt and allow to simmer for 30 minutes
(add more water if needed)
(Optional) leave in the pot overnight
Add 1 tin coconut milk and heat over a low heat for 10-15 minutes until piping hot, make sure to stir regularly!
Serve topped with butter, cinnamon and whichever other toppings you choose.
As you may know - I'm all about blood sugar balancing! That means whilst this recipe contains a nice source of fat (from the coconut milk) it is somewhat lacking the fibre and protein I normally recommend you adding at every meal. But it's Christmas. And sometimes we just need to enjoy food instead of always trying to be perfectly healthy.
If you do want to support your body in balancing blood sugar, here are some tips:
- Use home-made apple sauce made with no added sugar and apples with their peel still on to up the fibre content of this meal
- Eat the rice pudding cold, as rice has more resistant starch (which like fibre can't be digested so easily) when cooled down
- Add a good amount of nuts or nut butter to increase the protein and fibre content
- Add fresh apples or pears
- Add an un-processed protein powder like hemp powder