No Added Sugar Rice Pudding

This rice pudding is a favourite in our household. My toddler enjoys it for dessert but you could serve it as a snack or even breakfast. It is so easy to make, you simply add all the ingredients to one pan and cook.

I like to add cinnamon and raisins but you can always experiment with different toppings such as fresh berries or some desiccated unsweetened coconut. Older kids or adults may like a small amount of honey mixed in or some ground or chopped nuts.

The below quantities make eight desserts for my toddler. This recipe is great for the whole family and also for weaning. You can freeze this rice pudding once cooled in small individual containers. To defrost you simply take take one out of the freezer and leave it in the fridge to defrost, to reheat simply microwave it.

Yield: 8

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook time: 30 mins


  • 125g long grain rice
  • 600ml whole milk
  • 200ml coconut milk (carton milk)
  • 50g raisins
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Add all the ingredients except the raisins to a heavy bottomed saucepan.
  2. Stir and bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Frequently stir to prevent sticking to the base of the pan.
  3. Add in the raisins and continue to simmer for an additional 15 minutes and continue to stir frequently. The rice should be soft and the milk thickened.
  4. Serve warm or cold. If freezing allow the rice pudding to cool completely first.


You can use a different combination of milk(s) if you prefer. Whole milk is recommended as it creates a more creamy consistency but skimmed milk should work too. Coconut milk adds additional flavour but you can use another substitute such as almond milk if you prefer.

Pudding rice can be used instead of long grain rice. I like to keep just one type of rice in my cupboard and this recipe works fine with long grain rice.

Honey should only be given to children over 1 year of age due to the risk of bacterial spores present which can cause botulism.

For younger children and babies you can omit the raisins. Alternatively you could blitz with a handheld blender to make the texture smoother and prevent any swallowing difficulties with the raisins.

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