Strawberry Coconut Rice Pudding (Dairy Free)



I am very happy to once again be participating in The Holiday Recipe Club organized by Erin of the Big Fat Baker. It is a wonderful event in which a group of us bloggers come together and create our own recipes.


For this event, we were asked to create a recipe that incorporated at least one of these ingredients in it: strawberries, beef and/or heavy cream. I chose to go with strawberries as I felt like it was the food that most represented Valentine’s Day. Strawberries are red, sweet and heart healthy.  Strawberries are a favorite in my family. Whenever I put them in a dessert, the dessert is gobbled up. Fortunately, this recipe was no exception. 


Have you ever had rice pudding? I’m a huge fan of it. I make a dairy-free version of it several times a year using coconut milk and raisins. The replacement of strawberries and addition of coconut to the traditional pudding recipe makes this pudding amazing. Seriously. My daughter ate it last night for dessert and woke up this morning and begged to eat it again for breakfast. I gave in because it sounded really good to me too!



So what makes this treat good for you? Strawberries are an excellent source of antioxidants, Vitamin C, manganese, fiber and folate. Brown rice provides protein, fiber and iron. Cinnamon helps normalize blood glucose levels and coconut milk is rich in lauric acid which is one of nature’s most potent, natural immune boosters.

Ingredients:
3 cups cooked short grain brown rice
2 cups strawberries, sliced
1 can coconut milk (I use this brand because the cans are BPA free)
1/4 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. natural strawberry flavoring (optional)
1 tsp. cinnamon

Place rice, coconut milk, sugar, vanilla, flavoring and cinnamon into a large pot and cook over medium low heat for 10 minutes. Stir frequently. Reduce heat to low and add in 1 cup of the sliced strawberries. Stir well and cook for 5 more minutes or until the pudding has thickened.

Remove pot from heat and let cool for 15 minutes. Place pudding into serving dishes and top with the strawberries and shredded coconut. 


Makes 6 servings.





I love participating in this event alongside so many talented bloggers because I never know what wonderful recipes the other participants are going to create. It’s such a fun surprise!

This recipe is linked to Gluten-Free WednesdaysStrut Your Stuff SaturdayAllergy Friendly FridayFull Plate ThursdayMidweek FiestaTempt My Tummy TuesdaySlightly Indulgent TuesdayInspire Me MondayWellness Weekend and Seasonal Inspiration.
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Comments

  1. How fun is this! I LOVE rice pudding and the coconut strawberry combo would have me going back for bowl after bowl after bowl. Ever and anon.

  2. Strawberries plus coconut? Sounds like a winning combination…and beautiful, too~

  3. Ok, I totally need to make this, I bet this would be good for my breakfast! :)

  4. It really is good for breakfast or any time of the day. And I do have a problem of going back for more… bowl after bowl!

  5. Yum!! I love rice pudding and this looks like a super tasty variation. I love your use of coconut milk, too! I must try this asap. And I think my rice loving BF would gobble this up as well :)

  6. What a creative pudding. Looks wonderful, and a great choice for the ingredients!

  7. I have never made rice pudding even though I do enjoy it. Looks like I'll have to fix that soon with this!

  8. Looks divine my friend. What a fun link-up party! Sorry I don't have a recipe on hand to share, but if I make something (it will have to be with strawberries, as I don't eat beef or heavy cream) I will definitely share. :-)

    Hugs,
    –Amber

  9. What a fabulous dessert. I just love coconut and with the strawberries, I am sure the pudding is delicious. As a newbie to gf eating, I will be visiting often to get ideas!!

  10. Oh this looks so delicious!!

  11. I am so glad you found my site Kristen. I hope it helps you on your journey to eating GF. I know it is not easy at first, but hopefully you will find foods that you like just as much (if not better) than those filled with gluten.

  12. Strawberries and coconut what a wonderful combination for a rice pudding. Thanks for sharing.

  13. great recipe…thanks for sharing..

  14. I think I will have to give it a try! Great to see a vegan friendly dessert!

  15. Congratulations!!This delicious post is featured at today 'Midweek Fiesta'…Hope to see you at today's party too…

  16. Thank you so much Amy! I am honored.

  17. Anonymous says:

    nice idea..thanks for sharing....

  18. GFHomemaker says:

    I haven’t made rice pudding in a long while.  This version sounds wonderful!  Thanks for sharing it at GF Wednesdays for the strawberry theme.

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