Fruit Bliss Rice Pudding
Everybody in my family loves dessert–the sweeter the better. But I am always concerned about the sugar load my kids, husband, and I consume. Based on the data, I can see that it’s easy to exceed the recommended guidelines for sugar. The American Heart Association says that adult women should have just 5 teaspoons (20 grams) of sugar per day, adult men’s recommended sugar intake is 9 teaspoons (36 grams), and children's recommended sugar intake is 3 teaspoons (12 grams). To put that in context, a can of soda alone can have as many as 10 teaspoons of sugar.
I’m always on the lookout for options that enable me to adhere to the guidelines while satisfying my family’s collective sweet tooth. One way I found to do this is to just serve Fruit Bliss fruits on their own–after all, they have no added sugar and are plenty sweet. The kids and hubby go for this option quite regularly, but sometimes it’s nice to change it up.
There is a Turkish dessert called Sutlac (rice pudding), which I love to eat whenever we visit Turkey. I decided to experiment with this traditional recipe to make it better suit our family’s taste. This version not only lacks added sugar, it’s vegan. So if you are dairy-free you can indulge with abandon.
If you are watching your carbohydrates, and not just your sugar intake, then you will likely want to reduce your portion size or add nuts to boost the protein to carbohydrate quotient. Between the rice, the honey, and the dried fruit, this dessert doesn’t rank too well on the glycemic index. But, if you are just looking for a (vegan) dessert with less sugar than many others, then this is a great go to. And, if you really want to go for something decadent whip up some cream and serve with some on top.
Makes: 4 servings
- 1/2 cup medium-grain rice, preferably arborio
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 teaspoon Non-GMO cornstarch
- Pinch of salt
- 2 1/4 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup Fruit Bliss Dates, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup Fruit Bliss apricots, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Freshly grated nutmeg to taste
1. Combine rice, sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a heavy saucepan. Gradually stir in almond milk. Bring to a simmer over high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and simmer gently, stirring often, until the rice is tender and the pudding is creamy, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in Fruit Bliss dates and apricots and vanilla. Cover the pan and let stand for 10 minutes, or until ready to serve.
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes