Creamy Brown Rice Pudding made with simple ingredients including rice, milk, sugar, cinnamon and raisins is a healthier spin on traditional rice pudding.
A bowl of homemade brown rice pudding with raisins, and a spoon in it.

I grew up loving all versions of rice pudding, including this healthier Brown Rice Pudding and old-fashioned Baked Rice Pudding. This is a great easy and inexpensive recipe to use up leftover rice of any variety, and it’s easy to adapt to make it sweeter (add more sugar), leave out the raisins if you don’t like them, and replace the milk with dairy free alternatives.

The ingredients needed to make Brown Rice Pudding, including uncooked rice, sugar, salt, evaporated milk, vanilla, cinnamon and raisins.

How to Make Brown Rice Pudding:

  • Bring the water and brown rice to a boil in a saucepan.
  • Add salt, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 35 minutes. Remove from heat (keep covered) and allow to rest for 10 minutes before fluffing with a fork.

A pot of cooked brown rice being fluffed with a fork.

  • Stir in the milk, evaporated milk, sugar, and cinnamon.

A pot with cooked brown rice pudding with raisins added on top.

  • Simmer uncovered, stirring often, for 40-50 minutes, or until the dish is pudding consistency. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and raisins.

Recipe Variations:

  • Slow Cooker Brown Rice Pudding: Cook the rice, then add the ingredients to a slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook on LOW for 4 hours, stirring occasionally until thick.
  • Vegan Brown Rice Pudding: Replace the milk with soy or almond milk and use coconut milk in place of evaporated milk.
  • Sugar Substitute: use honey or maple syrup instead.

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Recipe

A bowl of homemade brown rice pudding with raisins, and a spoon in it.
Prep 5 mins
Cook 2 hrs 10 mins
Total 2 hrs 15 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 ounces evaporated milk , or substitute half and half or cream
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ - 1 cups raisins

Instructions
 

  • Bring the water and brown rice to a boil in a saucepan. 
  • Add salt, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 35 minutes. Remove from heat (keep covered) and allow to rest for 10 minutes before fluffing with a fork.
    A saucepan of cooked brown rice being fluffed with a fork.
  • Stir in the milk, evaporated milk, sugar, and cinnamon. Simmer uncovered, stirring often, for 40-50 minutes, or until the dish is pudding consistency.
    Cooked brown rice pudding in a saucepan with raisins on the side, about to be added.
  •  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and raisins. 
    A pot with cooked brown rice pudding with raisins added on top.

Notes

Recipe Variations:
  • Slow Cooker Brown Rice Pudding: Cook the rice, then add the ingredients to a slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook on LOW for 4 hours, stirring occasionally until thick. 
  • Vegan Brown Rice Pudding: Replace the milk with soy or almond milk and use coconut milk in place of evaporated milk.
  • Sugar Substitute: use honey or maple syrup instead.

Nutrition

Calories: 266kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 6gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 180mgPotassium: 269mgFiber: 1gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 160IUVitamin C: 0.7mgCalcium: 162mgIron: 0.8mg

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I originally shared this recipe May 2014. Updated January 2021.

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  1. I’m trying to remember if I’ve ever had brown rice pudding?? I don’t think I have! Now I’ve got a recipe – I need to try it. Thanks!

  2. Hello, have you tried this recipe or similar one in Instapot? I am trying to come up with another alternative to oatmeal breakfasts for my kids (they said they are sick of oatmeal every day :). So I would make it in the am and was wondering if it’s possible to somehow cook rice pudding within 30 min in an instapot. Thank you in advance.

  3. I love rice pudding! Thanks for the recipe! And a note to the commenter about breakfast – I grew up eating rice pudding cold for breakfast, and still like it that way! I prefer to leave the raisins out since I don’t care for cooked raisins, but will often top my cold rice pudding with craisins and chia seeds, or raspberries!

  4. 5 stars
    I just tried making rice pudding for the first time this evening. This was an excellent recipe and quite delicious! Many thanks.

    I doubled the recipe and it worked out very well. I slightly tweaked the recipe by adding more cinnamon and vanilla, but that’s only because I love those two ingredients lol.

    My biggest tip for anyone cooking brown rice is to soak it in water first. It’s easy to put dry rice into a fine mesh strainer, lower it into a pot of water, and ensure the rice is covered. Leave it for about a half hour or so, then drain well before cooking. Since I started using this method my rice always turns out perfectly.

  5. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe – thank you! That is the best tasting rice pudding and healthier due to the brown rice. I swapped the semi skimmed and evaporated milk for whole milk because that is all I had and it still worked perfectly.