1 hr 45 mins
We share with you a scrumptious and nutritious dessert that is sure to tickle your taste buds. Our wild rice pudding is a unique twist on the classic rice pudding, combining the nutty goodness of wild rice with the creamy sweetness of the traditional pudding. Not only is it a treat for your palate, but it also packs a punch of health benefits, making it a guilt-free indulgence.
To create this delectable wild rice pudding, you’ll need the following ingredients:
Before we dive into the recipe, let’s take a moment to appreciate the health benefits of wild rice. Unlike white rice, wild rice is a whole grain that retains its bran and germ layers, making it rich in fiber, essential minerals, and vitamins. It is an excellent source of protein and antioxidants, promoting heart health and aiding in digestion. The low-calorie content of wild rice makes it a perfect addition to a balanced diet, and its nutty flavor enhances the overall taste of dishes.
In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the rinsed wild rice with 2 cups of water. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan with a lid, and let the rice simmer for approximately 45 minutes or until the grains are tender and have popped open. Drain any excess water and set the cooked wild rice aside.
In a separate large saucepan, pour in the milk and add the cooked wild rice, sugar, and salt. Stir the mixture gently and bring it to a simmer over medium heat. Allow it to cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the milk thickens and the rice absorbs some of it, resulting in a creamy texture.
Once the pudding base has reached the desired creamy consistency, stir in the vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, raisins, and chopped almonds (if using). These additions will infuse the pudding with a wonderful aroma and create a delightful medley of flavors and textures.
Transfer the prepared wild rice pudding into individual serving bowls or a large dessert dish. For an extra treat, garnish with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and a few raisins on top. Serve the pudding warm for a comforting experience or chilled for a refreshing twist.