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Brown Rice Pudding


  • 4 c water
  • 1 c brown rice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter
  • 4 c soy milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp agave
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split open (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • pinch of ground cardamom
  • ½ c dried sour cherries (or any dried fruit you fancy)


  1. Rinse brown rice in a strainer under cold water for 30 seconds. Set aside.

  2. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Stir in brown rice and salt. Turn flame down to medium and simmer rice, uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. After 30 minutes, drain rice and water. Let rice sit in strainer for 10 seconds and then return to the pot you cooked it in (not over a flame) and immediately put a tight fitting lid on the pot. Let rice rest and steam for 10 minutes.

  3. Once rice is cooked, place it in a bowl and set aside. Add 4 cups of soy milk, sugar, agave, cinnamon stick, pinch of cardamom and vanilla bean to the pan. Bring to a very low boil, stirring often so the soy milk doesn’t burn. Add the cooked rice, vegan butter and cherries to the hot milk. Stir often. Don’t ignore the milk or it might boil to furiously. Simmer until the milk cooks down and the rice is creamy, about 30 minutes. Place in a large bowl or serving dishes to cool. Serve cold or at room temperature.

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