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Dairy Free Rice Pudding

Dairy free rice pudding

It is many years since I have made a rice pudding, but it brings back memories of childhood. It is something my mother used to make when we were small. To make this one dairy free I have substituted the milk and cream for coconut milk and cream, and added cardamon to the cinnamon stick to add a fragrant flavour.


  • 1 cup white rice (uncooked)
  • 3 cardamon pods
  • 200ml coconut cream
  • 100ml coconut milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 Tbsp honey
  • A little ground cinnamon to garnish
  • Fruit to garnish (berries or mango)


  1. Put the rice in a pot. Add the cardamon pods. Add 2 1/2 cups of water and cook for approximately 15 minutes until cooked through (you might need to cook quicker or longer depending on the exact type of rice that you are using. Short grain pudding rice is a good choice, but Basmati or other long grain rices you might have in house are also OK).
  2. Ensure that there is no water left in the rice through draining or boiling dry dependent on the type of rice.
  3. Add the coconut cream, coconut milk, salt and cinnamon stick to the pot. Turn the heat down to a very low temperature. Boil the rice gently for around 5 minutes.
  4. Add the honey. Boil for another 5 minutes stirring often to avoid the rice pudding sticking.
  5. Remove from the heat when the pudding is a thick consistency and the rice has softened.
  6. Serve in small serving bowls and garnish with a little cinnamon powder. Serve with fruit (mango, berries or spiced apple are all good choices)
  7. Serves 5-6

Variations: you could also stir a handful of frozen cranberries or sultanas through the rice pudding when you add the cinnamon stick.

Music to go with it…
Listen on Spotify: Emily Rice – Find me here

Vegan Chocolate Orange Mousse

 Vegan Chocolate Mousse

When I was staying at Villa Flow in Bali they made me an avocado based chocolate mousse, and I have recreated it at home, but with some added orange. Orange chocolate has always been my favourite. Do make sure that your avocados are ripe before you make this. Unripe avocado is not a welcome flavour in a dessert. 


  • 150 g dairy-free dark chocolate, plus extra for garnishing (I used “Lindt Excellence 90% cacao” pure chocolate. It is worth checking the label to make sure you don’t get one with sugar as the first ingredient)
  • 2 large ripe avocados
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • seeds of 1 vanilla pod (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup almond milk or coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp orange peel


  1. Place a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure the base doesn’t touch the water. Break the chocolate into the bowl and allow it to melt, then set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Halve and stone the avocados. Scoop out the flesh of the avocados with a desert spoon. Add into a food processor bowl, discarding the skins.
  3. Using the finest grater you have, rasp off the peel of an orange or mandarin.
  4. Add the cocoa powder, vanilla, maple syrup, and almond/coconut milk to the food processor and blend for a few seconds. Scrape down the sides with a spatula, then blend again to ensure that it is well combined.
  5. Pour in the cooled chocolate, then blend a final time until creamy and smooth.
  6. Divide the mixture between six small bowls, and refridgerate for at least 30 minutes.

Music to go with it…
Listen on Spotify: Lower Dens – Escape from Evil