Vegan Coconut Rice Pudding with Cranberries and Pistachios

Quick and healthy Vegan Coconut Rice Pudding is a decadent breakfast you can feel good about. Almond and coconut milk cooked into rice with cardamom, cinnamon, dried cranberries and pistachios.

Within this post you’ll make a lightened-up rice pudding using Born Sweet® Zing™ Baking Blend. Plus you’ll learn about baking and cooking with Zing™ Baking Blend, as well as tips to add moisture to baked goods.

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With winter here and the holidays steadily approaching, seasonal flavors and foods are at the top of my radar. There’s been plenty of holiday themed recipes lately on the blog that include spices, cranberries, eggnog, maple, hazelnut and/or peppermint. For this Vegan Coconut Rice Pudding recipe, a combination of cinnamon, cardamom, dried cranberries and pistachios creates a perfectly balanced pairing for this healthy, lightened-up rice pudding that’s sweetened with Zing™ Baking Blend.

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Matt has set a goal to lose 25 pounds over the next 3 months (yes and still run this comfort food blog and make it through the holiday season!) He’s on track and has already lost 9 pounds in just over a month. While tracking calories, literally every one counts. I’m working with a personal trainer to tone up and quality eating is important to us both. We still love our desserts, but making recipes that are less calories or lightened-up with Zing™ Baking Blend is the best of both worlds.

This rice pudding is vegan and gluten-free, so it fits within almost any dietary choice. You’d almost think you were eating dessert for breakfast. I used almond milk instead of milk, and no eggs are needed. Creamy coconut milk thickens and flavors this rice pudding. The liquid soaks into the rice as it cooks, infusing flavor and creating a thick sauce; a truly decadent morning treat you can feel good about.

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Baking and cooking with Zing™ Baking Blend is a wonderful way to enjoy sweet treats, without as many calories. It’s a stevia leaf extract and cane sugar blend that has only 5 calories per serving, bakes and browns like sugar, and is made with only real ingredients, nothing artificial. Perfect for slimming down our recipes and enjoying them with fewer calories. Visit the Zing™ website to find Zing™ Baking Blend at a store near you.

Cooking Tips: Using Zing™ Baking Blend, plus tips on adding moisture to baked goods

If a recipe calls for sugar, you can substitute it with Zing™ Baking Blend, just use half the amount. It bakes and browns like regular sugar, but some other ingredients may need to be adjusted depending on what you are baking. Flavors that go well with it are chocolate, cinnamon, fresh or dried fruits, and nuts.

To add extra moisture to baked goods:

  • Increase the size of the baking pan to thin it out and reduce baking time.
  • Reduce the oven temp by 25º F and add an extra egg to a recipe.
  • Increase the liquid content of a recipe (ie – more milk) slightly, by about a ¼ cup.


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Vegan Coconut Rice Pudding with Cranberries and Pistachios

Recipe at-a-glance:

Difficulty: Super easy
Flavor profiles: Sweetened rice infused with coconut flavor. Holiday spices gives it a seasonal taste.
Texture: Tender, chewy rice in a creamy sauce, with a a bit of crunch from pistachios.

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Vegan Coconut Rice Pudding with Cranberries and Pistachios

Quick and healthy gluten-free and vegan rice pudding. Almond milk and coconut milk cooked into rice with cardamom, cinnamon, dried cranberries and pistachios.
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Author Plating Pixels


  • ¼ cup Zing™ Baking Blend
  • 1 cup short grain rice uncooked (white or brown)
  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 14-ounce can light coconut milk
  • ¼ cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup chopped pistachio nuts


  1. Rinse and drain rice to remove excess starch. Stir together rice and all ingredients, except cranberries and pistachios, in a large pot.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stir then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer on low for about 20 minutes for white rice (brown rice will take about 40). Cook just until rice is tender; there will be leftover liquid that soaks in as it sits.
  3. Stir in or top with cranberries and pistachios; serve warm.

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10 Responses

  1. Willow says:

    I am vegan and gluten free, so glad to see a delicious looking recipe that is both! I am going to try this for breakfast soon! Normally I have been drinking smoothies, but it is too cold for me, even living in Tucson to have such a cold breakfast.

  2. This looks amazing! Thank you!

  3. One of my husband’s favorite desserts is rice pudding. I’d love to give this recipe a try. Beautiful!

    • Matthew says:

      I’m just getting into rice puddings and sure he’d love it! I just recently posted a wonderful eggnog rice pudding as well! It could be sweeten with Zing too. Thanks Allison and enjoy!

  4. Tara says:

    Oooh, this looks delicious. Rice pudding is one of my favorite desserts. Can’t wait to try it.

  5. Michele says:

    This looks delicious! And woo hoo… go matt! Great success having a food blog and still managing to lose weight. … I need to work on that too…. after I eat this yummy dish!

  6. 9 pounds down in one month – good for you Matt!! I’ve never been a fan of rice pudding but this breakfast version with all the add ins might have inspired me to give it another shot! Love that this is vegan too!

    • Matthew says:

      Thanks Vicky! It not easy with the holidays but I’ve been pretty good. If you flavor it right, rice pudding can be a nice treat or breakfast alternative.

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