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Cinnamon Cherry Rice Pudding

cinnamon cherry rice pudding
  • (7 1/2 cups plus 1 Tbsp.) water, divided
  • (1 1/2 cups) uncooked jasmine rice
  • (1 tsp.) kosher salt
  • (3 in.) cinnamon stick
  • (3 cups) 2% reduced-fat milk
  • (1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp.) sugar, divided
  • (1 tsp.) ground cinnamon
  • (1 1/2 tsp.) vanilla extract, divided
  • (1/2 plus 1/4 tsp.) almond extract, divided
  • (1 cup) dried tart cherries
  • (1 tsp.) cornstarch

Cinnamon Cherry Rice Pudding

Tender cinnamon rice pudding with a thick cherry sauce.

Preparation Time
About 5 minutes
Cook Time
About 1 hr 25 minutes


  1. 1Place a large saucepan over high heat. Add 6 cups water, rice, salt and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes, or until the rice is tender, drain out liquid.

  2. 2Place pan back over medium heat. Add rice and cinnamon stick back to pan, along with milk, 1/2 cup sugar and ground cinnamon, stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, stirring.

  3. 3Reduce heat to medium-low and cook 30 minutes, stirring often. Take rice off the heat, remove cinnamon stick and add 1 tsp. vanilla and 1/2 tsp. almond extract, set aside.

  4. 4Meanwhile, place a medium saucepan over high heat, add cherries and 1 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  5. 5Add 2 Tbsp. sugar, cook another 5 minutes. In a small bowl, stir together 1 Tbsp. water and cornstarch, add to hot cherries. Stir for 1 minute, until boiling and thick.

  6. 6Take off heat, add 1/2 tsp. vanilla and 1/4 tsp. almond extract. Top pudding with cherry sauce, enjoy!

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 3/4 cup pudding, 2 1/2 Tbsp. sauce

Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 290
  • Total Fat 2.1 g
  • Total Carbohydrate 61.4 g
  • Protein 6.2 g
  • Cholesterol 7 mg
  • Sodium 126 mg
  • Fiber 1.2 g

Additional Information

Recipe Category: Dessert

Recipe Subcategory: Mousses, Puddings and Custards

Recipe Ethnicity: N/A

Dietetic Info:
  • Glycemic Index:
  • Gluten Free: Yes

Vegetarian/Allergen Info: Contains Dairy, Peanuts

NOTE: Glycemic Index Scale: Low=0-55, Medium=56-69, High=70 or greater.