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Almond-Maple Rice Pudding

by Lauren | Celiac Teen on September 7, 2010

With school starting, each day is both filled with the rush of memories and extremely new and unknown. Arriving at school, we all leisurely came in to get our timetables. They were filled with familiar (and not-so familiar) names, and were quickly compared to anyone near. Do you have Math first? No I have English. What about second, third, fourth? Squeals of joy, sighs of sadness. The next day, we came to see our classes. See the teachers, get an introduction, and scout out who is truly in our classes. This year, there are both friends and acquaintances in each class. Half-smiles travel across the room in acknowledgement. Waves, nods or hugs greet the closest of friends. Everyone settles to listen to the teacher. Some classes are filled past their brim, others could manage ten more. There is a change in everyone this year. It’s the last one. A requirement to give it just that little bit more. Some of us have our hearts set on good marks for university. Others have different plans. Some have already dropped out. Faces are missing from moves and illness and vacations that pushed as long as they could. Mostly though? It’s a grand mix of excitement and comfort.

That was the exact same thing with this pudding. For some reason, I had never made rice pudding. Now, I’m kicking myself for that. It’s comfort at its best. This one, made with almond milk, is a beautiful swirl of almond, vanilla and maple. The flavours are understated and casual, with a seductive blend that kept me coming back for more. It barely made it into the fridge. I was thisclose to eating it all, right out of the pot. In fact, next time I might do just that.

Before I go on too much more about that, I should mention the milk I used. Almond Fresh sent me a few vouchers for their almond milk (as well as a blender; for smoothies I presume). I’ve always loved almond milk; every now and then I’ll get a carton just for me, as a treat, so this made sense for me. However, since there are currently 5 types of milk in my house (6 if you include the buttermilk), I only had space in my fridge to get one carton. We got vanilla and I found it really quite lovely. The flavour was subtle and filled my whole mouth. It was creamy and sweet, which made it perfectly suited to a rice pudding. They also have a video contest going on, which looks quite nice (it ends tomorrow at midnight).

This post is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays and Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

Holding the warm cup, you can feel the heat flowing out, begging to be savoured. Not that it would have to ask though.

Dive in? Don’t mind if I do.

This is best enjoyed with a vintage spoon. Isn’t that always the most fun way to enjoy a simple dish? I think so.

This was the chilled one. I preferred it warm, but this definitely wasn’t bad! The warmth simply added to the comfort factor.

Now, on a more serious note, I have a request. Or at least something to ponder. Last week, a fellow food blogger, Erika of Ivory Hut lost her home and absolutely everything in it in a house fire. One moment she was debating attending a food blogging conference, and not an hour later, they were escaping the flames. Erika was the only one who escaped with shoes. Her husband’s prosthetic leg was lost to the fire. So was her brand new MacBook Pro, her Canon 5D, her unfinished songs and baby photos. Even her wedding ring and heirlooms. Nearly every material thing, gone in an instant. Luckily, everyone got out safely. Erika said this the morning after: “Our house burned down last night. Barely made it out alive. Homeless, possession-less. But we’re all safe & together. Still richly blessed.

She also wrote this post and yesterday she wrote a second (I especially needed a tissue for the second one. Read them both though). Sitting on my couch, with a blanket wrapped around me, surrounded by so many material things as well as my family throughout the house, I can’t imagine. So many of us can’t. In response to this, Alice and Maggy started Friends of Ivory Hut. There, you can go and donate. The money goes directly to Erika and her family. Their goal is to raise $10K by Wednesday. Anything you can give will help. Skip your fancy coffee this week. Dig into your pockets. Hold a lemonade stand. Even $5 will help.


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Gigi September 7, 2010 at 11:02 am

Lauren – this is a lovely first day back breakfast for you, and one of my faves for cool weather breakfasts. And oddly, I only discovered the charm of this old fashioned treat last autumn – had heard about it, seen it in near-ancient cookbooks I collected over the years, but just ignored it like so many seemingly boring recipes I’ve pushed aside. But one chilly day last fall, my (also senior) daughter and I decided to give it a try, as we had a nice bowl of leftover jasmine rice from a previous day’s dinner. We were hooked! I have nut allergies, so I use rice milk, but it’s all the same outcome. I toss in a few dried cranberries and a sprinkling of mace, and if you want a thicker, creamier version, a touch of cornstarch to the milk at the beginning, honey to sweeten. Here’s to a great senior year! :-)

Lynn September 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm

We love rice pudding. It is such an easy and perfect gluten free dessert. I love this version of yours a perfect dairy free recipe too.

Kaitlin September 7, 2010 at 7:34 pm

I always find a sick kind of joy in the first day of school… I love the surprise of – as you said – finding out who really is in your classes.

It’s especially fun once you get to college and don’t know anyone. I love finding random friendly faces in the crowd :)

Best of luck with this year!

I have never had rice pudding. It never sounded very appetizing to me, but with almond milk and maple syrup… You may have just changed my mind!

Sheena September 8, 2010 at 5:05 am

Love your descriptions of school, making me miss the first day jitters! And the pudding sounds lovely, I’ve never tried it with almond milk before.

GFree_Miel September 8, 2010 at 11:05 am

Lauren, I can’t imagine how good that smells and tastes! I’m in the same boat as you except I’m a senior in college. I definitely feel the need to push myself a bit harder.

Poor Erika! I really can’t imagine what that’s like. I’ll spread the word!

Linda September 9, 2010 at 9:25 am

I put maple syrup in rice pudding too. I haven’t made it in a while and have never tried it dairy free. Glad to know the almond milk works.

Valérie September 9, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I’ve never made rice pudding either – and I keep telling myself I should! It looks so comforting, perfect for fall!

Tracey Mardon September 11, 2010 at 11:14 am

Hi Lauren, We’ve made this twice since you posted, the boys devour it. I had leftover coconut milk so use a mix of that and br. rice milk and less maple syrup the first time. 2nd time just rice milk. The first one was a little sweeter but both good. Thanks

gfe--gluten free easily September 12, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I pretty much need all the ingredients for this pudding, but oh, how comforting it does look and sound, Lauren. I’m so sorry to hear about Erika’s home. I don’t know how folks get past that even when everyone is okay. Thanks for passing the info on. I’ll share it, too.


Chelsey September 13, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Rice pudding is a favorite of mine, but the rest of my family could do without. I’d like to see how it tastes with almond milk.

Gotta love the first day of school. The next following weeks are filled with contagious enthusiasm that eventually gets lost in the remainder of the school year. Good luck on your last year of school Lauren!

Jenn September 15, 2010 at 4:22 am

It looks wonderful Lauren! I’m not a huge almond milk fan, but maybe this will convert me :)

Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun September 18, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Hello! I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog! I am a teen as well (14) and although I am not gluten-free I think your recipes look extremely delicious and creative! I am going to try this recipe – I LOVE rice pudding! :-)

Barb September 23, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Hi Lauren,

I have made the pudding several times already and love it! It is so easy, and like you say, comfort food. My kids discovered it and now I have to share :) I appreciate your blog and have tried several of your recipes, all with yummy results!

Anne Steib October 17, 2010 at 9:46 am

This looks fabulous and right up my alley. I am going to try it this week! Your blog is wonderful, thank you.

Amanda October 17, 2010 at 10:07 am

This looks delish! I just stumbled upon your website and I love it. Nice to see another young blogger makin’ yummy gf stuff.

How To Bake A Crocodile December 11, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Mmmm! I am so making this tomorrow when it starts to snow. I will probably add some slivered almonds and golden rasins too for an extra punch.

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