Sunday, October 12, 2014

Vegan Rice Pudding ( + home made apple sauce)

reading time: ca. 2 min




Preparation time: 30 mins
Main ingredients: rice, non-dairy milk, apples
difficulty level: easy
serves: 2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and delicious "even so"

What better way to celebrate autumn than by snuggling into your cosiest blanket (or oversized sweater) and munching on some warm rice pudding with homemade apple sauce? Oh, and lighting a fall-scented candle of course (or several). And sipping on a cup of hot chocolate. And having a crackling chimney fire in the background. Yeah, i think we got everything covered.

As a child rice pudding was pretty much my favourite dish (along with pancakes and semolina porridge perhaps). And since i always get to hear how "vegans can't eat anything but salad and carrots" i needed to prove that vegan rice pudding is at least as good as non-vegan rice pudding. Boyfriend-approved.

Ingredients

Rice pudding
1 cup of (preferably short grain) rice *
2 cups of non-dairy milk (soy, almond, oat...)
sweetener of choice - i'm using agave syrup

Apple sauce
about 6 or more medium apples (hand-picked if possible)
1/8 cup of water - or apple juice!
favourite sweetener such as agave syrup or stevia, to your liking (optional)
a pinch of cinnamon
a squeeze of lemon juice (optional)

Optional and additional condiments:
- cacao powder
- nut slices (almonds...)
- seeds (chia, poppy, flax...)
- raisins
- ginger
- cardamom
- nutmeg
- orange or lemon peel
- vanilla
- brown sugar or coconut sugar
- coconut milk
- shredded coconut
- saffron
- fruit slices
- dark fruit juice
- apple sauce
...


* dry and uncooked, that is.


Instructions

Bring the water (or milk) to a boil and add the rice. As soon as it boils, switch to medium heat and let it simmer. Keep the lid closed, and keep checking on the rice, stirring frequently. Let it simmer on medium-low heat for about 25 to 30 minutes until the liquid is absorbed and the rice should be ready, the consistency creamy, sticky and thick. 


In the meantime, prepare the apple sauce:
Peel, core and roughly slice the apples. In a saucepan combine apples, water/juice to barely cover the pot, cinnamon and sweetener (depends on how sweet your apples are, and how sweet you like it. i'm personally a fan of slightly sour apple sauce, so i don't add any). Heat up and, stirring occasionally, cook over medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes until the apples are soft and tender. Remove the pot from heat and mash the cooked apples with a big fork, a potato masher or - that's how i do it - with an immersion blender.


Fill the rice into your favourite bowl, maybe add a dash of almond milk for more creaminess, and top off with a good spoonful of apple sauce and maybe another dash of cinnamon. Enjoy!


Thanks again for the kind feature, Jerri! Check out the other delicious apple recipes over on Simply Sweet Home :)


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Another rice pudding recipe you might enjoy:

http://be-alice.blogspot.com/2015/04/coconut-rice-pudding-vegan.html
Coconut Rice Pudding (vegan)


Maisy



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