Vegan Rice Pudding Recipe: A Sweet, Plant-based Delight!

Attention, food lovers! Have you ever heard of the classic Puerto Rican dessert, Arroz Con Dulce? I have a twist on this beloved dish that you don’t want to miss. Introducing my mouth-watering Vegan Arroz Con Dulce recipe.

As a chef specializing in Brazilian and American cuisine, I love experimenting, and this veganized version of the recipe has quickly become one of my favorites. It’s a gluten-free and dairy-free spinoff of the traditional rice pudding that is just as creamy and delicious.

With its roots in Puerto Rico, Arroz Con Dulce is a dessert that is commonly enjoyed during holidays and family gatherings. It’s made with short-grain rice, coconut milk or dairy milk, cinnamon sticks, clove, brown sugar, raisins, and fresh ginger.

My Vegan Arroz Con Dulce takes all those traditional ingredients and revamp them. Instead of dairy milk, I use a blend of coconut cream and evaporated coconut milk that gives this dish an even creamier texture. Plus, it’s entirely plant-based and full of exotic flavors that will surely make your taste buds dance.

Whether you’re vegan or not, you’re bound to love it! Trust me; you won’t be able to resist having a second helping – it’s that good! So let’s get started on this Vegan Arroz Con Dulce journey together!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Vegan Arroz Con Dulce
Vegan Arroz Con Dulce

Listen up, my culinary comrades, because I have a recipe to share with you that will have your taste buds dancing for joy. I present to you the vegan arroz con dulce recipe – a dish that is guaranteed to make your mouth water and leave you feeling satisfied.

What’s so special about this dish, you ask? Well, for starters, it’s an explosion of flavors in every bite. The combination of cinnamon sticks, clove, and fresh ginger create a mesmerizing aroma that’ll make you hope every meal smells half as good as this one does. And let’s not forget the raisins and brown sugar; these little gems add a touch of sweetness and texture that’ll leave your taste buds singing.

But wait, there’s more! This recipe is dairy-free and gluten-free, making it ideal for those with dietary restrictions or just looking for healthier options. While the traditional Arroz Con Dulce recipe typically calls for condensed milk or evaporated milk, we’ve replaced it with coconut milk – the ultimate vegan substitute. Trust me when I say it doesn’t take away from the richness or creaminess of the dish; in fact, it embodies everything we love about rice pudding but without any animal-derived products.

Last but certainly not least, this dish is easy to make – even for beginner cooks. All you need are some staple ingredients like short-grain rice, water, salt, and your favorite plant-based milk. Throw everything into a pot, bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer – that’s it! Just make sure to follow our recipe guide step-by-step to achieve optimal results.

So there you have it folks – why wouldn’t you want to try this delectable Arroz Con Dulce recipe? It’s got all the classic flavors of Puerto Rican rice pudding packed into one beautiful bowl, with a twist that makes it suitable for vegans and non-vegans alike. Trust me, it’s a recipe that you’ll want to keep on repeat.

Ingredient List

 Sweeten up your day with this vegan Arroz con Dulce!
Sweeten up your day with this vegan Arroz con Dulce!

Here’s everything you’ll need to make this vegan Arroz con Dulce:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of short-grain rice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 cloves
  • 1-inch cube of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into thin rounds
  • ½ cup of raisins
  • 1 cup of brown sugar

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 can (13.5 ounces) of coconut milk
  • 1 can (12 ounces) of evaporated coconut milk
  • 1 can (14 ounces) of coconut cream
  • Water 1 ½ cups

These ingredients are easy to find in any grocery store, and some might be already in your pantry. Be sure to use short-grain rice for this recipe as it gives the pudding a soft and creamy texture. In case you don’t find coconut cream, you can use regular heavy cream. Also, try to get fresh ginger instead of powdered ginger as it adds a nice flavor to the dessert.

The Recipe How-To

 A dessert so tasty, you'll forget it's vegan!
A dessert so tasty, you’ll forget it’s vegan!

Now that you have all the ingredients for the vegan Arroz con Dulce recipe, let’s dive into how to make this tasty dessert.

Step 1: Rinse the Rice

Take 1 ½ cups of short-grain rice and rinse it under cold water until the water runs clear. Then, place the rice in a large pot with 2 cups of water and ½ teaspoon of salt. Bring the rice to a boil over high heat.

Step 2: Add Spices and Raisins

Once the rice mixture comes to a boil, add in 2 cinnamon sticks, 4 cloves, and 1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger. Stir well to combine and reduce the heat to low. Let everything simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the rice.

Next, add in ½ cup of raisins and ½ cup of brown sugar. Mix until everything is evenly distributed. Let it cook for another 5-10 minutes until the liquid has been absorbed.

Step 3: Add Coconut Milk and Cream

Now, it’s time to add in the creamy goodness that makes this dish so scrumptious. Pour in 1 can each of coconut milk and coconut cream (be sure to give them a good stir before adding them!) into the rice mixture. Stir gently to combine everything together.

Step 4: Simmering

Let everything simmer on low heat until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the rice again. This should take about 15-20 minutes or so.

Step 5: Serve!

And just like that, your vegan Arroz con Dulce is ready to serve! You can enjoy it hot or cold, garnished with some more cinnamon if you like.

This vegan version of Arroz con Dulce tastes just as delicious as a traditional version with a coconut twist. So, give it a try to impress your taste buds!

Substitutions and Variations

Listen up, folks. Now, just ’cause I’ve gotta vegan recipe on your plate doesn’t mean you can’t jazz it up a bit. Let’s talk about some substitutions and variations you can make to this arroz con dulce recipe and take it from good to great.

First off, if you ain’t got no coconut cream or coconut milk on hand, fear not. You can use other non-dairy milk substitutes like almond milk or oat milk to get that creamy texture. And if you’re really in a bind, regular cow’s milk will do the trick too.

Now, if raisins ain’t your thing, you can swap ’em out for any dried fruit you fancy. Try cranberries or chopped apricots for a tangy twist. For those of you with a sweet tooth, some chopped dates or even chocolate chips (vegan, of course) would make for a decadent treat.

To take this arroz con dulce recipe to the next level, try adding in some toasted coconut flakes or sliced almonds for a crunchy finish. If you’re feeling daring, a splash of rum or brandy would give this sweet treat a boozy kick.

And let’s not forget our gluten-free friends out there. Just make sure to use a gluten-free short-grain rice and double-check all your ingredients to ensure they’re gluten-free certified.

So there ya have it, folks. Don’t be afraid to mix things up and make this recipe your own with these substitutions and variations.

Serving and Pairing

Now that you’ve prepared this delicious vegan arroz con dulce, it’s time to serve and enjoy it! This dessert typically has a creamy and sweet flavor with hints of cinnamon, clove, and ginger.

To enhance the flavors in this dish, I suggest serving it warm with a dollop of whipped coconut cream. You can also add some toasted coconut flakes or chopped nuts on top for crunch and extra texture.

For pairing, you can serve this arroz con dulce on its own, as a delightful after-dinner dessert. Alternatively, you can pair it with some fresh fruit like sliced mango or strawberries to balance out the sweetness.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try serving it alongside some spicy food dishes like chili or curry to create an interesting contrast of flavors on your plate.

Don’t be afraid to get creative with pairings since this dessert is quite versatile and complements different flavors well. Whether you prefer a classic combination or a bold fusion of flavors, this vegan arroz con dulce is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

Now that you’ve prepared this delectable vegan Arroz con Dulce recipe, it’s time to explore the different ways you can make-ahead and store your leftovers. Whether you want to enjoy the pudding the next day or have some leftovers for the next week, there are different storage options that can help you preserve its freshness.

If you want to make this recipe ahead of time, we suggest cooking it the day before and storing it in an airtight container in the refrigerator overnight. This will allow the flavors to intensify and blend together even more, creating an even richer taste!

When ready to serve, simply remove the container from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before reheating. To reheat, add some coconut milk to loosen up the pudding again and put it in a microwave-safe dish with a lid. Reheat on medium heat for 1-2 minutes or until heated through.

If there are any leftovers of your delicious Arroz con Dulce, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator where they will last for up to five days. The pudding may thicken a bit when stored in the refrigerator (which is natural), but simply add some more coconut milk or water before reheating to bring it back to its creamy consistency.

If you want to save this recipe for later, it is freezer-friendly too! Once cooked, let it cool down completely and then transfer it into a freezer-safe Ziploc bag or container. Store in the freezer for up to three months. When ready to serve, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator and reheat following the instructions mentioned above.

By taking these simple storage tips into account, you can enjoy this sweet treat for many meals to come!

Tips for Perfect Results

Now that you have all the ingredients and know how to prepare this delicious vegan arroz con dulce, it’s time to focus on how to achieve the perfect results. Here are some tips that will help you get the most out of your cooking experience:

1. Choose the right rice: It’s important to use short or medium-grain rice for this recipe, as they are stickier and will hold up well in the pudding. Long-grain rice is not recommended as it doesn’t absorb the flavors as well.

2. Rinse your rice: Rinse your rice thoroughly with cool water until the water runs clear, and let it soak for 10-15 minutes. This helps remove any excess starch from the rice, which will prevent it from becoming too stodgy and clumpy.

3. Properly measure ingredients: To ensure accurate measurements, use measuring cups and spoons when adding ingredients to the pot. Adding too much liquid can make the pudding too runny, while too little liquid can result in undercooked rice.

4. Monitor heat closely: When cooking the arroz con dulce, watch your heat closely! Start at medium heat and adjust accordingly to avoid boiling over or scorching. An alternative way of doing so is using a heat diffuser to disperse heat evenly.

5. Stir frequently: Don’t forget to stir milk frequently throughout cooking time – this prevents a skin from forming on top of your pudding!

6. Add raisins at the end: If you want plump, juicy raisins in your pudding, don’t add them at the beginning of cooking because they will lose their moisture; instead, wait until five minutes before you turn off heat before adding them.

7. Let it rest: After cooking is complete, let your arroz con dulce sit for 15–20 minutes off heat before serving or refrigerating overnight to allow flavors to blend together well.

By following these tips, you can make a perfect vegan arroz con dulce every time.


As with any recipe, you might have some questions or concerns about making this Vegan Arroz Con Dulce Recipe just right. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of common FAQs that will help guide you through the process and ensure that your sweet and creamy rice pudding turns out perfectly every time. So, let’s dive into the most frequently asked questions about this delectable treat.

What’s the difference between Arroz con Dulce and arroz con leche?

When it comes to Latin American rice dishes, it’s important to understand the subtle differences between them. Two popular rice dishes that often get confused are arroz con dulce and arroz con leche. One distinguishing factor is that arroz con dulce usually calls for short-grain rice, while arroz con leche requires long-grain rice. Furthermore, the flavors used in each dish differ significantly; arroz con dulce typically features coconut and a mix of spices, whereas arroz con leche relies on milk and sugar for flavor.

What is Arroz con Dulce made of?

Looking for a scrumptious dessert to satisfy your sweet cravings? Look no further than this Puerto Rican style Arroz con Dulce recipe! This delectable treat is made from velvety rice infused with warm spices, sweet raisins, shredded coconut, and rich brown sugar, creating a burst of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and get started on crafting this delicious traditional delicacy!

How long does Arroz con Dulce last in the fridge?

To extend the shelf life of Arroz con Dulce, store it in the refrigerator for no more than 7 days. If it has been frozen, simply transfer it from the freezer to the refrigerator for a smoother thawing process.

Does arroz con leche have gelatin?

For this recipe, we will need rice, eggs, milk, water, sugar, gelatine, salt, artificial flavor, potassium sorbate, and cinnamon. The gelatine and potassium sorbate are added in very small amounts (less than 1%) to help maintain the freshness of the result.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this vegan arroz con dulce recipe is one that you simply can’t resist trying. Its sweet aroma and creamy texture will fill your senses with joy and bliss, unlike anything else. The combination of cinnamon, cloves and fresh ginger bring a warm and comforting feel to the rice pudding that is perfect for any time of the day. Additionally, the use of coconut cream and coconut milk make it a dairy-free delight, while the raisins add an extra level of sweetness.

Not only is it delicious but this recipe is also incredibly versatile. You can easily customize it to suit your taste preferences by substituting or adding ingredients. The possibilities are limitless! As well as it being suitable for those with dietary requirements such as vegans or gluten-free diets.

So why not give this recipe a try? It’s not just any old arroz con dulce – it’s a vegan arroz con dulce that will satisfy even the pickiest eater in your household. And if you’re someone who loves both Puerto Rican food and vegan cuisine, then this dish should be on top of your bucket list.

You can be sure that this heavenly rice pudding will become one of your all-time favorites – it’s cozy, creamy, vegan, subtly-sweet flavor is guaranteed to leave you wanting more. So go ahead – whip up a batch, serve it to your friends and family and get ready to hear them rave about how delicious it is!

Vegan Arroz Con Dulce

Vegan Arroz Con Dulce Recipe

Puertorican rice pudding
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Fusion
Calories 225.4 kcal


  • 2 cups short-grain rice
  • 13 ounces coconut milk
  • 8 ounces coconut cream
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 4 oz raisins
  • 2 inches fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup clove
  • 3 big cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups water


  • Soak rice for 8 hours.
  • In a medium pot bring water to boil together with ginger cut in pieces, cloves and cinnamon for 10 minutes. Drain.
  • In a large pot, Pour the drained water. Add coconut milk, coconut cream, sugar and salt. Stir.
  • Add rice and raisins. Bring to boil. Stir occasionally until is cooked.
  • Serve hot into mold and allow it to cool to room temperature.
  • Refigerate and enjoy!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 137gCalories: 225.4kcalCarbohydrates: 42.7gProtein: 1.8gFat: 5.9gSaturated Fat: 5.1gSodium: 45.1mgFiber: 1gSugar: 26g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Caribbean, Dessert, For Large Groups, Puerto Rican
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.