I have a confession to make: For some reason, it comes to me as a surprise that I’ve ever set my mind to making Keto Rice Pudding. I have no idea where you stand on rice puddings, but it has never been my favorite dessert. If you ask my partner, though, he’s in heaven indulging in this creamy treat! If you are like him, do give this recipe a thought and a try.
I’ll let you know another little secret: Even I could hardly stop myself eating it. I guess keto lifestyle indeed does something to a person.
What is not to like in this simple keto dessert?
Truth be told, I don’t have an answer. I learned to dislike rice pudding back in the kindergarten days. That happened very probably because we would be served a lot (like tons) of some low-budget version of it almost every morning. I do not know who is to blame that I still clearly remember a few of us staring at each other across the breakfast table in disbelief. Our faces read: “Rice pudding again? Why?!” But it wasn’t called rice pudding at the time.
We called it rice milk for it was precisely that – rice cooked in milk. Rice was unrecognizable, though. It had been cooked in the milk for so long that only the rice starch was left to form a dense white, unappetizing mass. This memory comes back very clearly even after more than 30 years.
Right now I’m feeling kind of bad because I’m probably doing the opposite from what I’d like to do: Make you play with the idea of enjoying a rice pudding. Please do consider it; As I’ve already mentioned, despite all the childhood rice milk trauma, I absolutely enjoy the Keto Rice Pudding. Moreover, this one is actually a pudding, not a milky, starchy something.
Keto Rice Pudding or Arroz con Leche?
Rice Pudding is made all over the world. It might have originated in Spain (but to be honest, I have no clue) where it is called Arroz con Leche which literally means Rice with Milk. It came to the States from Europe. Recipes vary some, so you might even discover that you could hate and love rice pudding at the same time. One recipe might include an ingredient (or spice) that you like, but the other includes something very repelling to you. It is all about how you design the dessert to your tasting.
How to prepare konjac rice
You can probably guess that we are replacing milk with something more keto-friendly here and substituting a low-carb ingredient for the rice. Have you tried konjac rice or konjac noodles yet? If not, here is your chance.
When you buy konjac rice for the first time, you might be a bit puzzled about how to prepare it. Here are the necessary steps for preparing konjac rice:
- Put konjac rice into a sieve,
- Wash it under cold water for 2 minutes until the rice is well strained,
- Bring a pot of water to the boil and cook the rice for 3 minutes.
- Strain the konjac rice. It is ready for being used as cooked rice in Keto Rice Pudding recipe.
How to make Keto Rice Pudding
Here is how to make the Keto Rice Pudding (very simple!):
- In a saucepan, combine konjac rice with 1 1/2 cup heavy cream, sweetener, salt, and spices.
- Cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes until somewhat dense.
- Beat an egg and stir it in with the remaining 1/2 cup heavy cream. Optionally add in some dried tart cherries (a lower-carb substitute for raisins).
- Cook for another 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat and stir in butter.
Distribute the Keto Rice Pudding in 4 nice-looking cups. Let cool down completely in the fridge (overnight is best), and sprinkle with cinnamon powder before serving.
Is konjac rice too exotic?
Maybe you don’t want to use konjac rice and wonder if there is a substitute. I’m sorry, but I haven’t tried making the Keto Rice Pudding with cauliflower rice. I am not sure I would like to, though. To make things clear, I do love cauliflower in savory keto dishes.
Honestly, on a daily basis, I don’t look for many opportunities for using konjac ingredients. I like to keep things simple. But when it comes to keto desserts, they count as a special treat that is not made or consumed every day. Thus, I don’t mind putting some exotic stuff into a keto dessert now and then.
How about you? Are you giving this decadent keto dessert a try? Do you like to spice it up as much as I do? Don’t forget to comment below!
And if you’d like to see more keto pudding recipes, here is Vegan Keto Chocolate Pudding that you might like. Another option is Keto masala chai pudding which will take you to India (at least virtually). Last but not least, although not a pudding, this Vegan Keto Panna Cotta is a blast!