This dairy free and vegan eggnog rice pudding recipe is a perfect holiday treat. It is creamy and satisfying, without the digestive or hormonal issues that can be caused by dairy. It is also incredibly easy to make and store in the fridge or freezer.
I have always loved rice pudding, and I used to buy a lot of the premade packaged ones from the grocery store when I was younger. Ever since cutting out dairy and cleaning up my diet, I hadn’t eaten it for probably 10+ years.
Not sure where it came from but one day I got the brilliant idea to make dairy free rice pudding with EGGNOG!! Turns out it’s not that brilliant because there are many eggnog rice pudding recipes on Google, but….. this one might be the best 😆
How to make this recipe
You can find full instructions for this recipe below in the recipe card, but if you prefer to watch this recipe being made step-by-step, check out the cooking video below.
Recipe substitutions or variations
For this dairy free eggnog rice pudding, I used So Delicious Holiday Nog (made with a coconut milk base) which is quite easy to find in most grocery stores! But if for some reason you can’t find it, you can also use Califia Farms Holiday Nog (made with an almond milk base).
If you are not intolerant or allergic to dairy, you can also use regular cows milk eggnog however I’ve never tested it out so I’m not totally sure if this recipe would turn out the same as it did with dairy free milk. If you try it though, let me know in the comments below!
This recipe calls for white Jasmine Rice, but you can swap this out for any other type of rice such as basmati, arborio, brown, etc.
Coconut oil substitutions
If you don’t have coconut oil, you can also feel free to use a vegan butter substitute instead.
If you are not intolerant or allergic to dairy, you can also use regular cows milk butter.
What is vegan eggnog made of?
The vegan eggnog I use for this recipe (SO Delicious Holiday Nog) uses coconut milk as the base and then also includes cane sugar, sea salt, guar gum, nutmeg, natural flavor, xanthan gum, and annatto extract for colour.
How do you thicken eggnog rice pudding without eggs?
Dairy free eggnog is already quite thick because of its coconut milk base, but also uses additional thickeners such as guar gum and xanthan gum to produce a thick, creamy eggnog. The rice pudding is also thickened naturally the longer you cook it as the rice kernels get softer and start breaking down.
Why does my eggnog rice pudding look watery?
The liquids in this dish will naturally start separating from the rice, so it’s best to stir the pudding thoroughly before serving.
Can you make this recipe with cooked rice?
Yes, you can make this rice pudding recipe with pre-cooked rice, however you will need far less eggnog/liquids otherwise the recipe might turn out quite thin. If you do use precooked rice, start with only half the amount of eggnog in the recipe and add more if needed as you are cooking it.
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Eggnog Rice Pudding Recipe (Dairy Free & Vegan)
- Large pot
- Measuring cups & measuring spoons
- Stove top
- Large wooden spoon
- 6 small bowls, ramekins or glass containers
- 6 cups dairy free eggnog (I use So Delicious Holiday Nog)
- 2/3 cup white jasmine rice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- pinch nutmeg (for garnish and extra flavour)
- Put dairy free eggnog, salt, vanilla extract and coconut oil in a large pot on the stove
- Bring everything in the pot just to a boil. Add the uncooked rice, turn down to a low simmer and cover the pot with a lid.
- Simmer, stirring often, for 1 hour and 15 minutes
- Once the rice pudding is getting nice and thick and creamy, turn off the burner
- Separate into six small bowls or ramekins. Or if you are storing these in the fridge or freezer, put them into glass containers.
- Sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg on top for garnish and extra flavour. Enjoy!
Tara Klippert is a Registered Health and Nutrition Counselor and holds a diploma in Holistic Nutrition and Health Coaching. She shares her gluten free, dairy free & allergy friendly recipes.