Arroz Con Dulce

I have fond memories of my Titi Elba’s Puerto Rican style rice pudding.  It is traditionally made with coconut milk, spices and loads of sugar.  This version is sugar free and it is yuuuummmmy, I promise you.  (It also happens to be vegan and gluten free.)

It is very easy to make and tastes great cold.

Ingredients for Arroz con Dulce (aka Arroz con Coco)

rice, agave nectar, coconut milk, cinammon, ginger root
rice, agave nectar, coconut milk, cinnamon, ginger root
  • 2 cups uncooked white rice (I like Jasmin or Basmati)
  • 2 15 oz cans light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk or other non-dairy beverage
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp ground cloves (my Titi used to use whole)
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger root (or fresh would work too)
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup (or less) rice syrup or agave nectar

Soak rice in water for at least 2 hours.

In a medium sized caldero (cast iron or other pot for cooking rice), bring milk and spices to a boil.

Drain rice and add to milk.  Stir and bring mixture to a boil again.

Reduce heat to low and let cook for 12-15 minutes (uncovered).

Add agave nectar and raisins and stir.  Continue to cook for an additional 12-15 minutes.

Transfer rice to a glass pan and let cool completely.

Cut into squares and serve!  (This is great refigerated too…)

arroz con coco
arroz con coco

5 thoughts on “Arroz Con Dulce”

  1. oh darn! i just found this recipe.
    I made some last night, but used my moms recipe.
    I like the idea of a natural sugar substitute. my mom’s recipe called for 2 cups. i couldn’t bring myself to use the 2 cups, i used on 1 cup….and it turned out sweeter than i care for…

    when i was a kid i never wanted birthday cake, i wanted arroz con dulce!

    i’m not crazy about the flavor agave nectar. what do you think of pure honey or real maple syrup?

    1. hi there! i’d recommend trying rice syrup. it’s not too sweet and i’m imagining it the taste would go well.

      since i posted this recipe i have heard some not-so-good things about agave nectar. i hardly use it any more…

      if you try the rice syrup let us know how it goes!


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