Coconut Basmati Rice Pudding

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Coconut Basmati Rice Pudding with Lime

August may be Health Awareness Month, but when it comes to feeding a family, most of us think about health every day. But we also think about budget. And time. And a million other things that can make healthy choices a challenge.

What if I told you there was a way to save time, save money and make better-for-you choices every day? Our secret weapon isn’t really so secret, but it’s one that might slip by your radar with all the “busy” going on – start buying in bulk! Sam’s Club is the destination for everything you need to stock a “real food” pantry. I couldn’t be happier to report that Sam’s Club has become our go-to for the things I used to have to order online. Rice, grains, and this month’s Superfood Spotlight at Sam’s Club: Coconut!

On my last trip to Sam’s Club, I not only found coconut, but coconut oil, coconut flour, coconut sugar…ALL THE COCONUT THINGS!

Coconut at Sam's Club

You can read all about the health benefits of coconut in the latest issue of Healthy Living Made Simple, the Sam’s Club Magazine.

Just a snippet from the article: “Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in B vitamins, minerals and trace elements, including zinc, selenium, iodine and manganese. The fruit also contains amino acids and antioxidants, as well as electrolytes and potassium.”

Saving money and eating well really can go hand in hand, and there’s no denying that buying in large quantities can save some serious cash that adds up, especially on quality, healthful ingredients that tend to run a bit higher in price. The only problem? Figuring out a way to use up that pantry full of food without eating the same thing every day!

If you can really call that a *problem.* When you’re talking coconut milk, oil, flour, sugar and shreds, you really can’t go wrong. And when you’re done making curries, soups, and all things savory, end on a sweet note with a freshly simmered Indian-inspired pudding made with lots of coconut milk, fragrant basmati rice, a touch of coconut palm sugar and a burst of lime zest.

Coconut Basmati Rice Pudding with Lime

This is, by far, our favorite way to use those ingredients that we always have around anyway. I usually just have to pick up a lime and we can have fresh rice pudding in about 20 minutes.

Coconut Basmati Rice Pudding with Lime

The coconut milk makes it super rich and creamy, and the cardamom, vanilla and basmati rice create an aroma that is nothing short of intoxicating. It’s definitely in my short list of favorite scents ever, just behind a freshly bathed baby and warm brownies.

Coconut Basmati Rice Pudding with Lime

So don’t be afraid to buy the big jar of coconut oil or a few extra cans of coconut milk. There are so many ways to use them, and when you can make dessert with a superfood? Well, that’s a serious win in my book.

Coconut Basmati Rice Pudding with Lime

I’m more than willing to make these kinds of sacrifices for my health. It’s the responsible thing to do. 😉

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Coconut Basmati Rice Pudding with Lime
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A simple rice pudding dish inspired by Indian kheer, this dessert is made with fragrant basmati rice, rich coconut milk and a hint of cardamom that can't be missed.
Recipe type: dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 6-8
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 13.5 oz. can coconut milk
  • 2½ cups milk
  • ½ cup coconut palm sugar
  • 12 teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • toasted coconut chips, for garnish
  • lime zest
  1. Heat coconut oil over low heat in a medium saucepan. Add rice and heat, stirring frequently, until slightly toasted and fragrant.
  2. Add coconut milk and milk; stir until any coconut milk solids melt. Bring to a very light boil; add sugar and stir to melt. Reduce heat, add cardamom and vanilla and simmer, covered, over low heat until thickened and rice is tender.
  3. Serve warm or cold, topped with coconut chips and freshly grated lime zest.
Pudding will thicken considerably after sitting. Stirring in a bit of extra milk or coconut milk before serving (or simply pouring it over top) will thin it out nicely without affecting the flavor.

Serving suggestion: Top with chopped pistachios and raisins.

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  1. Shauna says

    I had no clue about all the health benefits of coconut. I will totally be looking into this recipe and more information. Thanks so much for sharing

  2. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert says

    I’ve never tried shaved coconut on pudding! Sounds like an interesting combination of textures!

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