Dairy-Free California Walnut Rice Pudding

Dairy-Free California Walnut Rice Pudding
Total Time
1 Hr
Serving Size
1/2 cup


This creamy rice pudding is cooked with a walnut milk and flavored with a hint of lemon. Walnut cream adds a light texture and is a great topping as well.

Total Time

Prep Time
20 Mins
Cook Time
40 Mins
Total Time
1 Hr


540 cal
Total Fat
35 g
Saturated Fat
3.5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat
25.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat
4.844 g
0 mg
150 mg
51 g
Dietary Fiber
4 g
Total Sugars
25 g
10 g
Vitamin D
0 mcg
60 mg
2 mg


Rice Pudding

  • 1 cup arborio, short grain or medium grain rice

  • 1 3/4 cups water

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon

  • 1/4 cup chopped California walnuts, toasted

  • Fresh fruit for garnish

California Walnut Milk

  • 2 cups California walnuts, toasted

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

California Walnut Cream

  • 2 cups California walnuts

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons sugar


  1. To prepare pudding, cook rice according to package directions with water and salt.

  2. While rice is cooking, prepare California Walnut Milk by placing all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

  3. To prepare Walnut Cream, place all ingredients in a small blender or food processor and puree until thick and creamy, scraping down the sides as needed.

  4. Stir Walnut Milk into cooked rice and add sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook over medium-low heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until pudding is thickened and creamy. Stir in lemon zest and 1/4th of the Walnut Cream.

  5. Serve warm or chilled with dollops of remaining Walnut Cream.