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Pumpkin-Spiced Rice Pudding

Pumpkin-Spiced Rice Pudding recipe

Use real pumpkin in this Pumpkin-Spiced Rice Pudding recipe. (Recipe Credit: Adrianna Adarme of the Fresh Tastes blog)


Yield: 6-8 servings


  • 1 cup rice (I used a rice-blend of quinoa, brown rice and barley, feel free to use short-grain rice or long-grain)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk (2% can be used, too!)
  • 1 cup water, plus more at the end of the recipe for consistency purposes
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, roughly chopped


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the rice, brown sugar, milk, water, butter and salt. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer, cover, and allow to cook until water has mostly evaporated and rice is tender, about 20 minutes. (This will vary depending on the rice or rice blend you use so I say check on it periodically and add water as needed.)
  2. Uncover the pot. If the water has completely evaporated, add about 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of water. Pour in the pumpkin puree, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg. Stir and give it a taste; adjust the spices and sugar to your liking. I found it perfectly spiced and sweet. Divide amongst bowls and garnish with pumpkin seeds. If you’re reheating this, you may need to add a splash or two or water or milk to get your desired consistency.
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