A lighter version of a comfort classic, so no need to skip dessert. Tropical rice pudding is the perfect dessert (or snack), served chilled or room temperature that is perfect for the warmer weather.
Most people (including myself), like to enjoy a lighter dessert that’s not too heavy in the spring and summer months. This is a lighter version of rice pudding that can be serve chilled on warm evenings or an after lunch treat and the tropical fruit topping adds a natural sweetness. (I’ve also been known to eat it for breakfast). So go ahead, enjoy a lovely creamy dessert without the guilt, including those of you who suffer from tummy upsets from milk. How? Read on…
I have previously talked about how A2 milk and the A2 protein in my post for whole wheat pancakes. To recap, all milk today contains the A1 protein, this is the cause of the intolerance. A2 Milk ® is the only fluid milk on the US market that is guaranteed A1 protein free. Because all dairy ingredients contain a combination of A1 and A2 proteins. This rice pudding recipe shows that now dairy doesn’t have to be scary. Milk intolerant people can now enjoy comforting dessert like rice pudding. If you are ‘self diagnosed’ with lactose intolerance, you can enjoy dairy again.
The a2 Milk Company™ has partnered with U.S. family dairy farmers in upstate New York and the Midwest to expand the a2™ herd. Their cows naturally produce milk with only the A2 protein. Their farmers are certified in the humane treatment of animals, their cows are fed a vegetarian diet and never given hormones or rBST, and the milk is antibiotic free and contains no artificial ingredients or additives.
Cooked on the stovetop, I’ve discovered that you can enjoy a creamy and healthy low fat rice pudding using low fat milk. Boiling the rice in the milk instead of water is the first secret. The second is the type of rice used, arborio. Arborio is used for risotto and because of its high starch content, when it released during cooking, makes the milk even creamier. You’ll notice there is no cinnamon in this rice pudding because I wanted the fresh vanilla flavor to be prominent so I left it out. You can add a small pinch if you like.
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- 4 cups A2 low fat milk
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 vanilla bean
- 1 cup arborio rice
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 papaya cut into cubes
- 1 mango cut into cubes
- 1 kiwi cut into cubes.
Add the milk, sugar and salt to a saucepan and heat over high heat.
Slice the vanilla bean lengthwise and using the tip of a knife, scrape out the seeds. Add the seeds and and the bean to the milk.
Grate in the nutmeg and add the rice. Whisk to break up any lumps of vanilla seeds.
Bring the milk to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and cook for 20 minutes stirring frequently to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan and clumping together.
Remove vanilla bean.and cook for a further 5 to 10 minutes until thickened, stir occasionally.
Transfer to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap placed directly onto the pudding so a skin doesn't form.
Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours until chilled.
Serve in bowls topped with the fruit.