This delicious velvety pudding is a must have after any meal!
To large saucepan set over medium-high heat, add 2 cups water; bring to a boil. Stir in rice, coconut milk, sugar, coconut oil and salt. Bring back to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook at a bare simmer, stirring frequently, for 30 to 35 minutes or until rice is very tender and mixture has thickened. Stir in vanilla.
Sprinkle with toasted coconut and cinnamon and serve warm. (Alternatively, cool in refrigerator until well chilled and serve cold, sprinkled with coconut and cinnamon just before serving.)
Top also with chopped tropical fruit, such as banana, pineapple or mango, and accent with a little freshly grated lime zest.
Substitute organic cane sugar with coconut sugar if preferred.
A plant based oil, it becomes solid at room temperature and has a melting point of around 76º F. Depending on the recipe that you choose, it can be used in either a solid or liquid state. The oil is separated from the coconut meat and depending on the manufacturing method, it can end up having distinguishable coconut aromas or the taste can be neutral. This is one of the best traits about the oil because it makes it an option for both sweet and savory recipes. If you do not like cooking with butter then coconut oil is a nice substitute due to its solid consistency.
The taste of coconut oil changes depending on whether or not you have refined or unrefined coconut oil. In a nutshell, refined coconut oil doesn’t taste like coconut whereas unrefined does.
Let’s take a closer look at the reasons why:
The ¨refined¨ oil is made from dried coconuts and using a stemming process that cleans the particles, dirt, and imperfections, the tropical flavor and aroma are literally filtered out, thanks to its high smoke temperature. When you are not looking to add coconut flavor to your food this oil is the better option.
The unrefined oil, also known by the names of “virgin” or “pure” coconut oil, is made from pressing fresh coconut meat. This means all that intense and delicious coconut flavor and smell permeates and stays in, as well as more of the nutrients, since the process doesn’t use heat or chemicals. It’s ideal if you are looking for that coconut taste.
There are several ways of incorporating the oil into your daily meals. Start your morning out right with the Banana Gluten Free Rice Waffles, add it into baking recipes with this Coconut and Almond Rice Tart or Coconut, Hazelnut & Dark Chocolate Quinoa Energy Bites or exchange it with veggie oil to add even more flavor into a stir-fry or curry like this Curried Veggie Jasmine Rice with Quinoa Soup.
Carolina® Rice has a large variety of coconut flavor recipes. Check out our blog post here for lots more ideas.