Overview

This recipe really does taste like the traditional rice pudding that you may have had as a child, complete with the plump raisins. Chia seeds and cashews are the secret ingredients. A blender is required.
  • Prep Time

    5 min
  • Total Time

    3 hours 5 min
  • Suggested Servings

    4 servings
  • Shelf Life

    3 days in fridge
  • Equipment

Ingredients

Nutrition Facts

Directions

  • 1. Put all ingredients (except the chia seeds and the raisins) in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
  • 2. Place chia seeds and raisins in a large bowl. Pour the blended mixture on top of the chia seeds and rasins, mixing slowly and thoroughly.
  • 3. Cover raw rice pudding mixture and refrigerate for at least one hour. The purpose of refrigerating and letting the mixture sit for at least an hour is to allow the chia seeds to absorb the liquid. (Chia seeds are similar to tapioca. They increase in size!) Ideally, let this recipe sit in fridge for 3 hours. Overnight is even better!
  • 4. Stir thoroughly before serving.

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

Oh dear, another raw rice pudding recipe. I am starting to get a reputation as the type of girl who only eats chia pudding, lol.

Well, since I've discovered this raw rice pudding, the fact is true. I don't even need to leave the house as long as I have a batch of this old-fashioned rice pudding on hand!

This recipe really does taste like the traditional rice pudding that you may have had as a child growing up, complete with the plump raisins.

Let me know how this raw rice pudding recipe compares with what you're used to!

Do you like raw chia pudding recipes? Also try The Rawtarian's fruity chia pudding recipe or this simple vanilla chia pudding recipe.

Nutrition Overview

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  • This recipe is very low in Sodium.
  • This recipe is low in Calories.
  • This recipe is a good source of Protein, and Iron.
  • This recipe is a noteworthy source of Dietary Fiber, Calcium, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin K.

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Thank you. I'll sure try this.

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Yep, no rice Janie :)  The chia seeds kind of act like "rice" though :)

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Great, Janie. And if you do I'd love to know what you think :)

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Devine!! :)

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I totally agree! :)

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All I can say is YUM! I made this several days ago, it is amazing!

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Hi Paula! I'm happy the rice pudding tickles your fancy! :)

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how many servings in this recipe? I see a serving is 7 oz. Do you think grated broccoli would substitute for the cashews, or what about almonds, walnuts? Cashews are an avoid for "O" blood type. thanks!

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Hi Linda!

This recipe makes about 4 servings. Grated broccoli is NOT a good substitution for cashews in this recipe (bad flavor)!! Can you do macadamia nuts? Those would work instead :)

(The cashews/macadamia nuts are needed to supply creaminess to the recipe.)

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No macadamia either, could do almonds or walnuts blanched, do you think either or both of these would work?

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Hi Linda, No, almonds will be too gritty and walnuts aren't quite right either.

Instead of the cashews, you can do 1 large banana instead, it will change the flavor about, but it will give you the creaminess that you need.

Hope this helps!

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Really delicious! I love rice pudding and the raw version is unbeatable! Thank you , your recipes make raw food an easy & pleasant option.

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Thank you, Marina! I'm happy you approve! :)

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I cant get enough of this stuff! By far one of my favorite raw recipes.

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So glad you're enjoying, Heidi. I like this one too. very comforting

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My first raw recipe. Love it! Perfect deliciousness! My new rice pudding fix!

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That's awesome. Glad you enjoyed your first raw recipe!

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I LOVE this!! It taste just like home made rice pudding! I shared it with some of the people I
work with and they could not believe it was raw!! They really thought it was a traditional rice pudding!!

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That's wonderful, Kathleen! It's always good to impress the non-raw crowd!

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I used fresh maple syrup from my cousin's tree bush instead of the honey! It was AMAZING!

Thanks for the great recipes!! :D

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That's so cool to use fresh maple syrup Elli!

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Hi; I made up the recipe for the 'rice pudding' and by mistake I added 1/4 c shelled hemp seed and wow, the pudding is unbelievably yummy. .An honest mistake, but glad I did now...cant wait to eat some...
ps. love your recipes!! : )
thanks much; B.

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Hi Barbara, That sounds like a happy accident! #yum

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LOVE LOVE LOVE! I don't even like rice pudding much but this is so satisfying and yummy.

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I like this one too LaNita. It's very comforting :)

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I read I can substitute amaranth in place of the rice. Do you think this would work with amaranth instead and omitting cashews?
Thanks

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Hi Jessica, you will definitely need the cashews. So don't omit the cashews or the chia seeds no matter what else you add

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I am learning about raw foods to keep grains out of our diet so the rice flakes would not work for that although a good idea for others.

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Raw rice pudding is delish! I put some into serving size containers in the freezer. I discovered the last one yesterday, after about two months. It was still wonderful! I'm making some more right away!

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Awesome Janie! They would make good popsicles too, I bet!

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Love this recipe as a pudding. By accident (I put in too liitle water) and found it makes a great spread on bagels.

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Nice Carla! That reminds me that one of my recipe requests is to make raw bagels with psyllium husk. It's on my todo!

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Hi! I just got into raw food recently, i'm living in India which sometimes makes it more difficult as many things are not available here. But wanted to know if you actually ever heard of Poha ? It's rice flakes out of raw rice which you just have to soak to become soft and eatable. Not sure if you get them in america, but probably in indian shops. Just wonder why no one is using Poha in their raw food recipes..

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Hi Trixi, I have never heard of Poha! I am located in Canada though. Sounds interesting, Trixi!

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Better to use white chia seeds.(salba).only because of color,more ricey.:-)

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Great point, Mai! The taste will be the same, but I agree that it would look more ricey indeed :)

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Thank you. I'll sure try this.

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Great, Janie. And if you do I'd love to know what you think :)

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I have not tried your rice pudding yet. Am I reading right? No rice?

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Yep, no rice Janie :)  The chia seeds kind of act like "rice" though :)

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Hi rawtarian, hey I made ur delicious rice pudding its amazing u always hit the notes congrax!!! Then I made it again but I upgrade it, I added unsweetened shredded coconut, n a little bit of lime zest after I blended the originals ingredients uffff thant came out delicious..... if u want to try nutmeg powder instead or lime zest this one go perfect with it too... Hey rawtarian U r the best!!!!

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smiles Robson!

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Your recipes are wonderful. However, I just wanted to let you know that there are several typos/misspelled words in your recipes. The rest of your site looks professional

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Hi Louisa, thankas for your feedback. I would love it if someone would help me fix typos and such. Any volunteers? :)

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The Rice Pudding was absolutely delicious! And so "creamy!"

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Hi Suna! Great to see you here.  I am so glad you enjoyed it. I love creamy! Thanks for saying hi :)

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AzVegan, right on for organic boxed delivery! I get one too in the summer. Although mine doesn't come with gourmet dates :( you are lucky :P

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I got them through an organic delivery service called Boxed Greens.

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I added some chopped local organic Black Shinx dates and it took this dish to a whole new level. Great recipe, great app!

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Oooo, where did you get the black sphinx dates?

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This was soooo yummy!!

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:)

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I can't wait for this to cool down and plump up...tasting the mixture straight from the blender, I was already sold :)

Oh, and I blended half of the raisins and put the other half in whole so that every bite will have a little raisin-y goodness.

Thank you!

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Hope the plumped up version met with your approval!

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I have been eating this a lot lately. I went to make it as usual this morning and realized I was out of raisins. I threw in 2 medjool dates, and then realized later I had forgotten to add the honey. I did add some cinnamon, though. It turned out really good.

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And that's how new recipes are born :)

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I love this recipe and your website. I have just started incorporating raw recipes in my diet, and you are making me see that it will be easy and tasty. Thank you so much for putting your heart and soul into sharing new recipes with all of us. You are impacting the health and wellbeing of many others, and the work do is so important and much appreciated.

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Thank you Chrystal. Feedback like this is what keeps me going. I am humbled and honoured to be part of your journey.

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love it!

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:)

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OK, I just whipped up a batch of this and it is in the refrigerator as we speak. I cut the recipe in half because when I made the raw fruit chia pudding, it was enough that I ate it for 3 days. So half a recipe for me. It still has made a decent amount, quite a bit in fact. So far I've been able to whip these recipes up in my Osterizer blender. I'm sure not as fabulous as the Vitamix, but I'm glad I can make these recipes with the equipment I've got. Anyhow, it smells good and looking forward to eating this in an hour.

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Sounds good Robinotl! Sorry about the big batches. I just really love pudding lol

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So I've made this a third time and I didn't do exact measurements on my cashews. I just tossed what looked like 1/2 cup in the blender with 1/2 cup of water and the rest of the ingredients. Came out thick and creamy like cashew butter. Poured it over my chia seeds and raisins. Pretty much it was more like cashew butter chia pudding instead of rice pudding. Not bad, just not the effect I was going for.

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Sounds like you're tweaking well as you go along. Love it when you can tweak recipes to your liking.

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So actually, I've made this twice since I posted last. The first time I made it, it had not thickened up a lot and I accidently got a little heavy-handed with the vanilla, but I liked the flavor and I gobbled it up in one sitting (mind you, I cut the recipe in half). Then I made it again, with a little extra chia seed and the correct amount of vanilla. It was thicker the 2nd time around, but I think I liked it a little thinner and with the extra vanilla. This recipe is definitely a "keeper". I could eat this all the time....

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I just made this and the flavors are amazing... I think the almond extract is the BEST part.

Mine was really runny so I think I'll use less water next time... (I did soak the cashews first so maybe that was the problem?) Or do you like it to be soupy?

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Maybe just add more chia seeds to it - then it'll thicken up really quick! Maybe 1 tbsp more?

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I haven't tried this recipe yet... and I will, but it seems like it should be called Raw Tapioca!

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Haha yes indeed!

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This recipe is delicious I've already made it twice. We were shocked how much like rice pudding it tasted, as we really missed Kheer from Indian food. The first time I used honey which threw the taste off a little from traditional Kheer. The second time was perfect with agave. I didn't have almond extract so I just threw in like 1/4 c. of almonds and added like 1/4c. more water. I absolutely loved it! My husband wasn't a cinnamon fan, but he recommended letting a couple cardamom seeds soak with it. Overall, amazing recipe.

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I've been making this recipe for a while now as my go-to breakfast food, but I never used almond extract because I never had any. Well, it went on sale at my grocery store, so I finally splurged on it - OH MY GOSH! The difference in the pudding is completely amazing. It was delicious before, but now it is like the most amazing pudding I've ever had! So to anyone thinking of skipping the almond extract... don't! It really makes this pudding! I have a bowl waiting for me at home now.... yum!

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Lol, you are too cute Penelope!

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This recipe was delicious. I also love your raw cheesecake. I have gotten many compliments on it. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes

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Very nice thank you --- I subbed lemon zest for cinnamon---

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Mmm, that sounds nice. I love real lemon zest.

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Wow, I made it with the ground seeds and it is absolutely delicious. Wonderful recipe, thank you very much!

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Cool! I'll have to try that! It would be a good option. I imagine it would be less like "rice" pudding because the chia seeds wouldn't be similar to rice bits. But who cares, if it tastes good do it, I say! Lol

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Can I use ground chia seeds instead of whole?

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Do you sprout/soak the chia seeds

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No, not for this recipe. Just use them dry.

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This was FANTASTIC!

My mom and I both loved it. It made 3 servings (for small snacks) and we had it over thinly sliced bananas. Best raw food item I've had in a while. I didn't have any almond extract on hand but it turned out great anyway. Thanks so much for the recipe. I love your website.

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Yummy over sliced bananas! That brings me back to my childhood. We used to always have "bananas and cream" as a dessert, which was simply sliced bananas in a bowl full of milk.

Your idea of pouring this rice pudding over bananas is a great ide and I will try that the next time I make this recipe.

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This is amazing. I love it with raisins. It's also my husband's favorite raw food. You are my hero.

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Lol, so glad your husband likes it!! My husband does not really like puddings, but I love the texture of them! They're my comfort food.

You should definitely try this one, too, it is sooooooo good:
http://therawtarian.com/creamy-raw-fruit-chia-pudding/

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The raisins are nice. I might chop them next time.

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Heehee, but I love the chunky raisins! That's what makes it rice puddingy for me! But they do kind of stick out like a sore thumb, lol. Just depends on whether you like sore thumbs :)

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Oooh, sounds nice! I actually never really have currants, they are something I certainly don't keep on hand. However, I should pick some up the next time I go to the HFS, because they might be a nice addition to my raw food arsenal. Let me know if they are a good combo!

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Uh-oh. I just found this rice pudding recipe, will try it with currants tomorrow as I prefer them to raisins. Like you LJ, I will probably not leave the house until I finish the bowl...

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Glad you liked it!! Did you like the raisins in it? To me, the raisins give it a very traditional flavour...

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Soooo tasty!
Thanks :-)

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