Lemon Date Rice Pudding

4-6 Servings

Preparation Time: 10 min
Cooking Time: 45 min

Rice pudding scented with cinnamon gets a new twist with brown rice, a touch of lemon and the natural sweetness of dates. The rice cooks right in the milk and soaks all of the nutrients in while it makes a nice, thick pudding. It’s a particularly fitting dessert to serve after a Mediterranean-inspired meal.


1/2 cup short-grain brown rice 125 ml
1 tbsp whole wheat flour 15 ml
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 1 ml
1/8 tsp salt 0.5 ml
3 cups milk 750 ml
1/4 cup finely chopped dates 60 ml
2 tsp grated lemon zest, divided 10 ml
1 tsp vanilla extract 5 ml
  Ground cinnamon  
Milk tends to bubble up when simmered in a covered pot so use a deep pot and check frequently while cooking the pudding to avoid a messy boil-over.
If the pudding gets too thick after cooling, stir in a little more milk to thin to desired consistency when serving.
If your family isn’t used to the texture of brown rice, start out using half brown rice and half Arborio rice, adding the Arborio after the brown rice simmers for about 15 minutes. Then gradually increase the proportion of brown rice each time you cook it until you’re using all brown rice.


Step 1
In a deep saucepan, combine rice, whole wheat flour, cinnamon and salt; stir in milk. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring often.

Step 2
Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes until rice is almost tender. Stir in dates; cover and simmer, stirring often, for about 15 minutes or until rice is tender.

Step 3
Remove from heat and stir in 1-1/2 tsp (7 mL) of the lemon zest and the vanilla. Cover and let stand to cool slightly and thicken (it will thicken considerably upon cooling). Serve warm or let cool completely. Serve sprinkled with remaining lemon zest and additional cinnamon.

Nutrition & Notes

Nutrition Information
Valeur nutritive
Per Serving
% Daily Value
% valeur quotidienne
Calories / Calories 143
Fat / Lipides 3 g
Saturated / saturés
+ Trans / trans
Cholesterol / Cholestérol
Sodium / Sodium 97 mg
Carbohydrates / Glucides 24 g
Fiber / Fibres 1.5 g
Sugars / Sucres
Protein Protéines 6 g
Vitamin A / Vitamine A
Vitamin C / Vitamine C
15 %
Calcium / Calcium
Iron / Fer