Cranberry Maple Lemon Rice Pudding

4-6 servings

Preparation Time: 5 min
Cooking Time: 35 min

This recipe is taken from the 2012 Milk Calendar. Rice pudding has been a Milk Calendar favourite since it first appeared in 1986. Now with Italian Arborio rice, pure maple syrup, cranberries and lemon - a creamy, decadent rice pudding is quick and easy to make any night of the week.


1/2 cup Arborio (short-grain Italian) rice 125 mL
3 cups Milk 750 mL
3 tbsp Pure maple syrup 45 mL
1/4 cup Dried cranberries, cherries or blueberries (or a mixture, chopped if large) 50 mL
  Grated zest of 1 lemon or small orange  
  Ground cinnamon  
Spoon portions of rice pudding into small airtight containers and pack for breakfast or lunch along with some fresh fruit


Step 1
In a heavy saucepan, bring rice, milk and syrup to a simmer over medium heat, stirring often.

Step 2
Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 min. Stir in cranberries and half of the zest; cover and simmer for 5 to 10 min longer or until rice is very soft and pudding is slightly thickened (it will thicken considerably upon cooling). Serve hot, warm or cold, stirring in more milk as necessary to thin. Sprinkle each serving with cinnamon and remaining zest.


Use 2% or whole milk for the best texture in this pudding.
For a Chocolate Rice Pudding, omit cranberries and lemon zest; simmer the pudding for 25 to 30 min until rice is soft; remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup (125 mL) semisweet chocolate chips until melted

Nutrition & Notes

Nutrition Information
Valeur nutritive
% Daily Value
% valeur quotidienne
Calories / Calories 154 kcal
Fat / Lipides 1 g
Saturated / saturés
+ Trans / trans
Cholesterol / Cholestérol
Sodium / Sodium 55 mg
Carbohydrates / Glucides 31 g
Fiber / Fibres 1 g
Sugars / Sucres
Protein Protéines 5 g
Vitamin A / Vitamine A
Vitamin C / Vitamine C
Calcium / Calcium
Iron / Fer
This is a recipe kids can assemble on their own, with supervision when it’s time to use the stove-top. They’ll be so proud to serve it to their family and to eat it all up.