Ayurvedic Rice Pudding (Vegan, Gluten and Sugar Free)

A Creamy Cooling Healthy Dessert

vegan rice puddingKheer or rice pudding is traditionally viewed as a cooling easy to digest dish, nourishing all tissues, cooling the body, and calming the mind. What more to ask from a yummy dessert?!

Spices make it easy to digest and lighter. They also add irresistible aroma and a very homey taste. Nuts and coconut add crunch, fiber, and protein. Dates substitute sugar while adding richness.

Kheer is easy to make and I still have to meet one person who doesn’t like it.

I made this healthy dessert for 17 people for my free yoga and ayurveda class at Pure. Girls loved it and asked for a recipe! Below is a picture of tub of rice pudding that I made and girls enjoying the pudding after Pitta-balancing yoga class 🙂


vegan rice pudding

So here is a healthy dessert recipe that you can make for the entire family. It is very affordable and tasty!

Ayurvedic Rice Pudding (Vegan, Gluten and Sugar Free)


  • 1 cup brown basmati rice
  • 4-5 cups almond milk (depending on whether you want it on a liquid or thicker side)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp coconut manna or coconut oil or ghee
  • 3 tbsp coconut flakes
  • 5 chopped dates
  • Handful of raisins
  • 1/3 cup pistachios
  • 1/3 cup cashew pieces
  • 10-15 saffron threads
  • 5-7 cardamon pods
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder

What to do:

Soak rice in 2 cups of water for 2 hours. Drain and rinse.

Bring to boil the rice in 4 cups of almond milk with nuts, dates, spices. Keep on low heat for 30 mins until rice absorbs most water.

Once rice is soft, turn off the heat and let it cool for another 30mins. Serve rice pudding warm or cool with a cup of herbal tea.

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