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Easy Eggnog-Raisin Rice Pudding

Easy eggnog-raisin rice pudding has no added sugar, and it’s filled with plump, naturally sweet California Raisins and festive holiday eggnog!  It’s a treat that you can enjoy and feel good about indulging in this holiday season.

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Are you an eggnog lover during the holiday season? If you’re anything like me, your answer is a great big “Heck yes!” I didn’t realize until recently, when I looked at the ingredient label on a container of eggnog, exactly why I love it so much. After I discovered that it’s basically flavored custard (eggs, heavy cream, and sugar), I had my answer. Dairy, dairy, and a touch of sweetness. Heck, that’s the food formula of success and happiness for a Wisconsin girl like me!

That being said, it’s important to keep excess baggage off of my hips, so I use eggnog in moderation when I create recipes with it, and I like to add healthier ingredients along with it to balance the caloric and nutritional scales, so to speak. Take this easy rice pudding recipe, for example.

Sure, it’s got a little sweetness from the sugar in the eggnog, but because the rest of the sweetness comes naturally, via the plump, juicy raisins I added to it, there was no need to add any sugar to this recipe. Where’s the “love it” button?!

 

This easy rice pudding with raisins and eggnog has NO added sugar! It's naturally sweet, making it a great holiday dessert. Recipe on ItsYummi.com
Oh, and get this. Prior to making this recipe, I’d only had rice pudding once in my life.

I think it was in a hospital cafeteria (ugh), so I didn’t realize the deliciousness I was missing out on until now.  See, rice pudding is, in fact, not a pudding at all. It’s actually a risotto, but in sweet form rather than savory.

Risotto = creamy rice = carbohydrate = one of Becca’s favorite things ever. ‘Nuff said.

So, let’s sum up the ingredients in this easy eggnog-raisin rice pudding dessert. I’ll show you how having a serving of it can actually be a healthy part of your daily nutrition.

  • Dairy products (eggs and heavy cream in the eggnog)
  • Fruit (California Raisins)
  • Carbohydrates (rice)
  • Protein (it’s a stretch, but it’s in the eggs that are in the eggnog. But truthfully, you could add a couple of tablespoons of whey protein powder to this recipe without a problem.)

 

FOOD FACT – California Raisins

[clickToTweet tweet=”Food Fact: A serving of @loveyourraisins has 108 cals, no fat or cholesterol, + no added sugar.” quote=”A serving of raisins (1/4 cup or 41 grams) has 108 calories, no fat or cholesterol, and no added sugar.”] They’re also packed with fiber and iron. (more nutritional info) According to the USDA, raisins are the most economical dried fruit available.  (not to mention how tasty they are… yum!) California Raisins are an all-natural, dried-by-the-sun fruit you can feel good about feeding your family – especially during the holidays. The ingredient list says it all: Raisins. No chemicals, no additives… just goodness by the bag full.

 

This easy rice pudding with raisins and eggnog has NO added sugar! It's naturally sweet, making it a great holiday dessert. Recipe on ItsYummi.com
CALCULATION:  This easy eggnog-raisin rice pudding is technically classified as dessert, and it’s actually a bit on the healthier side. So yes, I just justified you eating this for dessert every day.

You’re welcome!

Now run out and buy what you need to make this easy eggnog-raisin rice pudding!

This easy eggnog-raisin rice pudding has NO added sugar! It's naturally sweet, making it a great holiday dessert. Recipe on ItsYummi.com

Eggnog-Raisin Easy Rice Pudding {Low Sugar}

Tender arborio rice is infused with eggnog, raisins, and spices. There's no added sugar, so it's a perfect no-guilt holiday dessert
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 6
Calories 224 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 24 liquid ounces skim milk (almond or soy milk would also work)
  • 4 liquid ounces eggnog (I used a low sugar variety)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup California raisins
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract)

Instructions
 

  • Melt butter over medium heat in a large, heavy bottomed pot; Stir in rice to coat grains.
  • Add 2 ounces (1/4 cup) milk, to cover the rice by roughly 1/4 inch. Stir rice every minute or so, until milk has been absorbed and mixture turns very thick. Be sure to occasionally scrape the bottom and sides of the pan so the rice doesn't stick. Repeat this step until all milk has been incorporated.
  • Stir in eggnog, spices, and raisins, and cook until rice is tender to your liking and the desired consistency is reached. (I cooked to al dente, which gives the rice a little bite.) For a thinner pudding, add a little more milk or eggnog.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  • Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg and a few more raisins. Serve warm or cold.

Nutrition

Calories: 224kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 4gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 63mgFiber: 2gSugar: 11g
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For more information about all-natural, no-sugar added California Raisins, and for recipe inspiration, please visit loveyourraisins.com. Get social with them on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

This easy rice pudding with raisins and eggnog has NO added sugar! It's naturally sweet, making it a great holiday dessert. Recipe on ItsYummi.com

 

This easy rice pudding with raisins and eggnog has NO added sugar! It's naturally sweet, making it a great holiday dessert. Recipe on ItsYummi.com

 

 

This eggnog-raisin easy rice pudding has NO added sugar! It's naturally sweet, making it a great holiday dessert. Recipe on ItsYummi.com

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47 Comments

  1. Wow! This eggnog rice pudding recipe is incredible! I’m seriously so inspired right now. Thx for sharing recipe, I definitely add it to my cookbook!

  2. I love myself some eggnog! I love that there was no additional sugar added to the recipe. That means I could get away with eating two bowls, right?

  3. Wait – eggnog in rice pudding??? No way!!! This is so unique! And with those succulent raisins this is one rice pudding my daughter and I will be fighting over for sure!

  4. Wow, have never seen such a rice pudding recipe before, especially without the sugar. Very different from the way my mother made it when I was a little girl; lots of milk, cream and a bit of sugar. Yours sounds much healthier!

    1. It’s definitely not a recipe my mom or grandma would have used, Christina, but let me tell you… it’s not lacking flavor! I love that classic recipes can be given a healthy twist!

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