Hello and welcome to Milly White Cooks! Today’s low-fat, heart-healthy dessert recipe is for my creamy, indulgent-tasting Almond, Apricot & Amaretto Rice Pudding! It is easy to make and versatile too, as it can be served as a hot pudding in the winter, or as a cold dessert in the warmer summer months.
This recipe, from my Low Cholesterol Mediterranean Diet Cookbook, serves 4.
It’s only 210 Calories, with 6g Total Fat and just 2g Saturated Fat per portion.
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The ingredients for Almond, Apricot & Amaretto Rice Pudding.
We’ll start by taking a quick look at the ingredients list.
- 95g or 1 cup whole grain basmati rice
- 50g or 1/3 cup of ready to eat dried apricots
- 2 tbsp of flaked almonds
- 360ml or 1 cups of unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tbsp of natural caster or superfine sugar
- 2 tbsp of amaretto liqueur but I’ll provide some alternative suggestions if you don’t have this to hand.
Our flavorings include the following:
- 1 vanilla bean
- Some freshly ground nutmeg
- 1 cinnamon stick
To serve, we’ll need 60ml or a cup of half fat cr’me fresh or dairy-free yogurt.
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How to make the healthy dessert.
Now let’s get cooking! This is what we’ll need to do to prepare Almond, Apricot & Amaretto Rice Pudding.
First of all we’re going to dice the apricots and pop them into a small bowl. Pour over Amaretto liqueur and leave them to soak. If you don’t have Amaretto, you could use Cointreau or Grand Marnier, but if you don’t want to use alcohol at all, then soak the apricots in orange juice instead.
Next we’re going to start cooking the rice in a medium saucepan. Throw in the rice and add the 240ml which is 1 Cup of cold water. Give the rice a quick stir and bring it to a simmer over a medium heat. Then reduce the heat to low and leave to cook without the lid on.
Meanwhile, I’ve been heating my cute little saute pan over a medium heat and I’m going to add the flaked almonds and toast them for a few minutes. Remember to take them off the heat once they are golden.
Returning to the rice, you can see most of the water has been absorbed but the rice remains a little wet, and this has taken between 10 and 15 mins.
So, next you need to add the almond milk, sugar and a generous grating of fragrant nutmeg. I’m using my cinnamon stick to give everything a good stir before popping it into the pan too!
Finally, split the vanilla bean in half length wise and scrap out the seeds, adding both these and the pod to the pan. Don’t waste any of those precious seeds. Return to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for a further 20-25 mins, stirring occasionally.
This pudding can be served hot or cold. As I’m going to serve mine chilled, I’m transferring it to a seal-able container but I’ve left in the cinnamon stick and vanilla pod. I’m going to allow it to cool before putting it into the fridge to chill fully. However if serving the rice hot, at this point you’d just remove the cinnamon stick and vanilla pod then spoon into warm serving bowls before finishing with the toppings.
When ready to serve, spoon the rice pudding into pretty dessert bowls. Top each one with a tablespoon of half fat creme fresh or dairy-free yogurt if you want to keep this dessert completely dairy-free. Then spoon over the soaked apricots and any soaking liquor. Finally scatter over the toasted almonds and serve.
Enjoy your delicious Almond, Apricot & Amaretto Rice Pudding.
You can find this recipe in my best-selling Easy Low Fat & Low Cholesterol Mediterranean Diet Cookbook, featuring more than 100 heart-healthy recipes.
Available as a paperback or Kindlebook from Amazon, or as an ebook from iBooks, Nook or Kobo. You’ll find all the links in the description box below. I also have a quick video preview that you can watch too! You may also like to watch more videos in my Low Fat & Low Cholesterol cooking series. Or maybe you’d like these for my Chicken Veronique Pasta Salad and my Banana, Nut & Maple Tea Bread? If you are interested in finding out more about eating for low cholesterol, watch my video “31 Fabulous Low Cholesterol Diet Foods”.
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