Dairy-Free Dessert Risotto (Arborio Rice Pudding)
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Heather plays on the deliciousness of coconut in this creamy dairy-free dessert. If you aren't a big shredded coconut fan, you can omit the coconut flakes. Just taste test the risotto once cooked, and add more sweetener, if needed. See the post above for completely coconut-free options.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4 servings
  • 3 cups vanilla coconut milk beverage (Heather uses So Delicious)
  • ¾ cup arborio rice
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ to 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes (see Coconut Note below)
  • 1 mango or other fresh fruit, peeled and diced
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF
  2. Add the coconut milk beverage and rice to a large saucepan, and place the pan over high heat. Bring it to a boil, reduce to low, and simmer for 18 minutes, stirring frequently, until the rice is tender and mixture is thick.
  3. While the rice is cooking, spread the coconut flakes on a baking sheet. Bake until lightly toasted, about 8 to 9 minutes, checking in often to stir and ensure it doesn't burn.
  4. Place a smaller bowl inside a large bowl filled with ice and water to create a water bath.
  5. When the rice is cooked, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the sugar, vanilla, salt, and ½ cup toasted coconut.
  6. Pour the coconut rice into the small bowl of water bath, and stir until chilled, about 5 minutes.
  7. Dish the risotto into 4 serving bowls and top with mango pieces and ½ cup toasted coconut (2 tablespoons per serving), if desired.
Coconut Note: For a sweeter, coconutty finish, Heather stirs ½ cup toasted sweetened coconut into the dessert risotto. She also likes to top it with another ½ cup (2 tablespoons per serving) of the coconut. You can omit the coconut garnish if you prefer it a little less sweet, or use unsweetened toasted coconut.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ recipe (without coconut topping) Calories: 347 Fat: 8g Saturated fat: 6.8g Carbohydrates: 66.6g Sugar: 35.1g Sodium: 336mg Fiber: 3.6g Protein: 3.4g
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at https://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/dairy-free-dessert-risotto