We have swiftly transitioned into winter in Queensland, the days are mostly clear and sunny, but when the sun sets, BOOM, it gets cold, and quick.
Being from Seattle, I am no stranger to the cold, but the buildings here in Queensland are built for 80% of the year when it is hot. Stinkin’ hot. So, with little insulation and no central heating, when there’s a chill in the air here, we feel it. And we eat warm vanilla pudding.
Despite the name, there is no rice involved in this recipe, I instead use sweet potato noodles, making this Old-English Style Pudding AIP and Paleo friendly, kid-friendly and sensitive-tummy-friendly. Comfort food that actually feels good.
The aromas dancing from the stovetop of maple, vanilla and coconut cream just might make you slightly impatient for it to finish cooking.
Emily’s Dietary Scorecard
Tree Nut Free
No Sugar (added)
Low Sugars (all forms)
Old-English "Rice" Pudding (AIP Style)
100g (3½ oz) dry sweet potato noodles *
1 can (400ml) coconut cream
⅓ tsp. vanilla bean powder **
1½ TBL maple syrup
½ cup raisins or sultanas
In a large stainless steel pot or skillet, cook your sweet potato noodles according to packet instructions (I add mine to boiling water and simmer over medium heat for about 12 minutes).
Drain the noodles, place into a bowl. Discard cooking water.
Using a pair of kitchen scissors, chop up the noodles into bite-sized pieces, resembling rice.
Now that your skillet is empty but still warm, add the can of coconut cream and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
Turn down the heat to medium-low and stir in the chopped noodles, vanilla bean powder, maple syrup, raisins (or sultanas).
Let simmer over medium-low heat for about 10-15 minutes, until excess liquid has evaporated and a creamy, thick texture is left.
Optional Toppings: berries (I used frozen blueberries and fresh strawberries), mint leaves, toasted coconut - feel free to get creative!
*Sweet potato noodle quality varies, try to source high-quality noodles for the best outcome. My favorite brand is Sempio and I get them at Coles.
**Vanilla bean powder should not contain any additives, just straight powdered vanilla beans. The potency of brands varies wildly, so feel free to add more if desired after tasting the finished pudding.
Emily is a health and wellness mentor, writer, and mind-body fitness teacher with extensive experience drawing on multiple body arts and holistic health practices to maximize personal wellness from the inside and out.