I never really liked rice pudding. It used to be one of those Christmas desserts, sneakily finding its way onto the Christmas table. But as you get older your tastes change and slowly the idea of eating what I considered a savory meal item, suddenly made sense.
My mother’s side of my family is of Lebanese decent, so a number of delicious foods complimented our traditional spread. This rice pudding was one of them, a unique flavor unlike what you may be used to – orange blossom, giving this almost fresh and fragrant taste and aroma.
So of course I decided to try remake a healthier version of this tasty meal… and yes as you may have thought, my first attempt was made with cauli-rice. Well I was skeptical to say the least, but I gave it a go.
Blending the cauliflower in the food processor, placing this “rice” into the microwave until soft. Waiting for this to cool before turning it into dessert or even a breakfast bowl.
Look rice pudding is not for everyone – but I LOVED this flavour and you can switch it up to create pretty much any flavour you want, creating a truly guilt free meal.
1 cup | Grated Cauliflower
125ml | Coconut Milk
1 tsp | Vanilla Extract
1 tsp | Orange Blossom / or Orange extract
1 tsp | Creamed honey (or to your taste)
Zest of 1 orange
1 tbs | Ground 3 seed mix (optional fibre/protein addition)
Microwave the cauliflower in a microwaveable bowl until soft. Add the ground seed mix at this point if you choose to include it.
In the meantime, bring the coconut milk, vanilla extract and orange blossom to a simmer in a saucepan.
Once complete remove from the heat and stir into the cauliflower. Once cool, place into the fridge to set and cool down completely.
Remove from fridge, separate into bowls and sprinkle over some orange zest.
** switch up this recipe by changing the flavour addition, i.e. add cocoa-powder for a chocolatey flavour, or cinnamon and berries for a breakfast option – play around and find your favourite!