Riz au lait: A French Maman’s Rice Pudding Recipe

The Riz au lait recipe (also known as rice pudding in English) is a classic. A healthy gluten-free afternoon snack, but with enough flavor for a decadent dessert.
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This Recipe includes

rice Round rice or short-grained rice
Milk Full milk
sugar Sugar
nutmeg Nutmeg or cinnamon
vanilla Vanilla extract
berries (Optional) Any fruit such as berries, pieces of mango, etc.

Why we love it

Riz au lait, otherwise known in English as rice pudding, is an easy recipe that has been around as long as anyone can remember. It is said that Saint King Louis IX regularly ate riz au lait in the mid-1200s on his way to the Crusades.

A classic dish that makes a healthy and gluten-free afternoon snack, but with enough flavor to feel sufficiently decadent for dessert.

How to store it?

This riz au lait can easily be prepared and kept in the fridge for a few days.

You could also freeze rice pudding and keep it in the freezer, but it might change the texture a bit. Place it in portions in air-tight containers so that you can reheat just the portion you want. Let it thaw in the refrigerator a few hours in advance to consuming.


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riz au lait (rice pudding) recipe

Riz au lait (Rice Pudding) Recipe

Nassie Angadi
An easy rice pudding that makes the perfect snack.
4.49 from 31 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine French
Servings 4
Calories 350 kcal


  • 1 litre of full milk (4 cups)
  • 100 g of round rice or short-grained rice
  • 5 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of fresh nutmeg or cinnamon


  • Any fruit such as berries, pieces of mango, etc.


  • In a large saucepan, boil the milk with the sugar and vanilla extract.
  • Once the milk is at boiling temperature, reduce the heat to medium and put in the rice.
  • Cook the rice at medium temperature for approximately 30 minutes.
  • When the rice looks cooked, turn off the heat and let the rice cool.
  • Add any optional fruit into the rice pudding.
  • Serve at room temperature or at a cool temperature.


Serving: 1gCalories: 350kcalCarbohydrates: 64gProtein: 12gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 170mgFiber: 3gSugar: 28g

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Keyword healthy, pudding, rice, snack
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