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 uses:

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

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you freeze it?


You can freeze rice pudding, but it might change the texture a bit. Freeze 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

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

An easy rice pudding that makes the perfect snack.


  • 1 litre of full milk (4 cups)
  • 100g 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.


  1. In a large saucepan, boil the milk with the sugar and vanilla extract.
  2. Once the milk is at boiling temperature, reduce the heat to medium and put in the rice.
  3. Cook the rice at medium temperature for approximately 30 minutes.
  4. When the rice looks cooked, turn off the heat and let the rice cool.
  5. Add any optional fruit into the rice pudding.
  6. Serve at room temperature or at a cool temperature.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 350Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 170mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 3gSugar: 28gProtein: 12g

Note: We are not certified nutritionists and these estimates are approximate. Each individual’s dietary needs and restrictions are unique to the individual. You are ultimately responsible for all decisions pertaining to your health. This website is written and produced for informational purposes only.


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