Black sticky rice (or black glutinous rice) is a naturally sweet, dark rice (dark purple more than black) that has both fiber and loads of antioxidants - which only makes this rice pudding extra enjoyable to eat. It's also made from plant-based ingredients and is low in fat, win win! This dish can be eaten hot or cold and has a beautiful, chewy texture.
1 cup rice (black glutinous)*
2 cups water
1/4 cup panela sugar*
1/2 teaspoon five spice powder
1/4 scant teaspoon salt
1/2 cup almond cream
2-4 tablespoons soy milk
½ cup almond butter
½ cup soy milk
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
½ cup chopped almonds, toasted
Extra almond cream
Black sesame seeds (optional)
Cook rice with 2 cups of water for 45 minutes.
While rice is cooking, blend almond butter, soy milk, maple syrup and vanilla to make a thin cream.
Once rice is cooked, mix in the panela sugar, salt, five spice powder and ½ cup of the almond cream.
Spoon the black rice mixture into individual glasses, ramekins or a large serving dish.
When serving, add a dollop of the reserved almond cream on top, some chopped almonds and sprinkle with black sesame seeds.
*Black glutinous rice can be found in most Asian specialty stores or large supermarkets. The name may imply that this is a gluten containing grain but this only refers to the texture once cooked.
* Panela sugar is unrefined whole cane sugar where the juice of the sugar cane has been dehydrated and retains many nutrients. You can either buy this as a solid block or in granules (which is used in this recipe).