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Plant-based sticky Thai black rice pudding

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

Almond cream

  • ½ cup almond butter

  • ½ cup soy milk

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste

To serve

  • ½ cup chopped almonds, toasted

  • Extra almond cream

  • Black sesame seeds (optional)


  1. Cook rice with 2 cups of water for 45 minutes.

  2. While rice is cooking, blend almond butter, soy milk, maple syrup and vanilla to make a thin cream.

  3. Once rice is cooked, mix in the panela sugar, salt, five spice powder and ½ cup of the almond cream.

  4. Spoon the black rice mixture into individual glasses, ramekins or a large serving dish.

  5. 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).

Serves 6


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