Skinny Rice Pudding

I adore rice pudding. In fact, it is one of my favorite things to eat. My grandma from Greece, my ya-ya as I call her :), would bring Greek Pudding mixes with her when she came to visit the states. I had grown to LOVE the flavor it added to the pudding. However, we would find ourselves soon running out of these packets after she left. My mom created this recipe almost a decade ago and I think it is amazing. I still get excited when my grandma comes to visit and brings those Greek pudding mixes, but until then, this recipe definitely keeps my tummy happy.

Growing up, I would often request rice pudding for my after school treat. I love that this version is skinnier than a lot of the others I have seen. It uses skim milk and is seriously delicious!

If you love rice pudding, give this version a try!

Skinny Rice Pudding from …This recipe is absolutely delicious!

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Skinny Rice Pudding
This recipe is seriously amazing and a lot lighter than most recipes out there!
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 2 cups short grain rice
  • 8 cups water
  • 6 cups skim milk
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 8 Tablespoons water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoon vanilla
  • cinnamon to spinkle over the top
  1. Bring 8 cups of water and rice to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered until rice is tender.
  2. Mix cornstarch and the 8 Tablespoons of water togeter and set aside.
  3. Add milk and sugar to rice and bring up to a boil again stirring constantly so milk does not scorch.
  4. Cook at a boil for 2 min and slowly add the cornstarch mixture. Cook for another 4 minutes until it thickens.
  5. Remove pot from heat and stir in salt and vanilla.
  6. Pour into a 9x13 pan or into individual bowls and sprinkle top with cinnamon.


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  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    I love rice pudding, too! My grandma made the best and it reminds me of home and total comfort food! Yours is so pretty, Nikki! pinned

  2. Kathleen-Gonna Want Seconds

    Rice pudding is one of my all time favs! I used to make it all the time when kids were little. I LOVE that you made yours skinny. Absolutely brilliant :)

  3. Danielle Clarke

    Do you use a specific type of rice when making this?

    1. Chef in Training

      I always use a short grain rice

  4. Kay-M

    It seems unlikely that all of the 8 cups of water would be absorbed when cooking the rice. The recipe does not say - are we supposed to drain any excess water from the rice after cooking?

  5. Amanda

    This looks so good! Gonna try this tonight to take care of my sweet tooth!

  6. Ashton

    My husband totally thanks you. He’s a rice pudding fanatic!

  7. Sia

    Kinda makes me wanna send you the pudding mixes from Greece...
    And since I actually have access to these, would you be kind enough to share your yaya's version?

  8. Aerin

    Rice pudding with no egg yolks in the recipe? I'm definitely going to try it, but my Portuguese family might shun me in the process ;)

  9. TrishInFL

    I LOVE rice pudding, and can't wait to try this skinnier version :-)

  10. vonnie

    Can you use a substitute milk product...
    ie...rice milk...almond?

    1. Chef in Training

      I haven't done it so I cannot say, but one reader told me they tried and almond milk blend and it worked great for her. Let me know if you try it out!