Pineapple Coconut Rice Pudding

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A day can turn happier by eating pineapple coconut rice pudding in a cute bowl!

a bowl with a milky dessert

The pian colada drink inspires this coconut rice pudding to celebrate any occasion and summer barbecues. Pineapple is delicious and pairs well with cow’s milk, coconut milk, condensed milk, cinnamon, and coconut flakes. There are several ways to cook rice pudding.

ingredients for making arroz con leche include condensed milk, long grain rice, cinnamon

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Best tips for cooking Pineapple Coconut Rice Pudding!

Unlike cooking rice never rinse the rice when cooking rice pudding. You want the starch for creating a sticky effect that is rice pudding signature.

Cook the rice first with water or pineapple juice and add the spices. You can cook the rice in the instant pot for four to eight minutes with a 1-1 ration of water/liquid and rice.

Or follow my mom’s recipe by cooking the rice in the milk and stirring to create that characteristic creamy texture of a homey rice pudding.

The condensed milk makes the dessert decadent but can be replaced with sugar cane.

If you prefer a non-dairy option, use only coconut milk. We recommend the Thai style.

Use cinnamon sticks instead of powdered cinnamon spice as the sticks provide more flavor.

When the rice is cooked, allow it to cool and refrigerate for a few hours. Cold pudding tastes much better. But it can be eaten warm.

Serve it on cool pineapple bowls for a fun presentation.

Mom’s Arroz Con Leche is always the best!

My mom made Arroz con Leche with cinnamon, brown sugar, whole milk, and evaporated milk. Others like to cook the rice in sweetened water with cinnamon, and when the rice is cooked, condensed milk and evaporated milk are added.

I like to prepare rice pudding just like my mom’s. Heating the milk with cinnamon and a little sugar. And when the milk is warm adding the rice to simmer it, occasionally stirring with a wooden spoon.

This is the procedure I prefer and the technique I have used to cook the pineapple coconut rice pudding that I will be serving at our next family reunion.

two bowls with pineapple rice pudding inspired by the pina colada drink

The pineapple I’m using for this rice pudding is sweet golden pineapple. It is easy to find almost yearlong. I like to buy it often and slice it at home to use in agua fresca, smoothies, enjoy it for breakfast with yogurt, and much more. In fact, fresh pineapple can be frozen and convert into a tasty pineapple sorbet.

This pina colada rice pudding is a simple recipe but a perfect dessert. We Latinos love classic desserts from our childhood. My mother-in-law loves rice pudding, so from time to time, I surprise her with this simple yet exquisite dessert that we have enjoyed so many times together.

Rice pudding topped with slices of pineapple and shredded coconut

The pineapple coconut rice pudding is a variation of the classic dessert recipe. And if there are any leftovers a great idea is to make rice pudding ice pops. These frozen bars are very popular in Mexico.

We usually enjoy many ice pop flavors in the spring and summer. Most popular flavors include paletas de rompope, seasonal fruits, such as berries, mango, watermelon, tamarindo. And others like jamaica, chamoyada, and key lime.

A delicious pineapple coconut rice pudding to celebrate the summer barbecues. A classic Mexican dessert

Ready to make the pineapple coconut rice? It is like going to the tropics in one bite!

a bowl with a milky dessert

Pineapple Coconut Rice Pudding

Chef Adriana Martin
A classic Mexican dessert and a childhood favorite. We have made many family memories enjoying this sweet treat. The Pina Colada drink inspires the decadent dessert mixing coconut and pineapple flavors with a touch of cinnamon and the creaminess of the rice.
5 from 27 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine Mexican Cuisine
Servings 18 servings
Calories 234 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple in chunks
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot add 1 cup of water and 2 cups whole milk combined with a cup of sugar and cinnamon stick. Let it get to the first boil.
  • Add the two cups of rice and one can of coconut milk. Continue cooking the rice over low heat occasionally moving with a wooden spoon.
  • When the rice is almost cooked add the condensed milk, the pineapple juice and combine by moving slowly with the wooden spoon.
  • Let the rice pudding cool and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.
  • Serve the rice pudding in dessert dishes, add small pieces of fresh pineapple, grated coconut and a dash of cinnamon.

Notes

Best tips for cooking Pineapple Coconut Rice Pudding!
  • Unlike cooking rice never rinse the rice when cooking rice pudding. You want the starch for creating a sticky effect that is a rice pudding signature.
  • Cook the rice first with water or pineapple juice and add the spices. You can cook the rice in the instant pot for four to eight minutes with a 1-1 ration of water/liquid and rice.
  • Or follow my mom’s recipe by cooking the rice in the milk and stirring to create that characteristic creamy texture of a homey rice pudding.
  • The condensed milk makes the dessert decadent but can be replaced with sugar cane.
  • If you prefer a non-dairy option use only coconut milk. We recommend the Thai style.
  • Use cinnamon sticks instead of powdered cinnamon spice as the sticks provide more flavor.
  • When the rice is cooked, allow it to cool and refrigerate for a few hours. Cold pudding tastes much better. But it can be eaten warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 234kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 48mgPotassium: 187mgFiber: 1gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 114IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 106mgIron: 1mg
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Lorraine

Ingredient list says: 1 cup of water/ First sentence in directions say to put 2 cups of water to a pot
Which is correct ?

Maria

I have such fond memories of eating rice pudding in Spain when I was a little girl. I love this spin on a traditional favorite.

Crystal

We are still in school for another week, but I’m desperate for summer. Maybe eating summer-y things will help me hold out. This would be perfect!

Molly Kumar

OMG, look at those cute pineapple bowls – Oh just perfect to serve this rice pudding. I’m so loving the flavor combination of coconut with pineapple and this would be so soothing on a hot summer day.

Carrie

My husband and his family love rice pudding but I haven’t ever been able to really like it! However I love pineapple and maybe I would enjoy this recipe! I will definitely have to try it!

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