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Chai Spiced Rice Pudding & The Blender Girl Cookbook Giveaway

Posted in Book Review, Desserts, Favourites by janet @ the taste space on April 8, 2014

Chai Spiced Rice Pudding

Adult rice krispies and now adult rice pudding.

The difference is that I liked rice krispies as a kid but hated rice pudding. My brother loved it, but me, not so much.

However, spice it up with chai-infused flavours, sweeten it with apple, dried currants and a touch of maple syrup, bathe it in coconut milk and sprinkle it with pistachios along with leftover short-grain brown rice, and I am a happy camper.

This is no quick-fix rice pudding but it sure is delicious. My friend who tried it said it was the best rice pudding she had ever eaten.

Chai Spiced Rice Pudding

This is my take on Tess Masters‘ version found in her gorgeous new cookbook The Blender Girl. Do not let the title mislead you too much. Yes, this is a cookbook where nearly every recipe uses a blender, but this does not mean only smoothies. The recipes are all gluten-free and vegan with only natural sweeteners. The recipes revolve around whole foods. Raw and cooked recipes are included. Tess has recipes for juices, smoothies, dips/spreads, soups, dressings, sauces and even desserts. She has entrees that use homemade sauces, including her penang curry and creamy mushroom stroganoff. Desserts include sugar-free no-pumpkin pie and chocolate-chile banana splits. Breakfast favourites including pancakes and crepes, with delicious toppings like ginger-apple-pear butter and instant raw raspberry jam. She even finds a way to use a blender for rice pudding.

She knows her stuff. It may dirty another container but I liked how a portion of the rice was pureed to thicken the rice pudding. It was rather ingenious.

The Blender Girl Cookbook cover


She is a girl smitten by her high-speed blender. I can tell. I have one, too, and I find it hard to remember what my kitchen was like without it. Do you need an expensive high speed blender for this cookbook? Certainly not. However, you definitely need something with a blending capacity, may that be a regular blender, an immersion blender or a food processor. If you don’t have a blender, you could still gain inspiration from her creations. Your textures may be different but it would be fun to see what else you could make.

Chai Spiced Rice Pudding
Thankfully, the publisher allowed me to share the recipe and giveaway the cookbook to a reader living in the United States. To be entered in the random draw for the cookbook, please leave a comment below telling me what you love to make with your blender (or blending instrument). The winner will be selected at random on April 20, 2014. Good luck!

Other recipes shared from The Blender Girl:

Creamy and Crunchy Spuds (with Raw Mayonnaise)
Watermelon Gazpacho is The Bomb
Fresh Spring Rolls with Orange-Almond Sauce
Creamy of Cauliflower Soup
Incredible Edible Edamame Dip
Creamy Mushroom Stroganoff
Penang Curry
Pad Thai
Anti-Oxidant Avenger
Pineapple Salsa Smoothie
Chock-Full Chocolate Surprise Smoothie
Raw Chocolate-Orange Torte

PS. This is my submission for Alphabakes and Random Recipes.

Chai Spiced Rice Pudding
Adapted from
The Blender Girl (original recipe here)

2 tbsp maple syrup, or to taste
2 firm apples, cored, cubed (and peeled, if desired) – I used Fuji
1 cup lite coconut milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp minced fresh ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
pinch ground cloves
pinch salt
2.5-3 cups cooked short-grain brown rice (soft, but not mushy)
1/4 cup dried currants or raisins
1/2 cup nondairy milk, or more to taste
1/3 cup chopped raw pistachios

1. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, add the maple syrup and apples. Cook the apples for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until they caramelize lightly and soften but still firm.

2. Meanwhile, place the coconut milk, vanilla, ginger, spices and salt into your blender and blend until combined. Add 1.5 cups of the rice and process on medium-low for a few seconds, until creamy but rustic. (IF using a high-speed blender, be careful to not overblend; you do not want this to be smooth, you want lumpy; a regular blender will have a hard time blending when it reaches the right consistency). Add the blended mixture and the dried currants to the cooked apples and stir to combine. Stir in the remaining non-dairy milk and cooked rice. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, until it thickens slightly. Feel free to add more non-dairy milk to obtain your desired consistency. Add additional maple syrup, to taste.

3. Serve warm or chilled. Sprinkle with pistachios prior to serving.

Serves 4-6.

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  1. sprint2thetable said, on April 8, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    I love the chai spice idea! I have some chai tea I’ve been using in the water for my oat. I’m like you with dirtying another container, but when I take that step it IS good. But to avoid that, I bet this would be awesome with quinoa flakes too. That may have to happen for tomorrow’s breakfast!

  2. Deena Kakaya said, on April 8, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    Lovely recipe, I make something like this with porridge oats and have it for breakfast x

  3. dianaveggienextdoor said, on April 8, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    I love blending up homemade hummus and smoothies!

  4. Shannon Y-I-V said, on April 8, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    The rice pudding sounds fabulous! I actually adored rice pudding growing up. My mom would make it for me whenever I was sick, and for my birthday. But I’m certain that it wasn’t very healthy. I use my blender almost every day, from almond milk to cauliflower puree!

  5. Ali Seiter said, on April 8, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Can’t beat a silky smooth cashew cream!

  6. Linda said, on April 8, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Thanks for posting such a great-sounding recipe–and for the cookbook giveaway as well. My most practical blender usage is pureeing tomatoes for various sauces, pureeing cooked foods into apple butter, pumpkin butter, etc. Favorite? Hot carob (I can’t tolerate chocolate, sigh). Always a winner at my house!

  7. gabsodon said, on April 8, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    you know I have to say I love making nut butters in my food processor :) At first I was a little ninterested in the blender girl until I dug deeper into her blog and “blender girl eats” and found amazing recipes.

  8. cookeasyvegan said, on April 8, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    I love rice pudding, and this version sounds wonderful and spicy. I make a lot of smoothies in my blender, but also nut milks and sauces.

  9. Giveaways April 8 | Vegan Perks said, on April 8, 2014 at 11:27 AM

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  10. Bill said, on April 8, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    I don’t make deserts. My wife and daughter are great bakers and I am trying to cut out sugar as much as I can to keep the triglycerides in a safe zone. But this looks interesting enough in a cool South Asian way that I am going to try it. No added sugar and the maple syrup is not much and the spices and fruit seem great.

    As far as blending, I don’t do much. The last time I used the immersion blender was for the mango puree in the Chana Masala recipe. And before that… I can’t remember. My daughter goes through big smoothie kicks, though.

  11. Treesa said, on April 8, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    I would love to get my hands on this recipe book! Lately I’ve been obsessed with blending up chia pudding (chia gel made with almond milk, banana, strawberry or blueberries and a little stevia if needed).

  12. Terri Cole said, on April 8, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    I love my VitaMix, and use it every day! Green smoothies and salad dressings are the two things I make the most often.

  13. Becca F said, on April 8, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    I like to make homemade coconut butter in my blender

  14. Ellen Lederman said, on April 8, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    This recipe sounds wonderful. Maybe I would add a little rosewater to it.

    We just got our Blendtec a few weeks ago (late to the party!) and I’m still just learning what it can do. I was blown away by using it for raw chocolate pudding (3/4 cup young coconut, 3 T cocoa, 4 T agave, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/3 cup water). I thought the old blender was satisfactory for this recipe. Now I’m a believer! The new blender makes it so much smoother and creamier. I thought the young coconut was always going to make the pudding kind of grainy—but not with the right blender!

  15. Jenn said, on April 8, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    I use my vitamix to make green smoothies and to make creamy soups

  16. Michelle G said, on April 8, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Well, this is very timely! The new crop of maple syrup is in and my husband just requested rice pudding for tomorrow. . . I know what recipe I’ll be using.

    And in the oven right now is Nova Scotian Baked Beans (your recipe!).

    The blender cookbook sounds interesting.

  17. Tiffany R said, on April 8, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    homemade nut butters….all the time

  18. Johanna GGG said, on April 8, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    I loved rice pudding as a kid but it was one of those boring desserts – your version sounds lovely – we never had it with fruit but I think that is how I prefer it now

    the book sounds great – I have become more and more enamoured of my tiny blender attachment for my handheld blender and am now looking into buying a proper sized blender but sadly I don’t think it will be a high speed one

  19. Cynthia said, on April 8, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    I love to make green smoothies.

  20. rivkapivka said, on April 8, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    love my morning smoothie!

  21. Annette said, on April 9, 2014 at 3:08 AM

    I like to make Spring Pea Soup in the blender.

  22. marsha said, on April 9, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    That recipe sounds wonderful. Cant wait to make it. I like to use my blender to make soups.

  23. preenar said, on April 11, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    I love making soups and smoothies in my blendtec, but would love to learn how to make more desserts!

  24. Corrine said, on April 11, 2014 at 5:19 AM

    I’d like to make the Chock-Full Chocolate Surprise Smoothie!

  25. Saniel Underwood said, on April 11, 2014 at 6:28 AM

    Smoothies and banana swirl ( 2 frozen bananas mixed with a little water to blend to ice cream consistency) I sometimes mix in unsweetened coconut shredded or cocoa nibs. Yum. Thanks

  26. Jess said, on April 11, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    I love simple green smoothies with spinach, bananas, and berries.

  27. Suzanne Tiley said, on April 12, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    I love making peanut butter in my Vitamix. It’s so fresh and tasty!

  28. Beth said, on April 12, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    I just got my Blendtec a couple of weeks ago, but I already love it so much! So far I’ve been mostly using it for smoothies and hummus, but can’t wait to try making nut butters and soups, especially gazpacho this summer. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  29. Caroline said, on April 13, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    That looks a lot nicer than the rice pudding I had as a child! Thanks for entering Alphabakes!

  30. Chelsea Ortiz said, on April 13, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    I just like simple banana smoothies, with some vanilla added in.

  31. bn100 said, on April 14, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    like to make fruit smoothies

  32. Nicole @ Fitful Focus said, on April 14, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    I love making smoothies! But also healthy fruit “ice cream”, sauces, and well… pretty much everything! I’m a blenderaholic!

  33. helloveggy said, on April 14, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    You know, I’ve never had rice pudding but this looks awesome! Thanks so much for linking up with HVF!

  34. Lisa said, on April 15, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Fantastic idea. I never used to enjoy rice pudding, but over the years I have gained an appreciation for it. This is another must try.

  35. thepeacepatch said, on April 15, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Blueberry cashew smoothies are a superfun blender treat…yumza! :)

  36. Chely said, on April 16, 2014 at 6:34 AM

    I love to make pesto. Simple, but a flavour bomb.

  37. Jessica @ OrganicallYou said, on April 16, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    I make smoothies multiple times a day hehe :)

  38. Krista said, on April 16, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    I love making green smoothies with my blender. This book looks very interesting

  39. Bonnie said, on April 18, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    I love making pesto with my blender :)

  40. Amelia said, on April 18, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    This looks delicious. My 6 year old loves to blend. Here is our favorite. Cup of milk, cup of mango puree, cup of ice, 1/4 cup shredded coconut, 1 banana. Enjoy.

  41. Lydia Claire said, on April 19, 2014 at 3:56 AM

    I like to make chocolate tofu pudding in my Vitamix.

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  43. speakingofvegan said, on April 20, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    I have a slight obsession with different flavors of banana “ice-cream” that I make in my vitamin. Its probably one of my favorite things I make. One of my new favorite flavors has been chia coconut banana ice-cream and I usually top it with a homemade raw vegan crumble that I also make in my blender, using mulberries and dates!

  44. june said, on April 21, 2014 at 6:29 AM

    what’s not to love?

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  46. Dominic Franks (@belleaukitchen) said, on April 27, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    never been a huge fan of Chai flavour or Rice Pudding but somehow this looks really appealing to me, I can’t stop thinking about it… thanks so much for the inspirational entry to random recipes xx

  47. rika@vm said, on April 30, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    I would love to make all sorts of spiced smoothies including that Chai Spiced Rice Pudding! :)!

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