Creamy Cappuccino Rice Pudding: The Perfect Dessert

Hello coffee lovers! Are you looking for a unique and indulgent dessert that will leave your taste buds dancing with delight? Well, look no further because I have a recipe that is sure to satisfy your cravings. Today, I want to share with you my recipe for cappuccino rice pudding – a tasty and comforting treat that brings together the flavors of coffee and rice in perfect harmony.

When it comes to desserts, rice pudding is often overlooked as a bland and boring option. But this cappuccino rice pudding recipe takes that traditional dessert and gives it a delicious twist. With the addition of instant coffee granules and ground cinnamon, this classic dessert is transformed into a decadent and rich treat that will have you coming back for more.

This sweet indulgence has quickly become a favorite in my family, and I’m excited to share it with you all. The best part about this recipe is how easy it is to make. Whether you’re an experienced chef or just starting out in the kitchen, this cappuccino rice pudding recipe will be a no-brainer. So sharpen your chef knives, gather all your ingredients, and let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cappuccino Rice Pudding
Cappuccino Rice Pudding

As a barista, I’ve experimented with many different coffee-based recipes, but this cappuccino rice pudding recipe has quickly become one of my favorites. Why? Well, let me tell you.

Firstly, the combination of cooked rice and cappuccino flavors is simply heavenly. The subtle coffee undertones perfectly complement the creamy rice pudding texture for a satisfying treat that is both indulgent and comforting.

Secondly, this recipe is so easy to make! With just a handful of simple ingredients, you can whip up a batch of cappuccino rice pudding in no time. And the best part? You don’t even need to be an experienced cook to nail this recipe.

Finally, this recipe is incredibly versatile. It’s great for serving as a dessert after dinner or for enjoying as a breakfast treat. It’s also perfect for meal prepping, as you can make a large batch and enjoy it throughout the week. Plus, there are plenty of substitutions and variations you can make to suit your preferences or dietary restrictions.

Trust me when I say that once you try this cappuccino rice pudding recipe, it’ll become a staple in your kitchen too – it’s just that good!

Ingredient List

 A deliciously creamy twist on rice pudding
A deliciously creamy twist on rice pudding

Let’s now take a look at the ingredients that will make this cappuccino rice pudding recipe possible. Some items might be readily available in your pantry, but some others you may want to add to your shopping list:

  • 2 cups cooked long-grain white rice
  • 3 cups low-fat milk, divided
  • 14oz can sweetened condensed milk, divided
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules or espresso powder
  • 1 (3.9 oz) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Feel free to use any leftover cooked rice you have in hand. Also, for an even creamier consistency, use whole milk instead of low-fat, and/or add some evaporated milk or coconut milk. If you prefer a sugar-free dessert, use sugar-free pudding mix and sweetened condensed milk. And if you’re looking for a low-carb version, try substituting the rice with riced cauliflower.

The Recipe How-To

 Indulge in the rich flavour of cappuccino
Indulge in the rich flavour of cappuccino

Are you ready to make the delicious Cappuccino Rice Pudding Recipe? Let’s dive into the recipe how-to.

Step 1: Cook the Rice

First, you need to cook 2 cups of long-grain white rice according to the package instructions. Once the rice is cooked, transfer it to a large bowl and let it cool completely.

Step 2: Make the Cappuccino Pudding

In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 box (3.9 oz) of instant chocolate pudding mix and 1 tablespoon of instant coffee granules until well combined.

Add 2 cups of low-fat milk and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Pour in 1 can (14 oz) of sweetened condensed milk, whisking constantly until well combined.

Step 3: Add the Rice and Cinnamon

Add the cooled rice to the pudding mixture along with 3 cups of cold milk and 4 teaspoons of ground cinnamon. Mix everything together until well combined.

Step 4: Transfer to Pudding Cups

Transfer the cappuccino rice pudding into individual pudding cups or glasses. You should get approximately 8-10 pudding cups, depending on their size.

Step 5: Chill and Serve

Refrigerate your cappuccino rice pudding for at least 2 hours before serving, allowing it to set and chill.

Garnish with additional cinnamon if desired, and enjoy your delicious creation!

One tip I would recommend is that for a much creamier texture, use arborio or medium-grain rice instead of long-grain white rice. The creamy texture a beautiful addition to this wonderful recipe.

This recipe produces enough cappuccino rice pudding that you can either have it all to yourself over a week or you can share with your family – it’s entirely up to you!

Happy cooking!

Substitutions and Variations

 A coffee-lover's dream dessert
A coffee-lover’s dream dessert

If you want to switch up the flavor or ingredients in this cappuccino rice pudding recipe, there are many ways to do so.

One of the easiest substitutions is in the type of rice you use. While white long-grain rice is the traditional option for rice pudding, you can try using brown rice or even arborio rice for a creamier texture. Basmati rice is also a great option if you prefer a nuttier flavor.

If you’re looking to make this pudding lower in fat and calories, you can use low-fat milk or even swap it with oat milk or coconut milk for a vegan twist. You can also try using sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix instead of the regular one.

For coffee lovers who want something more robust, try adding more instant coffee granules to the recipe, or switching to espresso powder for a stronger taste.

If you’re looking for a different touch of sweetness, try using condensed coconut milk instead of sweetened condensed milk. For an extra kick of flavor, add a few drops of vanilla or almond extract to the mixture.

To achieve a unique, Mexican-inspired twist on this classic dessert, try substituting 1 cup of whole milk with evaporated milk and adding 1/2 cup of sweetened condensed milk along with 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules for that perfect rice version of Arroz con Leche.

With all these variations and substitutions, you can create your own version of this cappuccino rice pudding recipe that fits your taste preferences.

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect way to end a meal on a sweet note
The perfect way to end a meal on a sweet note

This Cappuccino Rice Pudding is a dreamy and creamy rice dessert that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings. To make it more indulgent, garnish the pudding cups with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon or chocolate chips.

To balance the sweetness of the pudding, I suggest serving it with a cup of strong black coffee or espresso shots. The bitterness of the coffee will contrast with the sweetness of the pudding and make your taste buds dance with delight. Alternatively, you can have a glass of cold milk or whipped cream on top.

For a dessert that is perfect for any occasion, try pairing this cappuccino rice pudding with a fruit salad. The fresh and juicy fruits cut through the richness of the rice pudding and create a refreshing contrast. You can also pair this pudding with biscotti, madeleines or your favorite cookies.

If you are feeling more adventurous, try pairing this Cappuccino Rice Pudding with a glass of red wine like port or sherry. The flavors in red wine complement the nutty undertones of rice and create a warm and cozy sensation.

Lastly, if you want a healthier option, you can pair this pudding with fresh berries like strawberries, blueberries or raspberries. Berries are low in calories but rich in antioxidants and fiber which are good for overall health.

No matter how you choose to serve this pudding, make sure to savor every spoonful as it melts in your mouth.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Satisfy your cravings with this delectable treat
Satisfy your cravings with this delectable treat

This cappuccino rice pudding recipe is perfect for those who like to meal prep or make-ahead their dishes. It can be made and stored for future meals, making it a convenient and tasty option for busy mornings or as an easy dessert after dinner.

To make ahead, prepare the pudding as directed and store it in an airtight container in the fridge. It will last up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Before serving, you may reheat it on the stove or in the microwave by adding a little bit of milk to loosen up the consistency.

If you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. If you want to freeze the pudding, it is best to do it before adding any toppings such as whipped cream or cinnamon.

When reheating from frozen, let it sit out on a counter for a few minutes then reheat it in a microwave until heated through. Stir occasionally while heating and add a little bit of milk if necessary for proper consistency.

With proper storage and handling, this cappuccino rice pudding recipe is versatile and easy to make ahead of time. It makes mealtime stress-free and delicious with its creamy texture and bold flavors.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A comforting dessert for the colder months
A comforting dessert for the colder months

As a barista, I have learned that the little things can make all the difference in creating the perfect cup of coffee – and the same goes for making a delicious cappuccino rice pudding. Here are some tips to ensure your pudding comes out perfectly:

1. Use leftover cooked rice: For this recipe, it is best to use cooked rice that has been refrigerated for at least a few hours, or even overnight. This helps the rice absorb the pudding mixture better.

2. Add flavor with cinnamon: A sprinkle of ground cinnamon can add warmth and depth to the pudding. I recommend using about 1/4 teaspoon for every 2 cups of cooked rice.

3. Use quality instant coffee granules: The instant coffee granules are what give this recipe its cappuccino flavor, so it’s important to use a high-quality brand for maximum flavor impact.

4. Experiment with different kinds of milk: While low-fat milk is the go-to option for this recipe, you can also experiment with using unsweetened oat milk, coconut milk, or even almond milk for a dairy-free option.

5. Make sure your rice is cooked perfectly: For best results, use long grain white rice or medium grain brown rice that has been cooked until tender but not mushy.

6. Sweeten your pudding to taste: Depending on your preference, you could add more sugar than is stated in the recipe to sweeten it up even more.

7. Don’t be afraid to try substitutions: If you don’t have chocolate pudding mix on hand, feel free to substitute it with vanilla flavor instead. You can also experiment with using different types of pudding mix like caramel or butterscotch.

By following these tips and adding your own personal touch, you’ll be able to create a cappuccino rice pudding that will wow your taste buds and impress anyone who tries it.

Bottom Line

And there you have it! The recipe for a delicious and unique cappuccino rice pudding that’ll impress your taste buds and those of your friends and family.

While rice pudding has been enjoyed for centuries, this twist on the classic is sure to become a new favorite. Whether you’re looking for an unusual treat to impress your dinner guests, or just want to switch up your dessert rotation, cappuccino rice pudding is a must-try.

Remember, in order to achieve perfect results, be sure to follow the recipe instructions closely and experiment with different variations and substitutions to make it your own. With a little creativity and some basic ingredients, you can create a fabulous and fun pudding that will please a crowd!

So what are you waiting for? Grab those kitchen tools now and get creative in making your dreamy bowl of cappuccino rice pudding! Bon appétit!

Cappuccino Rice Pudding

Cappuccino Rice Pudding Recipe

Dessert favourite. Prep time includes cooking / cool down time for rice.
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Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Calories 225.5 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon boilng water
  • 4 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1 1/2 cups cold low-fat milk
  • 1 (1 1/2 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 3 cups cooked rice, cooled


  • 1/4 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa (I use Hersheys baking cocoa)


  • In boiling water dissolve coffee granules in a small measuring cup, set aside to cool.
  • In a medium mixing bowl combine milk, pudding mix and cinnamon.
  • Beat on low speed of hand mixer for about 2 minutes.
  • Fold in coffee, cooled rice and 1 cup of whipped topping.
  • Spoon mixture into serving dishes.
  • Dollop whipped topping onto each serving, dust with Cocoa.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 180gCalories: 225.5kcalCarbohydrates: 39.9gProtein: 4.9gFat: 4.9gSaturated Fat: 3.9gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 125.8mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 10.2g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Dessert, Healthy, Low Protein, Weeknight
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