5-Ingredient Instant Pot Rice Pudding

The Instant Pot is not something that I ever thought that I would want or need. I really do love my slow cooker, and despite how This Is Us viewers may feel, I am not afraid of it killing me. Though, I should re-phrase. I really DID love my slow cooker - that is, until a couple of weeks ago when the internal element decided that it was time to die. Lugging it to the curb was a sad day for me, but it meant that I could finally buy the hot new gadget that everyone had been talking about - that all-in-one pot meant to replace a slew of countertop appliances. Lo and behold, I headed over to Amazon in a flash and had an Instant Pot at my doorstep a few days later. (The 9-in-1 model that I so coveted was on back-order, and let me tell you that those 4 days it took to ship felt like an eternity!)

If you are considering buying an Instant Pot, I highly recommend it (this post is in no way affiliated or sponsored by the company!). It is important to note however that these meals are not quite instant - this little bit of information isn't really advertised anywhere and needs to be said. All those people telling you that they made rice in 3 minutes? They really made it in 15. You see, it takes about 10 minutes to start up and pressurize, and then another 10 to de-pressurize. That being said, the Instant Pot is great for are things that would normally take hours to develop their full flavours on the stovetop, such as soups, stews and risottos. We've been on a bit of a pudding kick lately, and because the Instant Pot cooks rice SO well and because experimenting is fun, we decided it would be neat to try making some rice pudding in our Instant Pot. What a delicious success! I spooned it into wide-mouthed mason jars to take to school for lunches - a healthier alternative to the plastic-cup variety.

And, just in the name of variety, I'm going to give you two delicious recipes. The first, my fave - is cardamom-spiced and just the right amount of sweet. The second, Josh's fave - is rich, chocolatey goodness. Can't decide? Make both!

Instant Pot Rice Pudding
(vegan & gluten-free)*
an original recipe by allison sklar


Original Version
1 cup Arborio (risotto) rice
3 cups whole milk (* if making vegan, use any non-dairy milk of your choice)
1 cup full-fat coconut milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp ground cardamom

Chocolate Version
1 cup Arboro (risotto) rice
4 cups milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate
4 tbsp. 35% cream (or coconut cream if vegan)

OPTIONAL: 1 can sweetened condensed milk


Add all ingredients (except chocolate and cream, if using) to Instant pot and stir. Lock with steam vent closed. Press porridge button. When cooking is done, allow to release naturally for 10 minutes before turning the quick release. If making chocolate pudding, melt chocolate with cream in microwave on 30 second intervals and stir into hot mixture.

For extra creamy pudding, stir in sweetened condensed milk at the end of the cooking time.

Spoon into short, wide mouth mason jars or regular ramekins. Cover with plastic wrap (cling directly to the pudding so as not to form a skin. Chill until set, about 2 hours.

Serve sprinkled with more cinnamon & crushed nuts, if desired.

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