Helping Hands in the Kitchen: Craisin Rice Pudding

An image of a bowl of creamy rice pudding with a generous topping of plump and juicy craisins.

Today, we are excited to share with you a delicious and creamy dessert that is perfect for any occasion: Craisin Rice Pudding. This classic dessert is a favorite among many, and with the addition of sweet and tangy craisins, it takes on a whole new level of flavor. So, grab your ingredients, and let’s get cooking!

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EQUIPMENT: Pot, measuring spoons, stove, baking dish


  • 3 cups white rice, rinsed 
  • 5 cups water 
  • ½ cup milk (e.g. dairy, nut, oat) 
  • 2 tbsp butter (optional) 
  • ¼ cup sweetener (e.g. brown sugar, agave syrup, honey) 
  • 3 tsp pumpkin pie spice or: 1 tsp nutmeg, ground 
  • 2 tsp cinnamon powder 
  • 1 pinch cardamom 
  • 1 tsp ginger, ground 
  • 1 cup craisins (or raisins, cranberries, golden raisins) 


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 
  2. In a medium pot, over medium heat, boil water. Add rice and water and cook for 5 minutes. Turn the heat off. 
  3. Add milk, butter (optional), and sweetener to rice, mix, and cover. Let stand for 3-5 minutes. 
  4. Add spices and craisins to the rice. Mix well. 
  5. Pour rice into the baking dish and bake for 15 minutes, until the top is lightly golden brown. 
  6. Serve in a bowl topped with sliced almonds, for a snack or treat. Enjoy!

Recipe provided by: Maryland University of Integrative Health