Vegan Arroz con Leche

This Vegan Arroz con Leche (Mexican Rice Pudding) is sweet, creamy, comforting, and perfect for indulging. This cinnamon rice dessert is made with dairy-free milk, super easy to make, and you’ll only need 5 main ingredients.

Vegan Arroz con Leche in a small mexican dish.

Vegan Arroz con Leche

This dessert is the ultimate Mexican dessert that brings back so many childhood memories. I am so happy to announce that this Vegan Arroz con Leche has also been Mexican-mom-approved! We all know how important that is 😉

Arroz con Leche is the perfect dessert to make for gatherings and parties as it’s pretty easy and you’ll only need to wash one pot. It is also picky-eater friendly and definitely a crowd-pleaser. Make it the day before and refrigerate it to enjoy the next day or for the entire week! You’ll definitely want to make a double (or even triple) batch of this one.

Vegan Arroz con Leche in a cup with cinnamon on top.

Vegan Arroz con Leche Recipe Highlights

  • Dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free
  • Only 5 main ingredients 
  • Low effort, quick, and easy
  • Only 1 pot is needed (fewer dishes!)
  • Absolutely delicious & Authentic 
Vegan Arroz con Leche in a bowl.

Ingredients and Tips:

  • Rice – must use long grain rice. I used jasmine rice recently and loved it.
  • Milk – I recommend using soy milk if possible for the best results. I used silk soy milk. Any plant-based milk should work, just be mindful of flavored milk such as coconut milk, or sweetened milk.
  • Cinnamon – You MUST use cinnamon sticks to cook the rice. You can add sprinkled cinnamon on top after serving. Optional but also recommended.
  • Sugar – Add to taste of course and substitute with stevia if needed. My sweet spot is somewhere between 3/4 and 1 cup of sugar and I don’t have a big sweet tooth for reference. You can also use maple syrup if you prefer. If using maple syrup try 1/2 cup and then adjust to taste.
  • Vanilla extract: I love adding a hint of vanilla flavor and really recommend it!

*Stay nearby while the rice is simmering in the milk and stir often to avoid it burning or cooking unevenly.

*store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Vegan Arroz con Leche in a cup.

More Delicous Desserts:

Calabaza en Tacha

Vegan Flan

Churro Cheesecake Bars

Oatmeal Carrot Cake

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Vegan Arroz con Leche in a small mexican dish.

Vegan Arroz con Leche


  • Author: Anna Rios
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This Vegan Arroz con Leche (Mexican Rice Pudding) is sweet, creamy, comforting, and perfect for indulging. This cinnamon rice dessert is made with dairy-free milk, super easy to make, and you’ll only need 5 main ingredients.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 23 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 cups soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional but recommended)
  • 3/41 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Place a pot of water to boil with cinnamon and rice, and cover.
  2. Once it begins boiling, turn to a simmer and cover for about 8-10 minutes until most of the water is absorbed.
  3. Once most of the water is absorbed, immediately add the milk, sugar, and vanilla extract. Turn the heat to high once more to bring the milk to a light boil. Stay nearby and watch during this part because soy milk can rise quickly and boil over.
  4. Once milk begins to boil, reduce to a low simmer and cook uncovered for 10-15 minutes or until most of the milk has been absorbed by the rice.
  5. Turn off heat when most of the milk has been absorbed but there is still a bit left. The rest of the milk will continue to get absorbed by the rice after the heat is turned off.
  6. Cover pot and let the rice rest for about 5-15 minutes. Serve warm or refrigerate for 3-4 hours to serve chilled. Sprinkle extra cinnamon on top and enjoy!
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: vegan arroz con leche, dairy-free arroz con leche, authentic arroz con leche

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