Easy Tropical Purple Sticky Rice Pudding

Purple Sticky Rice Pudding with Kumquat and Kiwi – Healthy, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, No Sugar Added, Whole Grain, Creamy Plant-Based Vegan Dessert


Easy  |  Servings: 4 |  Ready In: 30 minutes |  Yield: about 3 cups

Purple sticky rice gets thick and creamy when it cooks, making it ideal for a satisfying rice pudding.  This healthy, gluten-free recipe is great for a sweet, creamy vegan breakfast and delicious enough for an entertaining dessert.  Top it with tropical fruits like kumquats, mango, kiwi, or pineapple.


  • 3/4 cup sweet purple sticky rice
  • 1 vanilla bean (or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 1/2  cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened, plain almond milk
  • ½ cup sliced kumquats
  • 2 kiwis, peeled and sliced

How It’s Done

To make the Easy Tropical Purple Sticky Rice Pudding: Combine the purple sticky rice, banana, vanilla pod and seeds, almond milk, and water. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer.
Simmer 25 minutes, until the rice is tender. Remove the lid and cook another minute, just to “tighten up” the rice into a creamy pudding.
Serve the pudding into bowls.  Top with the kiwi and kumquat and dive in!

Yields: About 3 cups

Purple Sticky Rice Pudding – Top it with Mango, Blueberries, or any of your favorite fruits!

Chef Katie’s Tips:

Freeze your Ripe Bananas: Save over-ripe bananas in the freezer: Simply peel, break into pieces, and store in a plastic bag.  When ready to make this recipe, thaw out in your refrigerator overnight.

Rice Balls with Leftovers: You can use leftover rice pudding for sticky rice balls. Once completely cooled, just portion off about 1 tablespoon, roll into ball, and chill until ready to snack. 

No Refined Sugars or Syrups: I’m on a mission to avoid using sugar, maple syrup, and other refined sweeteners.  These ingredients leave you feeling hungry and can spike a sweet-tooth craving that pushes you to overeat.  For this recipe, whole foods, natural sweetness comes from unsweetened applesauce, banana, and dates.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/4 of a recipe (about 3/4 cup pudding + fruit).

Amount Per Serving
Calories 215.09
Calories From Fat (7%) 15.6
% Daily Value

  • Total Fat 1.71g 3%
  • Saturated Fat 0.08g <1%
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 78.81mg 3%
  • Potassium 351.65mg 10%
  • Total Carbohydrates 45.96g 15%
  • Fiber 5.24g 21%
  • Sugar 10.04g
  • Protein 4.76g 10%
  • Calcium 50.19mg 5%
  • Iron 112.96mg 628%
  • Vitamin A 152.21IU 3%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 0%

Shopping and Gear List

  • Purple Sticky Rice, 1lb.
  • Vanilla Beans (Tahitian) – 5 x Prime Gourmet Grade A 5~6” for Baking, Extract, Coffee, Brewing, Cooking


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