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Cranberry Maple Lemon Rice Pudding

Dairy Farmers of Canada
  • Course Desserts & Sweets
  • Prep. Time 5 mins
  • Cooking Time 35 mins
  • Yields 4 to 6 servings

This recipe is featured in the 2012 Milk Calendar. Rice pudding has been a Milk Calendar favourite since it first appeared in 1986. Now with Italian Arborio rice, pure maple syrup, cranberries and lemon - a creamy, decadent rice pudding is quick and easy to make any night of the week.

  • Course Desserts & Sweets
  • Prep. Time 5 mins
  • Cooking Time 35 mins
  • Yields 4 to 6 servings


1/2 cup (125 mL) Arborio (short-grain Italian) rice
3 cups (750 mL) milk (approx.)
3 tbsp (45 mL) pure maple syrup
1/4 cup (50 mL) dried cranberries, cherries or 
blueberries, (or a mixture, chopped if large)
Grated zest of 1 lemon or 
small orange
Ground cinnamon


In a heavy saucepan, bring rice, milk and syrup to a simmer over medium heat, stirring often.

Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 min. Stir in cranberries and half of the zest; cover and simmer for 5 to 10 min longer or until rice is very soft and pudding is slightly thickened (it will thicken considerably upon cooling). Serve hot, warm or cold, stirring in more milk as necessary to thin. Sprinkle each serving with cinnamon and remaining zest.


Use 2% or whole milk for the best texture in this pudding.

Spoon portions of rice pudding into small airtight containers and pack for breakfast or lunch along with some fresh fruit.

Tips for Kids: This is a recipe kids can assemble on their own, with supervision when it’s time to use the stove-top. They’ll be so proud to serve it to their family and to eat it all up.

For a Chocolate Rice Pudding, omit cranberries and lemon zest; simmer the pudding for 25 to 30 min until rice is soft; remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup (125 mL) semisweet chocolate chips until melted.

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Nutritional Info

Per serving
Energy: 154 Calories
Protein: 5 g
Carbohydrate: 31 g
Fat: 1 g
Fibre: 1.1 g
Sodium: 55 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

Nutrient % DV*
Calcium: 15 % / 170 mg
Vitamin B12: 29 %
Vitamin D: 29 %
Riboflavin: 23 %
Folate: 20 %

*percentage of daily value

*Note: The daily value (DV) is established by Health Canada and corresponds to the daily quantity recommended for each nutrient. The percentage of the daily value (% DV) indicates the proportion of the nutrient provided by a serving of the recipe, in comparison with the quantity recommended.

This recipe contains 3/4 milk product serving(s) per person.

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