A creamy and comforting classic dessert, all made in the slow cooker. Slow Cooker Rice Pudding is as easy as mixing everything together and letting it cook for 3-4 hours. Easy to adapt with different toppings, this is a real family favourite. Minimal prep and just a few ingredients, and it's super budget friendly too!
Forget about that weird gluey rice pudding you used to get served at school! This is rich, creamy and luxurious but a totally hands-off recipe as the slow cooker does all the hard work.
Cooking it low and slow means the rice has the best texture. Follow all our tips on how to make rice pudding in the slow cooker.
If you are looking for another slow cooker dessert to try, then why not try our self saucing Slow Cooker Chocolate Cake? Total comfort food and so easy to make.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Rice - We used pudding rice for this slow cooker rice pudding recipe. You can find this in the same aisle as the pre-made rice pudding in the supermarket. However any medium grain white rice will work.
- Milk - For the best flavour and creaminess, use whole milk. You could use skimmed, or even oat milk or almond milk if you wanted to make it vegan. You won't get as good results though. We also added some coconut milk for extra creaminess, but you could swap that for cream.
- Sugar - Rice pudding needs to be sweet in our opinion. How sweet is totally up to you. You can adjust the sweetness to suit your own tastes. We used caster sugar.
- Vanilla - This adds a real warmth to the recipe. Make sure you are used vanilla extra and not essence.
- Butter - Use unsalted butter.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make slow cooker rice pudding - Step by step
One: Put all of the ingredients into your slow cooker. Mix well.
Two: Cook on low for 3-4 hours.
The great thing about rice pudding in the slow cooker is that there are so many different ways to make it. You can use brown sugar instead of caster, which gives it a lovely caramelised flavour.
If you want a chocolate version of this, then add 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the mixture at the same time as all the other ingredients. You could swap some of the milk for chocolate milk too - our kids love that swap!
Rice pudding toppings
There are so many options when it comes to rice pudding, which is one of the many reasons we love it. We went with some raspberry jam and a little extra cinnamon and sugar. But here are some more of our favourite topping ideas:
- Chocolate chips
- Chopped nuts
These storage instructions assume you have used pudding rice. Other rice will store and reheat with mixed results in our opinion.
Store: Put the pudding in an air tight container and store in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Freeze: You can store it in the freezer for up to 3 months in ziplock freezer bags.
Defrost: Defrost in the fridge overnight.
Reheat: You will need to loosen it up a little before reheating, as it firms as it cools. Add a little water or milk and reheat in the microwave. You can also eat rice pudding cold.
Frequently Asked Questions
Every slow cooker cooks things differently, so you might need to leave yours to cook for an extra 30 minutes. Keep checking on it so it doesn't get mushy.
If there is too much liquid still and the rice hasn't soaked it up, then cook it for a final 30 minutes with the lid of.
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Slow Cooker Rice Pudding
- 150 g (7 cups) Pudding rice
- 750 ml (3.25 cups) Milk
- 300 ml (1.25 cups) Coconut milk
- 30 g (1 oz) Butter - melted
- 60 g (0.5 cups) Caster sugar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- Put all of the ingredients into your slow cooker. Mix well.
- Cook on low for 3-4 hours.
- Make sure you butter the slow cooker bowl well before you add the rest the ingredients. This will stop everything sticking to the sides.
- For some extra richness, stir in a little cream before serving.
- To make this dairy free, swap the whole milk for almond or cashew milk. It won't have the same rich creamy texture though.
- When the rice pudding is cooked, it can still look a bit milky. Just give it a good stir and it will be fine.
- You can use risotto rice (arborio) if that is all you can find.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.