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Can You Freeze Rice Pudding (Vegan Versions)

If you made a little bit too much of your plant-based rice pudding, you're probably wondering if you can freeze it.
Zeynep Ozdemir, RDN

Written by Zeynep Ozdemir, RDN. Updated on December 23, 2022.

You have all heard of rice pudding, which is consumed lovingly almost all over the world. It is possible to modify this dessert, whose ingredients can change according to the region, and according to your taste.

If you are cooking rice pudding in quantities that cannot be consumed fresh, you may have question marks in the freezing section.

In this article, we will discuss whether we can freeze rice pudding, the freezing methods, the tricks of thawing, the potential risks, and how we can recognize these risks.

What Is Vegan Rice Pudding Made of?

Rice puddings may be found almost everywhere on the earth. However, even within the same nation, recipes may differ widely.

This dessert may be prepared either baked or boiled. It is possible to create many kinds of pudding according to the way it is prepared and the materials used.

Is Rice Pudding Dairy-Free?

Rice pudding usually has milk or cream. To prepare dairy-free rice pudding use plant-based milk, such as rice milk, and vegan butter, instead of dairy milk and butter.

Typical Components in Vegan Rice Puddings

Rice option:

  • White rice
  • Brown rice
  • Black rice

Milk option:

  • Coconut milk
  • Almond milk
  • Soy milk or other plant-based milk


  • Cardamom
  • Nutmeg
  • ground cinnamon
  • Ginger or others

Flavors and sauces:

  • Vanilla extract
  • Orange zest
  • Lemon
  • Rose water
  • Peanut
  • Almond
  • Cashew
  • Raisins
  • Walnut or others


  • Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Maple syrup
  • Dates or other fruits

Rice Pudding Preparation

Getting rice pudding ready is easy and only takes four major steps.

1. The rice is cooked with water.

2. The milk is heated and then poured over the rice. Here you can add your desired sweetening ingredients and continue cooking.

3. As the mixture begins to solidify, you must stir it more often. Nonetheless, you should keep in mind that it will solidify as it cools after cooking.

4. After turning off the stove, add the vanilla. Rice pudding can be consumed warm or cold.

To consume rice pudding cold, wrap it in a cling film and refrigerate it. You can add flavorings such as cinnamon at the time of service.

The hardest part is waiting for the rice to finish cooking, which depends on what type you use.

Can You Freeze Rice Pudding Made With Coconut Milk?

Rice pudding cooked with coconut oil can be frozen. However, there are several things to consider before proceeding.

First, it is preferable to divide up the rice pudding, since this will make it simpler to defrost.

To identify rice pudding, label them. After being frozen, foods appear to be more difficult to recognize. In addition to that, be certain that you date it.

Caution should be used while freezing it. Although it may be frozen, rice pudding is tastiest when consumed fresh. Because of thawing and freezing, the consistency or texture of coconut milk can worsen.

Can You Freeze Rice Pudding Made With Almond Milk?

Similar to how coconut milk splits after being frozen, so does almond milk texture may deteriorate after freezing.

The flavor and texture of items are altered when thawing or freezing, it is advised against doing so.

After thawing, the liquids and solids will separate. Although the distinction between particles and liquids isn’t as pronounced, it will not be identical to fresh almond milk.

This can also affect the taste and texture of rice pudding. A similar thing will happen after freezing soy milk.

Instructions for Freezing Rice Pudding

There are a few simple steps to follow to freeze your rice pudding. However, before freezing it, make sure that it’s cooled to room temperature.

4 Tips for Freezing Rice Pudding

These tips should help the rice pudding freeze well.

1. Label

Label but also date the storage container before freezing. Freeze it in an airtight container or bag. Labeling the container helps you identify it and monitor its freezer time.

2. Disperse

Rice pudding should be divided into individual servings. The quantity of those servings is entirely dependent on your personal preference.

For instance, if your home has three individuals, freeze it in amounts for three individuals to consume at once. In this manner, you may avoid wasting food. This will also aid in the refreezing of the pudding.

3. Wrap

Ensure the rice pudding gets properly wrapped before freezing it. Sealing rice pudding prevents freeze burns and spoilage.

4. Freeze

Rice pudding should be placed inside the freezer. It should keep freezing until it gets consumed. It can be frozen for 3 months, although using it sooner is ideal.

How to Reheat Frozen Rice Pudding

When it comes to defrosting pudding, there are a few alternatives.

You may either throw it on a plate and set the plate in the refrigerator to gently defrost overnight.

Another alternative is to defrost the pudding in a skillet over quite low heat.

It is important to note that you should not thaw it on the countertop since the milk substitution inside the pudding may deteriorate.

Is Rice Pudding Freezable Again?

We highly discourage you from refreezing the rice pudding.

There is a chance that the milk or milk substitution may split or spoil, rendering the pudding tasteless. There’s also the possibility of ruining the consistency of the rice.

There are hazards of frozen cooked rice, rice pudding is no exception. Instead, freeze it in reasonable proportions.

Concerns About Frozen Rice Pudding

Frozen rice pudding might sometimes cause problems. It could texture separately when frozen, or get occasionally dry and less creamy. If you face this, the following sections may guide you.

Rice Pudding That Is Separated

Heat may restore the consistency of separated rice pudding on the stove over medium flame.

Rice Pudding That Is Dry

Try reheating your pudding and adding more milk substitution if it seems a little dry or less creamy after being frozen. This may help moisten it and restore its flavor.

If it isn’t sweet anymore, you can also add some sweetener options.

How To Identify Spoiled Rice Pudding

There are several spoiling indicators that may be used to determine whether the rice pudding is gone bad.

  • Bad pudding will have an unpleasant smell, taste, and texture
  • The aroma of spoiled rice pudding is often sour
  • The texture and color of it will be watery and runny

It is preferable to discard rice pudding whether it tastes sour, bitter, or otherwise odd.

While in doubt, it is usually prudent to choose the path of caution and discard the rotten pudding of uncertain age.

If you have purchased it, the first step is to verify the expiry date.

If either the pudding has beyond its expiration date, it is no longer safe to consume and should be discarded.


Rice puddings may be found almost everywhere. However, even within the same nation, recipes may differ widely.

Rice pudding usually has a milky or creamy texture. To prepare dairy-free rice pudding, you will want to use plant-based milk and vegan butter.

Egg yolk will add to the richness of the rice pudding. You should always avoid eggs and dairy in order to make the rice pudding vegan. Luckily, there are many egg substitutes you could use.

Getting rice pudding ready is easy. Cooking the rice and combining it with milk and sweeteners are the first steps. It is then mixed and cooked and flavored with the additions of your choice.

You can freeze almond milk and coconut milk pudding. However, rice pudding is tastiest when consumed fresh. Because of thawing and freezing the texture might go bad.

There are a few steps that you can follow to freeze your rice pudding in healthy ways. Labeling, portioning, wrapping, and not re-thawing.

Refreezing the rice pudding is highly discouraged. There is a chance that the milk or milk substitution may split or spoil. Also, there are hazards of frozen cooked rice.

To determine whether the rice pudding is bad; smell, taste, and texture can help to identify it.

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