Healthy "Rice" Pudding

Posted by Maria Emmerich in cauliflower, coconut milk, dairy free, desserts, gluten free, vegetarian 13 Feb 2013

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“I found Maria Emmerich in 2012. I was hooked! I signed up for Maria’s Email Support and Nutrition Planning package mid February 2013. Best investment I ever made! She helped me every step of the way to get things started and she really cares about you!

I started in March and the first 7 days I dropped 16 pounds! I was shocked! Within the first month I dropped 23 pounds; my skin had cleared up and was looking great. I noticed my hair had stopped falling out, no more hair filled brushes! All my body pain/aches were gone and my mood swings had stabilized! I felt normal for the first time in my life!

By June 7th I reached my first goal of 50 pounds lost which was reached 5 weeks and 2 days before dead line I set for this goal! And I did it without exercise. I feel great and I am ready for my next goal: 66 pounds , start exercising and able to jog a 5k by Christmas!

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Started 315 pounds

as of July 7th 265 pounds”

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Did you know that in 90% of cases, hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disease? Did you know that autoimmune thyroid disease and is linked to a gluten intolerance? Hashimoto’s and Graves’ are most likely caused by a gluten intolerance.

What happens is that the cell structure of gliadin (the protein in gluten) resembles the thyroid gland. If you don’t have a healthy intestinal lining, you can create holes; enter Leaky Gut. When this happens food leaks into the bloodstream and since your blood doesn’t know what the substances are, it puts your immune system into overdrive to kill the foreign substance (this is why I have my clients get a thyroid ‘antibody’ test; it helps determine if there is a food allergy). So if you are eating skim milk and cereal for breakfast, you will most likely have a dairy and wheat allergy.

These antibodies produced to attach the gliadin in the blood, also causes the body to attack the thyroid. If you continue to eat gluten, your immune system will attack your thyroid. Some clients mistakenly think they can eat small amounts of bread or gluten on the weekend or at a party, BUT nope. The immune response to gluten can last up to 6 months every time you consume it. In order to stop the destruction of the thyroid, you have to be 100% gluten-free. Gluten, even “whole grains,” contain phytates that damage our intestinal lining and inhibit nutrient absorption.

Many people make the mistake of running to their doctor for an allergy blood-test to find out if a food allergy is the root of their problems. The main issue with this is that blood tests are about 90 percent INACCURATE! Crazy but true. If I notice a food sensitivity with a client, our success comes by an elimination diet along with nutrition therapy of enhancing vitamins, minerals and amino acids. It is also helpful to consult a doctor, but don’t wait for a blood test to tell you what will make you feel your best; start now instead. If anything, I recommend a stool test.

1 in 3 Americans are gluten intolerant. In some clients with autoimmune disease, their immune system is so worn out they can no longer produce many antibodies. This is why everyone should kick the gluten regardless of antibody test results.

To find charts on what foods balance all your hormones (thyroid, leptin, ghrelin, estrogen, testosterone and more) check out my book: Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism.


I make Cauliflower Rice and Cauliflower Risotto all the time. As I walked through the grocery store, I saw rice pudding…HMMMMM, perfect! I know it sounds weird, but cauliflower sucks up whatever flavor you add to it. I’m not crazy:)

1/2 cup finely grated (riced) RAW cauliflower
1/4 cup Just Like Brown Sugar (or Swerve)
1 tsp stevia glycerite
4 oz cream cheese or coconut cream
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup coconut milk (or Heavy Cream)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon

NOTE: I find that mixing natural sweeteners gives desserts the best sweet flavor with no cooling effect.

To make the “rice,” cut the cauliflower into pieces and pulse in a food processor until small pieces of “rice.”  (click HERE to find the one I love on sale for $30! Original price $78!). Place in a microwave-safe bowl and add 1/4 cup coconut milk with natural sweetener, extract, cinnamon. Heat in microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes. Beat egg yolks with 1/4 cup of coconut milk; set aside. Pour the almond milk in sauce pan, add cream cheese and cook on medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. Add cauliflower mixture and egg mixture to pan and stir to rethicken. Pour into 4 small ramekins or pudding dishes and refrigerate 1-3 hours. Serve and enjoy! Makes 4 servings.

STORE Brand = 179 calories, 33 carbs, 1 fiber
“Healthified” = 155 calories, 1.5 carbs, trace fiber

  • damnthefreshman15 July 14, 2010 at 2:15 am / Reply

    Dang, nice swap! Does the coconut milk need to be full-fat, or can it be light?

  • Maria Emmerich July 14, 2010 at 2:37 am / Reply

    It can be light. Trader Joe’s only sells light and that is what I had. Let me know if you try it!

  • Lenka March 28, 2013 at 1:51 pm / Reply

    Had this morning for breakfast:) This was my second try. From the first one I could still smell the cauliflower, so I changed the recipe little bit. I heated the cauliflower rice separately in water and drained and then continued following the recipe….absolutely no smell of cauliflower and very very delicious:)

    • Maria Emmerich March 28, 2013 at 2:07 pm / Reply

      Thank you! 🙂

    • Lisa May 13, 2013 at 1:54 pm / Reply

      I might have to try again. I made this some time back and it was so horrible I threw it away. Too much cauliflower taste! I love rice pudding so really would like this to work! 😀

  • chARiTy elise May 13, 2013 at 6:22 pm / Reply

    i wonder if this would work with hemp seeds substituted for the “riced” cauliflower?

    • Maria Emmerich May 14, 2013 at 1:36 pm / Reply

      The consistency might be different but it is worth a try. 🙂

  • TnMuleGal May 13, 2013 at 7:19 pm / Reply

    I really need to try this, oh how I miss rice pudding! Thanks for a healthy alternative!!

  • Kathlene June 3, 2013 at 3:41 pm / Reply

    My comment disappeared so I’ll try again. For those whose cauli-rice still tastes too much like cauliflower, you’ve probably undercooked it. Microwaves differ. If your cauli-rice still smells like cauliflower, stir it and cook an additional 1-2 minutes, and sniff. If necessary, repeat until it has no smell. I’m definitely going to try this recipe–rice pudding would be a lovely treat!

  • Anonymous July 17, 2013 at 1:29 am / Reply

    So I am just curious how much coconut milk or heavy cream in all? The ingredient list only calls for 1/2 cup of coconut milk but you refer to 1/4 cup with the raw cauliflower and then another 1/4 cup to be beaten with the egg yolks. Your next sentence then says pour t e remainder of the coconut milk and the almond milk in a saucepan. So how much do I add to the saucepan? Seems a little confusing to me.

    I really enjoy your website! thanks

    • Maria Emmerich July 17, 2013 at 1:48 pm / Reply

      Thank you! I fixed the directions above. 🙂

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  • Michelle March 28, 2014 at 1:12 pm / Reply

    That was a really good substitute, and I don’t think I even cooked the cauliflower quite enough, so next time I’ll put it on a bit longer. Only one of my family members put up his nose at it, but that’s because he doesn’t like puddings (texture) in general. Nice breakfast option. THANKS!

    • cemmerich March 28, 2014 at 1:19 pm / Reply


  • Keira August 20, 2014 at 8:27 pm / Reply

    can you omit or subsitute the egg yolks?
    thanks so much!!

    • cemmerich August 22, 2014 at 2:08 pm / Reply

      Sorry, don’t think that would work in this recipe.

    • JenK February 28, 2015 at 5:26 pm / Reply

      See my comment about egg yolk sub below!!

  • Catriona September 18, 2014 at 1:33 pm / Reply

    How long would you have to cook it for if you don’t have a microwave?

    • cemmerich September 18, 2014 at 1:39 pm / Reply

      Just long enough to make it hot.

  • JenK February 28, 2015 at 5:25 pm / Reply

    For the person who asked about egg yolks, I subbed them out with 2Tbsp cornstarch mixed with 2Tbsp water. It thickened up fine, will let everyone know how it turns out once it sets up!

    • Maria Emmerich March 1, 2015 at 10:06 am / Reply

      Cornstarch isn’t a great option. I would use xanthum gum.

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  • Bennie January 24, 2016 at 12:18 pm / Reply

    Could I use frozen cauliflower …?

    • Maria Emmerich January 25, 2016 at 11:42 am / Reply


  • sr March 25, 2016 at 7:33 pm / Reply

    What about replacing the cauliflowers with Miracle Rice?

    • Maria Emmerich March 26, 2016 at 5:09 pm / Reply


  • sr March 25, 2016 at 7:34 pm / Reply


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