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Sweet Potato Brown Rice Pudding

If was forced to eat only one dessert for the rest of my life, it would definitely be this Sweet Potato Brown Rice Pudding. It checks all the boxes making it both healthy and delish!
Dec 4, 2017 | Joy McCarthy

Rice pudding is one of those desserts people either love or hate. I'm definitely in the camp of being a rice pudding lover and so are Walker and Vienna. However, most rice pudding recipes are full of refined sugar and made with white rice. These are not ingredients I recommend because they spike your blood sugar and will promote the storage of fat. 

If I was forced to eat only one dessert for the rest of my life, it would definitely be this Sweet Potato Brown Rice Pudding. It checks all the boxes for a joyous-approved treat, making it both healthy and delish!


  • It's got tons of fiber, making itlfilling and great for digestive health thanks to the sweet potato, banana and brown rice. 
  • It's rich in antioxidants from the spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves making it the perfect medley of flavours. 
  • It's got plant-based protein from the walnuts, nut milk and minimal amounts of protein in the brown rice too!
  • It's creamy, delicious and a crowd-pleaser. 

See what I mean? This dessert is awesome! Not unlike many of my dessert recipes, I actually really love eating it chilled at breakfast with a schlop of coconut whipped cream on top.

It's nice and creamy from the mashed banana, nut milk and maple syrup. If you wanted to make it even more creamy, you could add another mashed banana. If you are allergic to bananas, you can swap it with applesauce instead. 

You could even add dried cranberries to the mix, which would be lovely, especially this time of year. 

This recipe first made an appearance last year in my Detox-Friendly Desserts ebook I released just before Joyous Detox was published. You can get the whole ebook below, for free!

Here's my recipe:

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  • 5 cups cooked brown rice (approximately 2 cups uncooked)
  • 1 1/2 cups nut milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 banana mashed
  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup or real maple syrup
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup cooked sweet potato puree
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil to grease pan
  1. I cook the brown rice and sweet potato ahead of time. For brown rice, simply follow the package instructions or just make sure you have a 2:1 ratio, water to brown rice when you cook it. The sweet potatoes are easily steamed for 20 minutes or roasted in the oven for 30-35 minutes at 350°F, just be sure to puree them in a food processor or blender.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Pour into a greased 8x8 baking dish and bake at 350°F for 35-45 minutes.
  3. I like to top it with walnuts, coconut yogurt and a drizzle of raw honey!


Makes 8-10 servings.

I hope this ends up on your dessert table over the holidays! I would be honoured if you tagged me on social media @joyoushealth #joyoushealth as I love seeing your creations. 

What's one dessert you never get tired of?

Have a joyous week!


Oestreich O.   •   December 7, 2017

Nice recipe!it is different one for me. Thank you for sharing sweet blog!


Louis R.   •   December 7, 2017

Sweet potato is excellent source of vitamin A , vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. And also it contains good fiber and potassium. Thank you for sharing delicious and good health recipe for us.


Val   •   December 8, 2017

This looks so yummy and easy to make!!! Thank you for sharing, I love all of your posts! :)

Joy McCarthy   •   December 8, 2017

Janet   •   December 9, 2017

You're quite the inspiration. I've combined a few of your recipes into my own for breakfast this morning: soaked and drained thick cut oats with your non-dairy nog poured over the top, and some roasted sweet potato mixed in. Delish! Thank you!

Rachel Molenda   •   December 11, 2017

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