Almond Cardamom Rice Pudding

Posted by Dr. Scott Wilson | 14-Nov-2014

Served warm or cold, this wonderful creamy treat makes for an excellent addition to the holiday season. What’s more, by using a non-dairy almond beverage, even those with dairy sensitivities can enjoy!


  • 2 cups (500 mL) water
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) brown basmati rice
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) pot barley
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) vanilla flavoured almond non-dairy beverage
  • 1 cup (250 mL) chopped pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) toasted slivered almonds (optional)

In a saucepan, bring water, rice, barley, cinnamon and cardamom pods to boil over medium high heat. Reduce to a simmer; cover and cook for 20 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed. Uncover and stir in almond beverage and dates. Simmer gently, stirring occasionally for about 30 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Remove from heat and stir in almonds, if using; cover and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
For a more intense vanilla flavour, add 2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla extract with the almonds. For a less sweet tasting rice pudding, look for unsweetened almond non-dairy beverage in your grocery or health food stores.
Source: (Developed by Emily Richards, PH Ec)

Dr. Scott Wilson

Dr. Scott Wilson is the Founder & Chairman of Physiomed; one of Canada’s largest franchised networks of inter-disciplinary healthcare clinics. A graduate of Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Dr. Wilson founded Physiomed in 1994 and has since grown Physiomed to over 30 clinics in Southern Ontario and British Columbia. With hundreds of practitioners from over a dozen disciplines, Dr. Wilson and Physiomed have helped over 100,000 Canadians with physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, orthotic therapy, compression therapy and clinical conditioning as part of a program of rehabilitation and health optimization. In addition to helping patients improve their physical and mental well-being, Dr. Wilson has also mentored hundreds of practitioners to provide better care while enjoying more fulfilling careers. He is also a keynote speaker on many health related topics including how physiotherapy, chiropractic and health & wellness treatment can help with stress, weight loss, and unlocking the true potential within to achieve lasting physical well-being.

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