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Vegan 8 Treasure Rice Pudding

A traditional Chinese New Year rice pudding dish Americanized.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Amanda Nicole Smith


  • 2 cups forbidden rice
  • 3/4 cups dried fruit; prunes apricots, cherries, etc.
  • 1/2 cup adzuki beans*
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 vanilla bean
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon


  • 1 can coconut milk**


  • Soak forbidden rice for 1 hour or rinse for about 2 minutes.
  • Cook forbidden rice as you would white rice.
  • Blend up dried fruit, beans, and water to make a fruit and bean paste.
  • Add fruit and bean paste to rice and stir in well.
  • Form rice by packing it down with a spoon in a large bowl, or 4 ramekins. You can create layers with nuts, fresh fruit, caramel, coconut shreds or whatever else you can think of.


*For optimal heath adzuki beans should be spouted and slow cooked, however canned beans will suffice.
**1 can coconut cream can be substituted for coconut vanilla ice cream. Do not buy the coconut milk in a carton.
I like to refrigerate my coconut milk so the fat separates to the top. I then scoop the coconut fat and dollop it on top of the rice.