Arroz con Leche (Rice Custard)

Arroz con Leche (Rice Custard)
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If you are Latin, then you have most certainly had this delicious dessert! What you probably have not had is a diabetes-friendly version that you will love just as much as the traditional dish. This guiltless version is sugar-free and features extra fiber from brown rice and flax seeds.

Find this recipe and more in our bilingual cookbook, Latin Comfort Foods Made Healthy, by Ingrid Hoffmann. To order directly from the American Diabetes Association, click here
  • Prep time
    5 min
  • Cook time
    25 min
  • Servings
    4 Servings
  • Serving size
    3/4 cup
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

4 Servings

  • Serving Size
    3/4 cup
  • Amount per serving Calories 140

  • Total Fat 2g
    • Saturated Fat 0g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol less than 5mg
  • Sodium 55mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 24g
    • Dietary Fiber 2g
    • Total Sugars 7g
  • Protein 6g
  • Potassium 230mg
  • Phosphorus 200mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1/2 Fat-free milk



  • uncooked instant brown rice
    1 cup
  • fat-free milk
    2 cup
  • water
    1 cup
  • granulated zero-calorie sweetener
    2 tbsp
  • strip orange peel (3-inch)
  • cinnamon stick
  • whole flax seeds
    1 tbsp
  • whole cloves
  • vanilla extract
    1 tsp
  • ground cinnamon
    1/2 tsp


  1. Prepare the rice according to the package directions.

  2. Combine the cooked rice, milk, water, sugar substitute, orange peel, cinnamon stick, flaxseeds, and cloves in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring often, until the rice pudding is thick and creamy, about 20 minutes.

  3. Remove from the heat. Remove and discard the orange peel, cinnamon stick, and cloves. Stir in vanilla and ground cinnamon.

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    This turned out perfect. I left out the cloves because I find the flavor too strong but would recommend the recipe