Creamy Not-Rice Pudding

Creamy Not-Rice Pudding

Rice pudding has lots of nostalgia for me. It was the only thing my grandmother made that was actually edible. The thought of her rice pudding got me through many a horrifying family Sunday lunch.

Of course rice pudding hasn’t been high on my list of foods to eat given my low carb journey. To be honest I didn’t miss it at all.

But when I saw a ‘not rice’ pudding recipe in one of the Greek Kitchen Stories cookbooks using cottage cheese and Greek yoghurt, it sparked some of those childhood memories and it wasn’t long until a tub of cottage cheese found its way into my shopping trolley.

Speaking of cottage cheese, I’d forgotten how much I love it. It has a bad reputation as ‘diet food’ but I love it on it’s own. And also mashed with tuna or salmon as a filling for lettuce wraps.

Back to the important topic of pudding…

I love, love, love this idea as a simple dessert.

Basically plonk cottage cheese in a bowl then top with some sort of fruit and some sort of nuts. And it has all the creamy goodness of rice pudding – with that nubbly texture.

So many possibilities.

Creamy Not-Rice Pudding

Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 person


  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 2 drops vanilla extract optional
  • 1 pinch cinnamon optional
  • 2 tablespoons apple sauce or other fruit
  • 25 g walnuts or other nuts or seeds


  1. Place cottage cheese in a small bowl or glass. If using vanilla and / or cinnamon stir it into the cottage cheese.
  2. Top with the apple sauce (or other fruit) and finish with the nuts / seeds.

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NET CARBS 10g/serve

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Variations & Substitutions for Creamy Not-Rice Pudding

extra creamy – use a combo of cottage cheese and whipped cream or double cream.

extra tangy – use a combo of greek yoghurt and cottage cheese.

different fruitroast pears, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, mango, pineapple, roast peaches, chopped dates, chopped prunes, figs, any fruit really.

Keto / ultra low carb – replace the apple sauce with melted dark chocolate.

dairy-free – replace cottage cheese with this cashew ‘sour cream’.

nut-free – use seeds or extra fruit or some chopped chocolate chunks,

other flavour ideas – maple syrup, honey,

Waste Avoidance Strategy for Creamy Not-Rice Pudding

cottage cheese – in a sealed tub it usually has a shelf life of a few weeks in the fridge. If in an opened container, will only keep for a few days so use for another meal or freeze.

vanilla extract / cinnamon / walnuts or other nuts or seeds – keep them in the pantry.

apple sauce or other fruit – freeze it.

Prepare Ahead

Not really – best when freshly made. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for 1-2 weeks or can be frozen.

Creamy Not-Rice Pudding

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