Reflux Friendly Cooking: Tropical Rice Pudding

by Tracy Davenport, Ph.D. Health Writer

Reflux Friendly Cooking is a weekly feature that will be full of quick and easy food ideas that are acid reflux friendly and can be easily modified to meet the needs of everyone in your family Each week I'll provide a simple menu that is designed for easy digestion. I'll also give you suggestions on how to modify the same recipe for others in your family without acid reflux disease. Bon Appétit!

Tropical Rice Pudding. This time of year, I find that just using the word tropical in a recipe can be helpful to my mood. Rice pudding has always been a soothing treat for my son with acid reflux disease. The coconut milk and pineapple in this recipe will help transport you to warmer places.


4 cups coconut milk (you can find rice milk in a room-temperature carton in almost any grocery store)

1/2 cup basmati rice

3 Tbs. granulated sugar

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. salt

1 small can crushed pineapple

1 Tbs. honey

1/2 cup chopped cashews


In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring the milk, rice and sugar just to a boil, immediately reducing the heat and stirring frequently. Simmer until the rice is tender and the milk is mostly absorbed (about 20 - 25 minutes). Remove the pudding from the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. Spoon it into 4 bowls, top with the pineapple and drizzle with the honey and cashews. Serve warm or cold.

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.
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