Mexican Pumpkin Rice Pudding

This holiday season, try this take on a traditional Mexican rice pudding that incorporates the flavors of the fall harvest. Mix pumpkin puree with honey and milk, infusing cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon for a hearty dessert the whole family will love.

Makes seven 3/4 cup servings (~ 9.5 ounces milk per serving)
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Ingredients

3 1⁄2 cups – water
2 – cinnamon sticks
3 – 5 – whole cloves
1⁄4 teaspoon – table salt
1 cup – long-grain white rice, uncooked
3/4 cup – pumpkin purée, divided
3 ounces – honey
1 1/4 cup – fat free milk, plus more for thinning if needed
1/4 teaspoon – ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon – ground nutmeg
Optional – whipped cream
Optional – ground cinnamon, for sprinkling when serving
Pair each serving with: 8-ounce glass of milk
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Directions

Over high heat, bring water to a boil with the cinnamon sticks, cloves and salt. Remove from heat and cover. Steep for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Remove cinnamon sticks and cloves and discard. Place rice, 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, honey, 1 1/4 cup milk, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, and turn to high heat. Bring to a boil.

Once boiling, turn to low and cover. Let simmer for 30 to 35 minutes. Add additional 1/4 pumpkin puree and combine.

Ladle into bowls and add more milk for a thinner consistency, if desired. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon, if desired.  Enjoy with remaining 8-ounce glass of milk.

Nutrition

240 calories; 0 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 5 mg cholesterol;  12 g protein; 48 g carbohydrates;  1 g fiber; 220mg sodium; 370 mg calcium (35% of daily value). Nutrition figures based on using fat free milk.