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Wholesome Banana Rice Pudding

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This creamy rice pudding gets its sweet goodness from ripe banana and honey.  It is a great way to turn leftover rice into a simple and delicious dessert.

Two small glass bowls of creamy rice pudding sweetened with banana and honey in front of blue saucepan.

Turn an overripe banana and leftover rice in to a cozy comforting dessert. It will satisfy your sweet tooth without processed sugar.

      Somehow it happened that we had one lone overripe banana in the house.  Usually I try to make sure we have a few at a time so I can make Di’s Banana Cake or these delicious Banana Oat Muffins.

I just made a batch of our favorite Whole Grain Banana Yogurt Pancakes for Fat Tuesday, so those were out.  What the heck was I going to do with one banana?! Then genius struck!

     This is one of those clean out the refrigerator dishes that tastes so good too.  Some leftover rice from last night’s dinner, that old banana on the counter that had better be used today or it is going to be nothing but a gooey mess and some pantry staples and voila! 

This would make a perfect snack or a great healthier dessert.  Heck, it would be a tasty breakfast as well! It is perfect for toddlers and adults alike. 

Banana rice pudding ingredients, cooked rice, milk, cinnamon, vanilla, mashed banana and honey ready to be cooked.

This recipe isn’t overly sweet, and it gets most of its sugar from the banana.  If you banana isn’t as ripe as mine was, you may want to give it a taste and either drizzle with a little more honey or stir some in. 

 I was fine with it just as is, but you can certainly do it your way.  In just over 10 minutes I had my first serving. 

 I just love warm rice pudding!  The rest went into the fridge for later.  It was really good cold too.

spoonful of creamy banana rice pudding ready to be eaten.

If you like rice pudding, you may want to check out my old fashioned baked rice pudding recipe.  It is a great way to turn a couple of cups of leftover rice into a great dessert.

Yield: 5 half cup servings

Banana Rice Pudding

small bowls of banana honey rice pudding with nutmeg grater in front of teal saucepan.

This creamy rice pudding gets its sweet goodness from ripe banana. It is a great way to turn leftover rice into a simple and delicious dessert.

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes


  • 1.5 cups prepared rice (I used leftover organic brown rice)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • More cinnamon for serving


Place banana, milk, honey, cinnamon and salt in a blender and blend until smooth.Place rice and banana mixture in a medium saucepan (use one larger than you'd think, the milk mixture will foam and expand while you are cooking it.)

Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until thickened, about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

I love eating a serving while it is still warm, but if you like your rice pudding cold just refrigerate for about an hour or until chilled.

Serve with an additional sprinkle of cinnamon.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 127Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 48mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 3g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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This creamy rice pudding gets its sweet goodness from ripe banana and honey.  It is a great way to turn leftover rice into a simple and delicious dessert.

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Monday 15th of March 2021

Yum. I need to make this for breakfast soon


Tuesday 16th of March 2021

It would make a great breakfast! I usually have it for a healthier dessert.


Friday 12th of March 2021

I love rice pudding and I guess I have never made it myself. Looking forward to trying this so I printed it right up! Thanks!


Friday 12th of March 2021

I hope you enjoy it!

Andrea Nine

Friday 12th of March 2021

My mom is a huge fan of rice pudding. The addition of the banana is brilliant and can just imagine how tasty this is. YUM!


Friday 12th of March 2021

It's a great way to still have a treat but keep it on the healthier side! Thanks, Andrea!


Wednesday 2nd of March 2016

Looks great, pinned!


Wednesday 2nd of March 2016

Thank you!


Saturday 27th of February 2016

I have some left over rice it my fridge that I was thinking of using in a rice pudding, banana sounds like a great addition, I will have to try this! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!


Sunday 28th of February 2016

I hope you love it! Thanks for hosting!