Low-carb version of Protein Rice Pudding

Introducing the ultimate undercover agent in the world of desserts: Low-Carb Protein Rice Pudding! It's like a stealthy ninja, sneaking into your menu without spiking your blood sugar levels. This pudding is so low-carb, it practically moonlights as a vegetable dish. Picture this: cauliflower rice, masquerading as its carb-heavy cousin, takes center stage, while almond milk adds a creamy twist. But wait, there's more! Vanilla protein powder swoops in like a superhero, ensuring you get that muscle-building boost. We sweeten the deal with monk fruit, so you can indulge guilt-free, knowing your taste buds are in on the low-carb conspiracy. Top it off with berries, nuts, and a sprinkle of whimsy, and you've got yourself a delicious dessert.

low carb rice pudding

1 cup cauliflower rice
1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
2-3 tablespoons monk fruit sweetener, stevia, or erythritol (adjust to taste)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Optional toppings: sliced strawberries, raspberries, chopped almonds or pecans, unsweetened shredded coconut, a sprinkle of cinnamon

  1. Prepare the Cauliflower Rice: If you're using fresh cauliflower, pulse it in a food processor until it resembles rice grains. Alternatively, you can use store-bought cauliflower rice.

  2. Cook the Cauliflower Rice: In a medium saucepan, add the cauliflower rice and almond milk over medium heat. Stir well to combine.

  3. Add Protein Powder: Once the mixture starts to simmer, add the vanilla protein powder. Stir continuously to ensure it's well incorporated.

  4. Sweeten and Flavor: Add monk fruit sweetener (or your preferred low-carb sweetener), vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon to the saucepan. Adjust sweetness and flavor according to your taste preferences. Stir well.

  5. Simmer: Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. This allows the cauliflower rice to absorb the flavors and thicken the pudding.

  6. Check Consistency: If the pudding is too thick, you can add a little more almond milk to reach your desired consistency.

  7. Serve: Once the pudding reaches your desired consistency, remove it from the heat. Let it cool for a few minutes before serving.

  8. Garnish and Enjoy: Serve the low-carb protein rice pudding warm or chilled, topped with sliced strawberries, raspberries, chopped almonds or pecans, and a sprinkle of unsweetened shredded coconut or cinnamon for garnish.

  9. Storage: Any leftover pudding can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat it in the microwave or enjoy it cold.

This low-carb protein rice pudding is a satisfying and nutritious option for those following a low-carb lifestyle. Feel free to customize it with your favorite low-carb toppings!

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