Ris a la mande

This sweet traditional Danish dessert is typically served at Christmas in Denmark. It’s rich, creamy and best served chilled with a cherry compote on top.

This has become one of my favourite desserts in recent years. Not only because it’s so easy to make. But, also for the fact that it stores well in the fridge. You can actually sneak a bite or two for a few days after Christmas.

The tradition of eating rice pudding on Christmas

For as long as I can remember my family on my father’s side has gathered for lunch on Christmas Eve. This is one of my favourite traditions. We would exchange gifts and Christmas cards and wish each other’s Happy Christmas. The whole family would then sit down and enjoy a warm rice pudding together.

My grandmother used to make a big pot of Rice Pudding and hide an almond in it. Then everybody would get a plate and eat their pudding. The one who got the almond had to wait to tell until the last person had stopped eating. For the children, this was always the most exciting part. The person with the almond always got a gift. Usually, a chocolate treat he or she would then share with the others.

Unfortunately, my grandmother can no longer make the rice pudding. But, that doesn’t stop the family from getting together as now her children take turns in hosting the lunch. Now, my grandmother gets to sit and enjoy the porridge with her children and grandchildren. Hopefully for many years to come.

I will always have warm memories of this Christmas lunch, it somehow marks the start of the Christmas festivities. Now, when we don’t live in Iceland anymore we make our own traditions. I make vegan rice pudding and we still have it for lunch on Christmas Eve.

Great use of leftovers

Making rice pudding for Christmas is actually very clever. I always make a little bit extra and put it straight into a container. This will be our Ris a la mande for dessert on the Second Day of Christmas. Then, all I have to do is whip the cream, add the almonds and I have a quick and easy dessert. My top secret though is that I just buy the cherry compote and I usually always have some leftover caramel sauce from the desserts from the days before.

Vegan Ris a la Mande

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Author: Steina


For the rice pudding

  • 1 cup porridge rice
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 l soy milk (or other plant-milk option)
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 1/2 tbsp vegan butter

Add ins

  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup whipped plant-based cream
  • 50 g flaked almonds
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • Prepare the rice pudding by pouring the rice into a pot and bring to a boil with the water.
  • Add salt and the soy milk(or other plant-milk option) and allow to simmer on low heat until you have reached a creamy texture. Usually takes about 40-60 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • Take the rice pudding off the heat, add coconut cream, vegan butter and vanilla and stir well, Allow to sit for about 30 minutes with the lid on.
  • Transfer the rice pudding to a container and place in the fridge until completely cold (for a few hours or overnight).
  • Whip the cream and fold in the rice pudding. Add the flaked almonds and more vanilla and sugar if needed. Combine everything well together.
  • Serve with cherry compote or caramel sauce.
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