Not your Gramma’s rice pudding…


Okay…so it’s not rice by ANY stretch of the imagination.  But it’s for sure pudding!

I love the flavor of a gorgeous rice pudding, but those white carbs will gettcha quick. I got this idea from a message board (thank you McNee) and added a touch or two of my own.  It has all the flavors of the traditional and even the “feel” of rice (if you close your eyes and imagine a little bit).  Add a little unflavored protein powder for the perfect excuse to eat dessert for breakfast or lunch.

Even if you don’t love cottage cheese, this may convince you of it’s awesomeness!

Kristina has a great idea…I’ll be trying this asap! “ … since it’s fall now I was inspired to change up this recipe a bit. I used about 1/2 a small box of butterscotch pudding (instead of the vanilla) and I added 3 Tbs. of Pumpkin puree, and substituted pumpkin pie spice for the cinnamon. I also added a bit more splenda. OMG!! Awesome. Like a pumpkin pie.”




One (4-serving size) pkg sugar-free Instant Vanilla pudding mix

1 3/4 cups milk

One 16-ounce container small curd cottage cheese

1/2 cup sweetened whipped cream OR Cool Whip

2-3 tablespoons Splenda – if desired

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg


In a large bowl whisk together the pudding mix and milk until thickened.  Fold in the cottage cheese, whipped cream, Splenda, if using, raisins, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Cover and chill for at least two hours.

I changed my mind on letting it sit!  I love this as soon as it’s made and the next day…after that it’s good, but not AS good.  Also, the raisins get too soft for me.  I like them CHEWY!  So  from now on I will make it without the raisins and add them fresh to each serving.  (After how many years of making this did I finally figure that out?)

Makes approx six 1/2-cup servings.

Per Serving: Calories 105; Protein 3 g; Fat 3 g; NET Carbs 17 g; Sugar 8 g; Sodium 236 mg


31 Comments Add yours

  1. Deb L says:

    OMG, you are an angel for adding your magic touch to this awesome recipe. A family favorite!! HUGS! D

  2. I love rice pudding and haven’t had it in years. Since I am avoiding white rice, this sounds great to me:)

  3. patti says:

    oh I have to try this..I put nutmeg and raisins in my oatmeal every morning to get that rice pudding taste!! Going to try this tonight..thank you!!!

  4. stephchows says:

    wait no rice rice pudding??? lol 🙂

  5. takethecake says:

    I didn’t try this when I first saw it, because rice pudding has always been one of my favorite things! I’m afraid I’d down the whole recipe in a single pounce! But Linda, you have succeeded in making it look so good you broke though my barriers of common sense. And I just bought cottage cheese three days ago. Need I say more?

  6. CaSaundra says:

    Wow–who cares if it’s missing the rice, still sounds fabulous!

  7. T2Nashville says:

    Linda – let me ask you a question. I just cannot stomach cottage cheese. I’ve tried mixing it with other sweet things, but I cannot seem to cut the “sour” taste of it. Is this recipe REALLY sweet enough to cut that? I don’t mind closing my eyes to imagine the rice, but I really need it to NOT taste like cottage cheese at all. I guess I need to try it for myself!

    1. Linda says:

      Tammy…this is pretty sweet on it’s own, but you could also add more Splenda. Seriously, the cottage cheese taste doesn’t come through! There’s enough spicy-raisiny-vanillay stuff in it that it’s pretty disguised!

  8. Stacy says:

    I made this today and it was FABULOUS. I didn’t even have any vanilla…thought I had some in the pantry and I didn’t. I can’t even imagine how much better it is with the vanilla. Thanks for all of your wonderful recipes. I have yet to make something from your site that I haven’t LOVED.

  9. GayleTX says:

    Good stuff!! It’s a good thing my pouch only holds 3 oz. or I wouldn’t have been able to stop eating it! I did add in the vanilla protein and a few walnuts.

  10. kathleen-ann husband says:

    I found good to see ya…Happy days.
    about the Grandmas pudding..made with cottage cheese…why is it so high in carbs.?? but low in protein..cottage cheese should be higher in pro. Or am I silly?? Thanks and Huggies, Kathleen

  11. Deb L says:

    Hey, punkin!! lol! The other day I made a batch, was out of nutmeg, but had some LorAnn’s EggNog Oils and added @ 5 drops. OMG< it was so good.


  12. Toni says:

    Okay…this rocked my world.

    In fact, I’m convinced there is something addictive in this combination because ever since we made it over the weekend, I’ve been craving it daily.

    Thank you sweetie. You are the best!!!

    1. Linda says:

      I KNOW!

      I’ve made it more lately than I care to admit and no one here likes it but me. So…….hmmmmm….someone’s eaten a LOT of it all by their lonesome.

  13. takethecake says:

    Yep, I’m addicted. Every night now for a full two weeks. And because I am a sweet fiend, I do add a tad more splenda. Oh, and a drop or two of vanilla extract. I have it down to a science of ‘by the bowl’ so its fresh every night. LOVE IT!

  14. T2Nashville says:

    Well, I did it. I hate cottage cheese, and I made it anyway. And THANK GOD I did! Finally, a way I can eat cottage cheese. Love this stuff! Thanks for encouraging me to try it, because it’s fantastic.

    1. Linda says:

      Congrats on your new adventure, doll!!

  15. Super Sue says:

    This is delicious! I went out and bought several more packages of pudding mix for my future.
    Thanks. Keep up the good work.

  16. That pudding looks absolutely fantastic! I will be trying it out!

  17. Freddie Summers says:

    Linda, I love this recipe! It took me a while to get the courage to eat cottage cheese that was sweetened. It just didn’t sound appealing. I was SO wrong! As always, this is a keeper. Thank you so much!

  18. Karen Manning says:

    I have made this 3x. ..we LOVE it. I took it to a “picnic” at my mother in law’s house. . .didn’t tell anyone what it was. (They all love my former Swedish Rice Pudding. . .so thought it was that…same creamy texture.) Well, everyone loved it and were shocked when I told them what it was made of. This one is definitely a WINNER!!

    1. Linda says:

      Isn’t that just the best?! I love it when people think they are eating “bad”, but really aren’t, and wouldn’t even TASTE the dish if they knew the truth in the beginning!!

  19. Cindy says:

    WOW – I love rice pudding but know the traditional recipe will no longer work for me. Had the RNY 4/26/10. I also am slowly getting back to trying dairy products and never really cared for cottage cheese. But when I came across this recipe I had to try it. I found Lactaid cottage cheese and made this recipe for the first time. It will be a favorite for the rest of my life. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT. Thank you!!

  20. littlesky says:

    Ok, I saw this recipe when it was first posted and I though, bleh. I don’t like sweetened cottage cheese. Ran across it again today and decided I had to try it. Have a carton of cottage cheese in fridge and it was about to go bad.

    OMG I am so glad I did. It hits all the right spots. It does remind you of rice pudding which I love, but can no longer eat.

    This was such a great recipe. Thanks so much!

  21. kelly says:

    OMG I love this stuff I swear I make it a least once a week.. Last time I added Rum extract instead of vanilla, I thought I died and gone to heaven. I can even get the picky boys to eat it and they dont like cottage cheese..I even fooled my hubby (he likes cottage cheese) but had no idea..Thanks LINDA..You rock girl

  22. Kristina says:


    I’ve tried this recipe and it rocks. In fact, since it’s fall now I was inspired to change up this recipe a bit. I used about 1/2 a small box of butterscotch pudding (instead of the vanilla) and I added 3 Tbs. of Pumpkin puree, and substituted pumpkin pie spice for the cinnamon. I also added a bit more splenda. OMG!! Awesome. Like a pumpkin pie. Thanks for the inspiration!! Love your blog. Your carmel apple crisp recipe is to die for too.


    1. Linda says:

      KRISTINA!! That sounds so wonderful! I will definitely try it – I love pumpkin ANYTHING this time of year and that pudding would be perfect for it. In fact I’ll add a note to the recipe giving credit to you for the idea. Thanks!!

  23. Leslie says:

    Will have to try this! Really sounds good, except for the raisins!! I will try using with craisins.

  24. Daniel White says:

    And stumbleupon does it to me again…another food site with delicious looking food!

    Must stop drooling!

  25. chefmerry says:

    This is SOOOOO GOOD!! You would never know that there is no rice in this recipe!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  26. Brenda McNeil says:

    Linda, this is so good!!! Im going to add some cooked quinoa next time! This will give it more of the rice pudding texture.

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