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November 22, 2013

Healthified Riz a l'amande. The best Christmas dessert ever. Low fat.

Phew, finally friday. Am I the only one who feels like this week has lasted forever? Well, good thing friday is here.

As you probably know by now I’m so read for Christmas. I really can’t wait. You are so lucky all of you who celebrate Thanksgiving. You get to start the holiday season way earlier than we do. I wish we had something like thanksgiving here in Denmark.

Healthified Riz a l'amande. The best Christmas dessert ever. Low fat.

But well, I decided to kick off the holiday season the other day by making the dessert which everybody (literally) in Denmark eat on Christmas eve; Riz a L’amande. One of the bests desserts in the world.

It is basically just the kind of rice porridge which everyone in Denmark eats for dinner during the winter with vanilla, almonds and whipped cream. And then we serve it with cherry sauce. SO good. My mouth waters just by thinking of it.

But as we all know whipped cream isn’t exactly healthy. So I tried adding greek yoghurt instead. Best. Decision. Ever. The riz a l’amande turned out just as wonderful as always. And it even was to healthy that I had it for breakfast.

Really riz a l’amande is to damn good you’d like to eat it all the time. No joke.

Healthified Riz a l'amande. The best Christmas dessert ever. Low fat.

The “riz-a-l’amande-tradition”

Riz a l’amande isn’t just a dessert. It is a kind of game as well. A game which everyone in Denmark has played since they were very small and associates with cozy Christmas evenings. In the desserts there are a lot of blanched almonds, roughly chopped. But when the dessert is served on Christmas eve there is one (sometimes two) whole almonds in the bowl of riz a l’amande. Whoever gets the whole almond wins the present, which has been laid in the centre of the table.

Nobody is allowed to begin eating their dessert before everyone has a bowl full in front of them, and when people begins to eat the mood turns into something very special. Imagine the entire family sitting almost completely silent around the table with an excited and playful grin on their faces, as everybody concentrates on feeling the food in order not to chew the whole almond. ‘Cause if you chew it, you don’t get the present.

Gaaah – I can’t wait for Christmas eve now!

Healthified Riz a l'amande. The best Christmas dessert ever. Low fat.

Though there is only a whole almond in the dessert on Christmas eve you can still have a bowl full (or five) before Christmas ;)

The dessert is very filling!


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Riz a l'amande, healthified
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Serves: 6-8
  • 3 dl. (1 cup + 4 tbsp) water
  • 180 g. pudding rice
  • 1 vanilla pod, beans scrabed
  • 1 l. (4 cups) milk - you can use skim
  • A tiny bit of salt
  • 4 tbsp. honey (or more depending on your taste)
  • 100 g. almonds
  • 2 cups low fat, plain greek yoghurt
  1. In a big bowl bring the water to the boil. Add in the rice and boil for 5 minutes.
  2. Pour the milk into the pod and add the vanilla beans. Slowly bring to the boil.
  3. Boil for about 40 minutes until thick. Watch out! The porridge easily boil over.
  4. Season with salt and honey.
  5. Transfer to a bowl and let the porridge cool completely in the fridge.
  6. Meanwhile blanch the almonds and chop them roughly.
  7. Once the porridge is completely cold stir in chopped almonds and yoghurt.
  8. Serve completely cold with warm cherry sauce.
Make your own cherry sauce by bringing pitted cherries to the boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes and sweeten (if desired) with honey or agave.


15 responses to “Riz a l’amande, healthified”

  1. I LOVE this recipe! It looks rich, decadent and creamy. Yum!

  2. Leigha says:

    What a cool tradition!! This sounds awesome!

  3. Lovely tradition, I have never heard of this dessert I look forward to trying it! What does dl stand for?

  4. Yum I love rice pudding! This version looks so creamy and healthy too!

  5. […] to the healthy treats: I’ve already healthified the Riz á l’Amande and the Pepper Nuts, but now it is time for one of my favorite treats which are totally healthy […]

  6. consuelohoneyandfigs says:

    Lovely tradition, it sounds so fun!
    And this pudding looks amazing! Adding greek yogurt is such a genius idea :)

  7. Lucia says:

    I really thank you for this recipe! :) After living in DK for several years, I felt in love with this Christmas pudding. I´m just trying out your healthy version now, great idea! Hope it will turn out yummyyy.
    Keep posting your awesome recipes, please :)

  8. Ashley says:

    This sounds wonderful! Just stumbled upon your blog from pinterest and want to make this for my mom at Christmas, what a fun tradition! Just to clarify though, do steps 1 & 2 happen in the same bowl?

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