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Crock Pot Coconut Rice Pudding (+Video)

This Crock Pot Coconut Rice Pudding is a rich and creamy dessert made with milk, rice, cinnamon, cream of coconut and vanilla.

A DISNEY COPYCAT RECIPE

This recipe for coconut rice pudding I am sharing was a dessert from our first night on board our first Disney Cruise. I fell in love with it so much, I decided to come home and make my own version. I decided to base this recipe off my Crock Pot Rice Pudding recipe. 

closeup photo of Coconut Rice Pudding in a clear glass pudding bowl topped with toasted flaked coconut.

TIPS FOR MAKING THIS CREAMY RICE DESSERT:

  • Cream of Coconut can usually be found in the alcohol-aisle of your grocery store. It is non-alcoholic and is usually used to sweeten and add flavor to Pina Coladas. So, you will usually find it on the same shelf as the other drink mixes (for margaritas and daiquiris, etc.) Pictured below.
Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut.
  • Do not use coconut milk. It’s not the same and is too runny and unsweetened. It will not work in this.
  • I have only ever made this recipe with instant rice. I think it makes for a much creamier rice pudding. You can certainly test it out using long grain rice but I haven’t tested it out yet. Please let me know it you do!
Coconut Rice Pudding pictured in a clear ice cream dish and topped with toasted flaked coconut.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • salted butter (or margarine)
  • milk (2% or higher)
  • cream of coconut
  • instant rice
  • salt
  • ground cinnamon
  • vanilla extract
  • toasted coconut (optional)
Instant Minute Rice, milk, vanilla extract, butter, cinnamon, cream of coconut.

HOW TO MAKE CROCK POT COCONUT RICE PUDDING:

Butter a 5-quart slow cooker. Make sure to rub the entire interior with the butter (or margarine.)

buttering a 5-quart crock pot.

Pour milk and cream of coconut into the bottom of the slow cooker.

pouring cream of coconut into 5-quart slow cooker along with milk.

Then pour in rice.

pouring white rice into milk and cream of coconut in slow cooker.

Stir in salt, ground cinnamon and vanilla extract and stir well.

seasoning rice pudding mixture with ground cinnamon and vanilla extract.

Top mixture with remaining butter (that you used to grease the crock pot.)

topping rice pudding mixture with dabs of butter, stirring with a wooden spoon.

Cover slow cooker and cook for about 3-4 hours on low. Make sure to stir occasionally. This will help the rice soak up all of those delicious flavors as it cooks.

covered 5-quart round slow cooker.

Top with additional cinnamon before serving.

finished coconut rice pudding, topped with a sprinkling of ground cinnamon.

If you’d like, you can top individual servings with toasted coconut flakes. Place sweetened flaked coconut on a nonstick baking sheet. Place in a preheated 350f degree oven for about 10 minutes (making sure to rotate the pan every couple of minutes) until lightly golden brown.)

Crock Pot Coconut Rice Pudding served in a glass dessert cup on top of a plate with a chopped coconut in the background.

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Crock Pot Coconut Rice Pudding

Crock Pot Coconut Rice Pudding (+Video)

This Crock Pot Coconut Rice Pudding is a rich and creamy dessert made with milk, rice, cinnamon, cream of coconut and vanilla.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons salted butter (or margarine) divided use
  • 6 cups milk 2% or higher
  • 15 ounce can cream of coconut (not coconut water or coconut milk)
  • 2 cups instant rice, uncooked (Minute Rice)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • toasted coconut for topping (optional)

Instructions

  • Butter a 5-quart slow cooker. Make sure to rub the entire interior with the butter (or margarine.)
  • Pour milk and cream of coconut into the bottom of the slow cooker. Then pour in rice, salt, ground cinnamon and vanilla extract and stir well.
  • Top mixture with remaining butter (that you used to grease the crock pot.)
  • Cover slow cooker and cook for about 3-4 hours on low. Make sure to stir occasionally. This will help the rice soak up all of those delicious flavors as it cooks.
  • Top with additional cinnamon before serving.
  • If you’d like, you can top individual servings with toasted coconut flakes. Place sweetened flaked coconut on a nonstick baking sheet. Place in a preheated 350f degree oven for about 10 minutes (making sure to rotate the pan every couple of minutes) until lightly golden brown.)

Video

Notes

  • Cream of Coconut can usually be found in the alcohol-aisle of your grocery store. It is non-alcoholic and is usually used to sweeten and add flavor to Pina Coladas. So you will usually find it on the same shelf as the other drink mixes (for margaritas and daiquiris, etc.)
  • You CANNOT substitute coconut milk or coconut water in this recipe. It won’t turn out. 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 19g | Sodium: 206mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 44g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Originally published: April 2018
Updated & republished: July 2020

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39 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I just made this and I used 71/2 cups of coconut milk and omitted the cream of coconut. The toasted coconut really put this dessert over the top! Very delicious

  2. 5 stars
    I have been looking for a recipe like this for a long time. My Gran used to make rice pudding all the time. I have tried so many recipes that use Coconut Milk and honestly the flavor is not there. They were definitely not Grans recipe. This recipe was spot on 🙂 🙂

    Mine was not sweet at all so I am guessing it was the brand I of coconut cream I used. I just heated up about a cup of milk dissolved about a 1/4 cup of sugar poured it into the crock pot mixed it through and it was perfect. The only things I did different was I used about 1/8tsp of ginger and grated nutmeg and used Arborio Rice.

    Thank you so much for this recipe because honestly I would have never thought of using coconut cream without you 🙂

  3. What if you don’t like cream of coconut milk or coconut milk or soy milk or almond milk what else can you use?

  4. How much does this make? I have a mini crockpot and was thinking about cutting the recipe in half since we are only the two of us.

  5. I love coconut and will definitely try this recipe, but am thinking about adding coconut to the pudding as it cooks. Any thoughts?

  6. Looks like a great recipe and I love coconut anything. Have you tried it with regular uncooked rice? I honestly don’t like minute rice (or instant tapioca, but that’s another story) (and yes I was a difficult child long ago and far away – didn’t like minute rice then either)

  7. HI! I’m going to try these yummy recipes, but they both say to cook on low 3-4 hours…my crockpot settings are high 4-6 hours and low is 8-10 hours…which one should I use? I don’t want to overcook it lol…thanks! 🙂

  8. Just wondering since there is no sugar what makes it sweet? My can of cream of coconut has no sugar listed in the ingredients.. Can’t wait to give it a try 🙂

  9. I couldn’t find the cream of coconut, so bought regular coconut milk, but it is not sweetened. Can i use that and add some sugar? and how much>
    Thanks.

    1. 5 stars
      Yes you can add sugar. I didn’t find cream of coconut and used coconut cream and milk in the recipe and added 1/4 cup sugar. It was great. After shopping in 6 stores I finally found some at Bulk Barn and am making a batch just like Brandis tonight. 🙂

  10. 5 stars
    Hi Brandie! Love this coconut rice pudding recipe. Any idea if evaporated milk would work in place of 2% milk? I’m glad your family had fun on your Disney cruise. Do you know if they have cruises for senior citizens? I really enjoy your posts.

    1. Hi Stacy! Yes! I wouldn’t freeze it but you could certainly keep it in the fridge for a couple of days without any issues. You can reheat individual servings in the microwave. I actually don’t mind eating it cold. I like it but I’m not sure if I’m just weird like that but it’s good to me! 🙂

    1. That is a good question but I’m not sure. Possibly. I just haven’t tested it out yet and I’m not familiar enough with coconut or almond milk to really make an educated guess. I bet someone else on here will know!:)

      1. 5 stars
        I used to make rice pudding with soy milk, years ago and it was always really good. No change in recipe, just sub the non dairy for the dairy. Now I use almond or coconut milk and it works just the same. Although I use stove top and not crock pot.

  11. It has been a bit since we were on a real family vacation. I didn’t want to have to plan the fun around nap time, but Little Dude is finally old enough to start thinking about it. A Disney cruise would be a fun way to get our sea legs back! ???? and I love the idea of coconut rice pudding in the slow cooker!

    1. Carlee, this is really where Disney shines. I talked to so many parents who gushed about how good the onboard nursery is (as well as the clubs for the kiddos that are over 3 years old.) Disney is really unique in this area. They want to make sure the whole family has a good time. It gives you a lot of options to spend time one-on-one with older siblings and also some one-on-one time with your spouse. You will also have a ‘Wave phone’ that comes standard in all the staterooms. This will allow any Disney crew member to call you if anything comes up. It works anywhere on the ship (since your cell phone service will be sketchy).
      Also, I do appreciate that Disney caters to singles, couples without children, and teenagers. Teens have their own pool area and adults do too. This is great for people, like me, whose kids are getting older and tend to think of Disney as “baby-ish” – LOL.

      1. 5 stars
        I made this recipe exactly as it states…OMG it was soooooo delicious!!!!! Family is going to FLIP! This was my first time making rice pudding. It is one of my favorites! I will definitely be making it again! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

      2. Hi Alissa! Woo Hoo!!! Thanks you SO much for coming back to let me know. And I applaud you for trying to make something that you’ve never tried to make before. So happy this was a winner for you!

  12. 5 stars
    I’m still on the fence about a Disney cruise (I just don’t like boats) but now I kinda feel like I went on yours so I’m off the hook, right?
    This pudding looks amazing!

    1. I totally get that. I think if you had a nice, calm trip (like down to the Bahamas) you’d feel better about it. They are so huge that you don’t really feel so much like you are on the water. I think the real factor is the stateroom. It’s tight for sure. But you can totally live vicariously through me! LOL. I have second post coming on Wednesday to wrap it all up!