Lactose-free Danish rice pudding

Lactose-free Danish rice pudding

Savour the delightful taste of creamy almond rice pudding paired with a rich cherry sauce in our lactose-free Danish rice pudding recipe. Perfect for festive occasions or everyday indulgence, this classic dessert offers a harmonious blend of sweetness, texture, and flavour. Enjoy the cherished Danish tradition of serving this creamy dessert during the holiday season without any lactose.


  • Bring water and rice to a boil in a thick-bottomed pan. Cook the rice on medium heat, stirring for about 2 minutes.
  • Add milk and bring the mixture to a boil. Cook over low heat for about 40 minutes until the rice is tender.
  • Cover and place it in the fridge until it is cold, preferably overnight.
  • Set a whole almond aside and chop the rest.
  • Combine the rice pudding with vanilla powder, sugar and chopped almonds.
  • Whisk the cream to a light foam and stir about 1/3 of the whipped cream together with the rice pudding. Carefully fold in the rest of the whipped cream along with the whole almond.
  • Cover it and let it sit in the fridge until it is ready for serving. The person who gets the whole almond wins a prize.

As you cook the rice, do not rush this process – bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Stir frequently to prevent it from sticking to the pot. Also, a good rule of thumb is to not cook the rice until all the liquid has gone, as the rice will absorb the remaining liquid as it cools.


When whipping the lactose-free cream, make sure it is very cold before starting, as this will allow it to incorporate better into the pudding and maintain its structure. Gently fold in the whipped cream, taking care not to overmix and cause the whipped cream to deflate.

Questions about lactose-free Danish rice pudding

This lactose-free Danish rice pudding recipe brings together the best of both worlds – delicious flavours and textures minus the lactose. Read on to learn more about the dessert!

What is lactose-free Danish rice pudding?
Lactose-free Danish rice pudding offers a lactose-free alternative to the traditional Danish dessert known as 'risalamande.' This delectable dessert consists of cooked rice that is sweetened and flavoured with vanilla, then combined with lactose-free whipped cream and chopped almonds. To complete the dessert, a cherry sauce is often drizzled on top before serving.
When do you eat lactose-free Danish rice pudding?
Danish rice pudding is traditionally eaten during the Christmas season, particularly on Christmas Eve, as part of the festive meal. However, it can also be enjoyed as a dessert throughout the year whenever you are craving a creamy, comforting treat. The hidden whole almond in the pudding is a popular Danish tradition that adds an element of fun; whoever finds the almond in their serving receives a small prize.
How do you serve lactose-free Danish rice pudding?
Lactose-free Danish rice pudding is usually served cold, which highlights the creamy texture and rich flavour. To complement the dish, a cherry sauce, either warm or cold, is drizzled on top and provides a delightful contrast to the pudding while adding a burst of fruity sweetness. The harmonious blend of the cold Danish rice pudding and cherry sauce creates a satisfying and delectable dessert that can be enjoyed year-round.


Arla® LactoFREE Milk whole
1 litre
Arla® LactoFREE Whipping and cooking cream
500 ml
300 ml
Pudding rice
180 g
Almonds (without skin, roughly chopped)
100 g
2 tbsp
Vanilla powder
¼ tsp
To serve
Cherry sauce
1 Glass

Enjoy a sweet lactose-free Danish rice pudding with almonds and cherry sauce

Imagine sinking your spoon into a velvety, creamy almond rice pudding, bursting with the sweetness of vanilla and whipped cream, the crunch of almonds, and topped with a tantalising cherry sauce. This heavenly dessert is a lactose-free variation of the traditional Danish rice pudding, also known as ‘risalamande’.

It consists of tender grains of pudding rice cooked with lactose-free milk, which is then gently folded with sweet vanilla, chopped almonds, and lactose-free whipped cream. This gives the dessert a delightful creamy and velvety texture with a bit of crunch to every bite. A fruity cherry sauce adds a crowning touch, as the tartness of the cherries cuts through the richness of the pudding, creating a sweet fusion of flavours.

For more delicious dessert recipes, check out our lactose-free orange chia pudding, lactose-free porridge with apple and almonds, and baked pears with lactose-free cinnamon yoghurt cream.

Traditional Christmas rice pudding without the lactose

No Danish Christmas is complete without a hearty helping of Danish Christmas rice pudding. A staple in Danish households during the festive season, this dessert is a joyous fusion of taste, texture, and tradition. This recipe substitutes regular milk and cream with lactose-free alternatives, ensuring that the dessert remains as authentic, tasty, and delicious as its traditional counterpart. Complete with a hidden almond for an added touch of fun and tradition, the sweet traditional dessert has been a favourite for generations, and this lactose-free variation ensures that even more people can savour its delectable taste.