Recently, I remembered waking up in the morning to a delicious bowl of arroz con leche made by my mom. It is a simple dish that has few ingredients but has a complex flavor with a subtle sweetness and spice. Arroz con leche, which directly translates to "rice with milk," is a Spanish version of rice pudding. It can be enjoyed either hot or cold as a dessert and even as a breakfast. It is believed that this dish originates from Moorish cuisine because of the combination of rice and cinnamon. I decided to create this arroz con leche recipe because I wanted to have a quick and easy recipe on hand for the morning. As someone that follows a vegan lifestyle, I personally find that breakfast can get monotonous and I wanted to share this recipe for people who might feel the same way. Ready in minutes, this recipe is a fantastic start to your morning.

Arroz con Leche

  • Prep Time:2 mins
  • Cook Time:10 mins
  • Total Time:12 mins
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup milk
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  • Step 1

    If you have a Microplane or a spice grinder, I HIGHLY recommend grinding the cinnamon and nutmeg. It elevates this recipe by adding a subtle, but superior flavor. However, ground cinnamon or nutmeg will work fine if you do not have it, as shown with the ground nutmeg that I used.

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  • Step 2

    Add all the ingredients except for the milk to a small sauce pot over medium-high heat.

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  • Step 3

    Once the rice mixture reaches a boil for about two minutes, reduce the heat and let it simmer until the rice is fully cooked.

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  • Step 4

    Pour in the milk and stir until combined.

    #SpoonTip: This is a really easy recipe to veganize! Use your preferred milk alternative (I used unsweetened almond milk.)

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  • Step 5


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Now that you have added this delicious arroz con leche recipe to your daily repertoire, you can further elevate your mornings with this vegan avocado pancake recipe or this vegan lemon breakfast bread!