This is one of my favourite carb-up desserts. It combines highly nutritious black glutinous rice, a quality fat-free protein source, and the delicious combo of chocolate and cherry flavours, making it a high carb, low fat dessert that hits the pleasure centres you want in a dessert without missing the richness of fat you come to expect from your favourite keto desserts. Forbidden rice is also known as 'black rice' but I feel that calling it "forbidden" really works for a carb-up recipe. ;)
Chocolate Cherry Forbidden Rice Pudding Carb-Up Recipe
- 1 cup black rice
- 1½ cups water
- 1 scoop chocolate whey protein isolate (*Swap with vegan chocolate protein powder to make it vegan.)
- 1 teaspoon dark cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
- 1 teaspooon pure vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon Himalayan pink sea salt
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup fresh cherries or ¼ cup unsweetened dried cherries
In an Instant Pot, combine rice, water, and salt. Lock the lid in place and select 'High Pressure' and 22 minutes cook time. When beep sounds turn off pressure cooker and use a natural pressure release for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, release any remaining pressure with a quick pressure release.
Add almond milk, chocolate whey protein, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and coconut sugar to rice in pressure cooking pot. Select 'Saute' and heat until all ingredients are dissolved, stirring occasionally. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture just starts to boil. Turn off pressure cooker. Stir in cherries.
Serve immediately, or pour into serving dishes cool then chill. (Pudding will thicken as it cools, so you may want to add a little almond milk if serving cold.)
What's your favourite carb-up rice pudding recipes? I fully expect to experiment with different ones on my carb-up days, so please share in the comments. Or if you try this recipe out, let me know how it goes, either in the comments, or by tagging me in any photos you share of your creation on Instagram.