Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Date Brown Rice Pudding

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Pumpkin Date Brown Rice Pudding is a delicious and healthy rice pudding recipe, made easily in an electric pressure cooker (Instant Pot). This vegan, and dairy-free rice pudding recipe makes the perfect fall dessert. Naturally sweetened with dates and maple syrup, starring whole grain brown rice and pumpkin pie spices. this pressure cooker pumpkin date brown rice pudding is comfort food that you can feel good about.

Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Pumpkin Date Brown Rice Pudding in mason jars


Hi there. I’m Letty from Letty’s Kitchen, the blog about seasonal vegetarian cooking and desserts with a healthier twist. I’m delighted to share this pressure cooker recipe with you, especially because easy-to-make healthy desserts are always my goal.

Brown rice, the entire high fiber nutritious grain, comes with nutlike flavor and chewy texture. Brown rice takes longer to cook than white rice, which has the bran and germ removed. A pressure cooker definitely speeds up the cooking time for tender pumpkin date brown rice pudding.  

2 mason jars filled with pumpkin date brown rice pudding that was made in an Instant Pot


Making Pumpkin Date Brown Rice Pudding in an Instant Pot

An Instant Pot is one of the most popular brands of electric pressure cookers. They are easy to use and your Instant Pot can help you create this Pumpkin Date Brown Rice Pudding recipe!

In testing this recipe, I tried 3 varieties of brown rice, and each lent a different chewiness to the pudding. I thought Lundberg’s Golden Rose medium grain gave the best texture, with their short grain brown rice coming in second. Just like with white rice, shorter grains make the best rice pudding. (see note)

For the softest brown rice kernel, it helps to soak the rice in boiling water first, at least 10 minutes, and up to an hour. Rinse and drain before adding to the milk and dates in the pressure cooker. Pumpkin puree and its classic spices complement the tender-to-the-tooth texture—you stir them in after releasing the pressure.

2 mason jars of pressure cooker pumpkin date brown rice pudding topped with dairy free whipped topping

Serve your pumpkin date brown rice pudding with a dollop of cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice. Warm, room temperature, or chilled, this is a winning dessert, especially this pumpkin-y time of year.

Recipe notes:

  • This recipe is a good choice for someone who is dairy free. For a vegan cream topping, top with cashew coconut whipped cream.
  • Here’s my recipe for homemade pumpkin spice mix.
  • Lundberg Golden Rose brown rice is only sold in 25# bags—and I found it in the Whole Foods bulk bins. They sell their short grain brown rice in 2# bags, which you can find at well-stocked US supermarkets and natural food stores.
  • If you like classic home desserts, check out my recipe for dark chocolate tapioca pudding, a riff on my Dad’s favorite tapioca pudding.
  • For a wonderfully creamy white rice pudding, check out Barbara’s version made with Arborio rice.

Pumpkin Date Brown Rice Pudding Recipe

Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Pumpkin Date Brown Rice Pudding in mason jars

Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Date Brown Rice Pudding

Yield: 6 (3/4 cup) servings


  • 1 cup short grain brown rice
  • 3 cups dairy-free milk (I used cashew milk)
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup pitted dates, cut in small pieces
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice mix
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Cover the rice with boiling water and let sit 10 minutes or up to an hour more . Rinse.

Bring the milk and water to a boil in a pressure cooker pot. Add the soaked rice, dates, cinnamon stick, and salt. Lock the lid in place and bring to high pressure for 20 minutes. Use a natural pressure release.

When the pressure has released, stir in the pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and pumpkin spice mix. Cook, stirring constantly for 3 to 5 minutes, to thicken the pudding and cook out the raw pumpkin flavor. Remove from the heat and discard the cinnamon stick. Stir in the vanilla.

Transfer to a bowl and cover the surface with plastic wrap, so it touches the hot pudding, to prevent a skin from forming, and so the steam from the hot pudding doesn’t condense and create water on the surface. Let cool about 30 minutes. The pudding will thicken as it cools.

Spoon into serving cups. Serve warm, or cold, topped with maple-syrup sweetened coconut cashew whipped cream or fresh whipped cream. Sprinkle with pumpkin spice mix.

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originally published November 20, 2016 — last updated January 7, 2021
Categories: Dessert