This is a fun recipe for breakfast or dessert, it is a recipe adapted from a Samoan recipe called Cocoa Rice. It is eaten with fresh french bread and butter, and is essentially a chocolate rice pudding. It is kind of their version of a rice pudding, but it is not so thick. It is a great gluten free, and vegan recipe for dessert. It is very adaptable and you will see all the optional things you can do.

Tips and Notes
  • You can cook in a pot on the stove or it also works great in an Instant Pot.
  • Notice you can make this into a “blonde” version and omit the cocoa powder. My kids like it better this way, it has more of a coconut flavor. I added a dash of nutmeg on top as well.
  • The chocolate version is really good as well and I like it better with the orange in it. The orange kind of gives it a bit of a surprise.
  • The Ghee gives it a great nutty flavor but you do not have to add this if you would like a vegan friendly option.
  • It is important to not use a light coconut milk, when you have all that cream, it makes it thicker and creamier.
  • Use a real cocoa powder with out added sugar because this is pretty sweet. I take
    the sugar down to 3/4 cup if you would like to do that. You can also go original and use koko samoa, if you use this just chop into smaller pieces.
This is what the “blonde” vs the chocolate version looks like:
Breakfast Cocoa Rice
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: Samoan
Author: Leticia Turley Folau
Prep time:
Cook time:
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Serves: 6 servings
Chocolate Rice pudding dish served with fresh french bread and butter.
  • 1 Cup Rice
  • 4 Cup Water
  • 2 Tablespoon Sugar (I used organic)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Real Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Ghee (optional. Omit for Vegan)
  • 1 Cup Sugar (I used organic. Use less if you do not want as sweet)
  • 4 heaping Tablespoon Cocoa Powder (optional. Omit for a “blonde” version)
  • 12 oz any brand of Almond Creamer
  • 1 can regular Coconut milk (do not use light)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 drop Wild Orange oil or orange peel or leaf (optional just to add different flavor, you can also use lemon. If you do not want this flavor in your whole batch: dip a toothpick in the wild orange essential oil and swirl in your bowl)
  1. Stovetop Instructions-
  2. Bring to a boil in large pot: 1 cup rice, 4 cup water, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 T sugar and 1 T ghee if using.
  3. Mix in a separate bowl: 1 cup sugar, 4 T cocoa powder (if using) and the 12 oz of almond creamer.
  4. Pour the bowl mixture to the boiling rice.
  5. Add in 1 can coconut milk, 1 tsp vanilla, and orange if using.
  6. Simmer for 20 minutes until rice is cooked.
  7. Serve and enjoy!
  8. Insta Pot Option-
  9. Mix in a bowl the cocoa powder and sugar. This step will help the cocoa powder mix and dissolve without lumps.
  10. Add all the rest of the ingredients to the pot minus 1 Cup of water. Since you need less water in pressure cooker you will only need 3 cups of water. Cook on high for 6 minutes and quick release.
  11. Done!


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