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Traditional rice pudding is gloppy, white, and studded with raisins. By contrast, this one is made with black rice, traditionally used in Indian and Thai desserts. In addition to being more glamorous than the traditional version, this pudding contains star anise, which might be a novel flavor for your kids. Another perk of this dish is that it gives kids a chance to eat a familiar food (rice) in a totally different presentation. Excerpted from THE ADVENTUROUS EATERS CLUB by Misha and Vicki Collins, reprinted with permission from HarperOne and imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Copyright 2019.

Shooting Star Pudding [Vegan]

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  • 1 cup black rice, soaked in water for a few hours
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 to 5 whole star anise
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • Generous pinch of sea salt


  1. Drain and rinse the rice a few times in a fine-mesh colander.
  2. Combine the rice and 2 cups water in a medium pot. Cover, bring to a boil, then turn the heat down and simmer for 45 minutes.
  3. Add the coconut milk, cinnamon, star anise, maple syrup, and salt.
  4. Stir and simmer an additional 30 minutes, taking the lid off for the last 10 minutes and stirring occasionally. Spoon into bowls, and serve warm.
  5. Don’t eat the star anise. But if you find one in your bowl, you get to make a wish!


Recipe Photo Credit: Michèle M. Waite


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