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Sweet Rice Balls

The sweet rice balls turn rice pudding into a handheld rice ball dessert. If you love rice pudding, you have to try these adorable snowballs!

Rice Pudding Snowballs

I’ve never seen rice pudding on display at a party dessert table.  I attribute this to two factors: 1. Rice pudding ain’t pretty.  2.  Rice pudding requires the commitment of a bowl and a spoon.

With my sweet rice ball recipe, rice pudding can finally move from the shadows to an esteemed position as a hand-held party dessert.

Rice Pudding Snowballs

The secret to rice pudding snowballs lies in making a rice pudding that is a bit more dense than usual – it has to be able to stick together.  Taking a cue from Martha Stewart’s Recipe for Rice Pudding Balls, my recipe uses Arborio rice, a particularly starchy variety.  I also add less liquid than I would for a typical rice pudding.

You can flavor your snowballs with whatever spice blend you prefer in your rice pudding.  I am a huge fan of kheer (Indian rice pudding) and flavored my rice pudding snowballs accordingly, with coconut milk and lots of cardamom, pistachios, raisins, and almonds.

Once the rice pudding is chilled, I roll rice pudding snowballs in unsweetened shredded coconut.  I’ve never been a fan of the sweetened kind. (View on Amazon)

If you don’t care about the rice ball dessert looking like snowballs, you can experiment with rolling rice pudding balls in nuts, cocoa powder, or even a glaze (topped with sprinkles).

Rice Pudding Snowballs

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Sweet Rice Balls

The sweet rice balls turn rice pudding into a handheld rice ball dessert. If you love rice pudding, you have to try these adorable snowballs!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword rice pudding, snowball recipe, snowballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chill 2 hours
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 28 rice pudding snowballs
Calories 147kcal
Author Stef


  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup pistachios finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup almonds finely chopped
  • 2 13.5 ounce cans full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut


  • In a medium-sized heat-resistant bowl, mix raisins, pistachios, and almonds. Set aside.
  • In a medium-sized saucepan on medium-high heat, bring coconut milk, milk, sugar
  • cardamom, and salt to a boil, whisking to fully combine.
  • Add rice and reduce heat to medium-low. Stir regularly, being certain to scrape the bottom of the pan to ensure that the rice doesn't stick to the pan and burn. Cover when not stirring to retain moisture. Cook for 30-35 minutes or until the liquid is nearly gone and the rice is thoroughly cooked (taste test it - you know you want to!). There may be a little clear liquid that doesn't get absorbed by the rice. This is extra coconut oil and it will mix into the rice pudding as it cools and help it to stick together, so don't worry about it.
  • Remove from the heat and transfer to the bowl of raisins and nuts. Mix thoroughly.
  • Cover and chill for at least two hours.
  • Scoop rice pudding balls (I made mine about 2 tablespoons per ball) and roll balls in shredded coconut.
  • Refrigerate for up to 4 days if not eating immediately.


Nutrition Facts
Sweet Rice Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 147 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Sodium 30mg1%
Potassium 131mg4%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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8 comments on “Sweet Rice Balls”

  1. Amysays:

    My daughter will flip over these.

  2. Roxanasays:

    I love rice pudding, so naturally I think this is an awesome idea! I can’t wait to try them! :)

  3. Monique Cormiersays:

    I make my rice pouding with eggnog this illuminating the eggs and plus less sugar and the vanilla nutmeg.

  4. Carleesays:

    What a super fun idea! I haven’t made rice pudding for ages, now I am craving some.

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