Comforting Winter Food Baby Can Enjoy: Arroz con Leche Recipe

Arroz con leche (rice pudding) is a dessert I grew up eating and that my oldest daughter now enjoys as well. It’s creamy, sweet, and full of that wonderful cinnamon smell. It makes a great comfort food and is perfect for cold winter months if served warm. You can also serve cold if preferred. Since it’s a pudding, it’s definitely something baby can enjoy too! What a great way to introduce baby to some new flavors!

Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding) Recipe© Bren Herrera


Typically, arroz con leche consists of rice, milk, and cinnamon. Depending on the recipe, you’ll find variations of using evaporated milk, condensed milk, and regular milk – or even a combination of two of the three. Some people like to add raisins to their arroz con leche too, which also works great for babies and toddlers. Either way, arroz con leche is sure to be loved by your baby (and your whole family, I’m sure)!

Want to give arroz con leche a try? Here’s a sample of ingredients you’ll need, as used by Bren Herrera on her Cuban-style Arroz con Leche recipe:


  • 1 cup valencia rice, uncooked
  • 2 cups water
  • 1-16 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1-16 oz. evaporated milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 lime peel
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon

For the full recipe and cooking steps, visit Bren’s site. Want some variations on her recipe? Check out these other arroz con leche recipes!

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