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I realized over the weekend that my last post made it sound like I used all the items from my Foodie Pen Pal box to make rice pudding.  Yes, that would include Kelp Granules.  That’s not entirely true.  I actually made two recipes from the box of goodies.  It was a necessity because it turns out Kelp Granules don’t taste very good in rice pudding.

I’m going to focus on the rice pudding today so the second recipe will have to wait till later on in the week.

Sorry to be a blog tease.

Back to the pudding.

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If you recall, I received the following box of goodies from Sonya in the Foodie Pen Pals exchange.

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For the rice pudding I used the rice (duh), the can of coconut milk, the dark chocolate Sun Cups and the Cow Tales.  But to be perfectly honest the Cow Tale in the pudding was not the actual Cow Tales I received from Sonya.  I kinda ate that one and had to buy another.  It happens.  Go ahead and judge, I can handle it.

Individually these items were pretty great.  The rice is not only tasty, but pretty!  Just like the package says it’s PINK!  Pink rice.  Have I mentioned that The Husband wants chickens and I’ve stipulated that he can only have chickens if he gets the chickens that lay colored eggs.  I’m talking blue, green and yes, pink.

I’m a girl.  I’m allowed to like pink.

Back to the pudding.

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I use coconut milk a ton and I’m currently out so I was happy to see the can in the box.  The Sun Cups were like a Reese’s Cup but with sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter.  It had a very clean taste and reminded me it’s been forever and a day and a half since I’ve made sunflower seed butter.  It also gave me the motivation to make my Honey Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups again.  In fact, I’m snacking on one of those puppies as I type.  I’m also watching Big Brother but that’s just about as relevant to this post as the pink chicken egg digression.  The Cow Tales reminded me of being a kid.  And that’s alright by me.

Here’s how it went down.

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Foodie Pen Pals CHOPPED Challenge Rice Pudding


1 cup rice

1 can coconut milk

1 1/2 cup water

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1/4 – 1/2 cup brown sugar based on your sweet tooth

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 dark chocolate Sun Cup, melted

1 Cow Tale, chopped into pieces on the diagonal (it’s prettier that way)

1 dollop homemade whipped cream

The Haps:

Add rice, coconut milk, water and buttermilk in a medium saucepan.  Cover and bring to a boil, reducing heat to low when boilage occurs.  Boilage.  Ha.  Simmer for 20 -25 minutes till most of the liquid has been absorbed.

Add coconut sugar, brown sugar to taste, vanilla extract, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt.  Stir.

Serve warm or cold depending on how you like it, topped with a dollop of homemade whipped cream, a drizzle of melted Sun Cups and a few slivers of Cow Tales.

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The Husband who doesn’t like rice pudding LOVED this so I’m calling it another win for me.  I rock at this Chopped Challenge stuff, especially when I’m just competing against myself.

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Stay tuned for Part Two later on the week where you’ll find out what I did with the rest of the box.  Also I’ll finish the Cupcake series.  Next week I’m hoping we can talk about Paula Deen (I promise this won’t be a boring same ol’ same ol’ post like I see everywhere) and the Father In Law will be stopping in with a few funny words about Garage Saleing.)

– Joanna

P.S.  If you’re new here and confused, check out my Foodie Pen Pals page for more details on what it is as well as my CHOPPED challenge.

Question of the Day:  Have you had sunflower seed butter?  Do you like it?  


  1. Love Sunflower Seed butter. Also, love Rice Pudding. Wish you lived closer, I want some 🙁 Your challenge looks good. So glad to hear you won again 🙂 I hear the competition is tough!

    • Thanks, thanks. It goes rougher each time. My competition is just as awesome as I am. I wish you lived closer too 🙁

  2. Father-in-law

    I can’t wait for your father-in-law’s post. I hear that he and his son tend to set new records in blog readership here in the Midwest. Will this trend continue? Stay tuned for further developments!

  3. Never had sunflower butter! And sun cups got me all excited because my daughter is allergic to peanuts and I wouldn’t want her to miss out on the x-butter-cup candy food group. Rice pudding looks fab!

    • So easy to make! Just dump a bunch of sunflower seeds in the food processor (shelled of course) and whir away. I turned my sister onto it and now she’s hooked. Hooked I say.

  4. I love the rice pudding you came up with! I also need to let you know that we used the dressing you sent in a salad, but also with chicken and it was awesome. I am already making it again tonight and might write it up for a future post. So, thanks again!! Also, the pictures you took are framed and hanging in the dining room. I need to share that sometime, too.

  5. Rice pudding is something I just can not do. I just cant get over the texture. It just doesnt feel right to me to have stuff swimming around in my smooth pudding. :/ And I love sunflower seed butter. havent had any in a while though so I better dig it out of the back of the shelf and get it goin again!

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