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Cherries in the Snow Recipe

Cherries in the Snow Recipe

Dried Oregon cherries dot this light, creamy rice pudding. We developed this recipe for our guests with dietary concerns who still want a treat. Sugar-free and fat-free. What’s not to love? —Barbara Sidway, Baker City, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min. + chilling YIELD:6 servings


  • 6 cups fat-free milk
  • 3/4 cup uncooked arborio rice
  • Sugar substitute equivalent to 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fat-free whipped topping


  • 1. In a large saucepan, combine the milk, rice and sugar substitute. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean; add bean and seeds to milk mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 40-45 minutes or until rice is tender and pudding is thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • 2. Transfer to a small bowl; discard vanilla bean. Stir in the cherries, rum and salt. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Fold in whipped topping before serving. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup equals 248 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 209 mg sodium, 47 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 10 g protein.