Herbal tea can replace many other liquids in recipes. Including pudding! You can make a great dairy free pudding using herbal tea. My Black Rice Pudding or even rice pudding is awesome when made with herbal tea. You can use many kinds, depending on what your looking for. If you want to make chocolate pudding try mint, for a chocolate mint, or orange for chocolate orange flavor. Add any flavor Herbal tea that sounds good to Vanilla or Chocolate Pudding. You do not have to be limited to Chocolate and Vanilla, if another pudding flavor sounds good with herbal tea give it a try!
So how do you use the Herbal tea to make your pudding? Choose your milk substitute first. Water, Hemp Milk, Almond Milk, Coconut Milk or Rice milk are my favorite options. Measure the amount of liquid needed for the recipe, and add herbal tea. If I use packaged tea bags I use 2 bags per cup of liquid. If I am using loose Herbal tea I use 3-5 TBS per cup depending on how strong I want it and the type of Herb being used. I use a tea ball or muslin tea bag for this. I steep for at least 20 minutes. Sometimes longer, you can sit it in the fridge covered overnight if you want. Remove herbal tea and continue with recipe as normal. There are so many ways to change pudding using spices and herbs. Use your imagination. Cloves, Orange peel, ginger, Raspberry herb and chocolate mint tea in chocolate or vanilla pudding. Use chamomile at night for a relaxing dessert to help mellow out the kids.
I make Black Rice pudding using herbal tea and water and coconut milk. I add cinnamon, Good Earth sweet N Spicy tea, Ginger, Nettle leaf, Roasted Dandelion, and whatever else I feel like to the water and again to the coconut milk. The recipe is
2 Cups black rice 6 Cups water Spices and herbs: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, dandelion, nettles
3 tea bags of any packaged tea used 3 TBS any loose spice or Herb used Bring to boil then simmer until water is gone usually takes an hour or more
Add 1 cup sweetener- sugar, brown, sugar, stevia, or honey. You can use more or less according to your taste and 1 package coconut Add 4 -6 Cans Coconut Milk so it is liquidy again. Stir well and simmer again until Thickened and rice is soft. If you use this recipe you can change anything, add your favorite tea or herbs, try with almond milk also.