Graveyard Rice Pudding Parfaits using RiceSelect™ Royal Blend® with Quinoa!

ricepuddingIt’s no shocker that I’m a total carboholic.  I love the stuff. I could easily polish a plain baguette for dinner, and I always get multiple servings of any grains at the table, be it rice, pasta, or more bread.  It’s my kryptonite.  My poison.  My cherry on top. Enchiladas are basically nothing without the tortilla. And those people who choose to eat burgers without the bun–not for a gluten reason, but just as a preference–you make my heart cry.

So when it comes to rice?  I lurrrrve the stuff. We used to have rice as a kid all the time.  I remember being OBSESSED with rice pilaf out of the box growing up.  We ate it so much that my mom had to begin buying multiple boxes for one dinner because my siblings and I would fight over the third-and-fourth-helpings of rice.  It was just so perfect–the perfect texture that held its firmness even after it was cooked–and lent such a nice bite yet a very mellow flavor to anything it was mixed with.  It managed to be both the star of the dish while also letting the other flavors shine through.  It’s basically like a magic grain!

From Japanese sushi to American jambalaya, rice is such a versatile grain that is essential in many global cuisines.  Every variety has its own distinct flavor, aroma and texture.  RiceSelect™ knows that creating the most delicious dishes possible starts with choosing the right rice.

When RiceSelect asked me to create something using their Royal Blend® with Quinoa, I immediately flashed back to My Strange Rice-Pilaf Addiction days.  But rice pilaf is so predictable and I’m a dessert blogger, so I knew I had to stretch my mind a little larger than my enormous love for rice pilaf.  Alas, I remembered someone brilliant in history invented rice pudding, and I was determined to create it since — *shocker* — I’ve actually never had it.  Maybe I thought my heart couldn’t expand to any other rice product, but man, I was wrong.  Rice pudding, quite possibly, could be my new favorite! The Royal Blend with Quinoa is a unique grain combination of Texmati Light Brown, Red Quinoa and (isn’t this the coolest name ever?!) Freekeh.  The delicious flavor of Texmati® combines beautifully with these two ancient grains; quinoa, with its slightly nutty flavor, and freekeh, with a subtle smoky flavor, adding visual and flavorful appeal to any meal!  (And also, you can tell people you ate super freekehhhh, yoooowwwwww). DSC_0271AAnywho, back to this pudding business.  I mixed the Royal Blend with Quinoa rice with some fluffy Cool Whip, creamy chocolate pudding and some crushed Oreos to create delectable chocolate pudding parfaits.  And with Halloween around the corner, I spookified them by adding gummy worms and candy bugs and bones which are fun ways to decorate these parfaits for the kids and encourage them to eat their grains 😉 Dig in!! DSC_0281A

4.6 from 25 reviews
Graveyard Rice Pudding Parfaits
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6-8
Dig inside of these spooktacular chocolate rice pudding parfaits made with RiceSelect Royal Blend with Quinoa for a nutritious twist on a classic dessert. For being healthy, they taste frighteningly sinful!
  • 1 cup RiceSelect Royal Blend with Quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 tub (8 oz) Cool Whip Free, thawed
  • 1 small box sugar free/fat free instant chocolate fudge pudding
  • 1 cup fat free or low-fat milk
  • ¼ cup miniature chocolate chips
  • 1 pkg Oreo cookies, crushed into coarse crumbs
  • Gummy worms
  • Candy bugs, candy bones, candy eyeballs
  1. First, make your rice: in a medium saucepan, bring together the Royal Blend with Quinoa, water and dash of salt together; bring to a boil. Stir once and cover with a tight fitting lid. Let cook on low heat about 20 minutes.
  2. Once rice has cooked, remove from burner and let it cool a bit to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Once cool enough to handle, spoon the rice into a gallon-size Ziploc baggy. Seal all the air out and place the baggy into a large bowl filled with ice water. Let it chill in the ice bath for about 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in another large bowl, whisk together the pudding mix and the milk until combined. Gently fold in the Cool Whip to incorporate, stirring in the mini chocolate chips at the last second. Finally, fold in the rice carefully.
  4. Let the rice pudding sit in the fridge for a few hours or overnight to allow the rice to soak in the flavors and so everything can get acquainted.
  5. Spoon the rice pudding evenly among parfait glasses or bowls. Top with the crushed cookies, gummy worms, bug and bone sprinkles and eyeball sprinkles, if you'd like. Serve immediately.
  6. For a more grown up version, consider spooning the mixture into martini glasses and topping with chocolate syrup "spider webs" and a raspberry garnish.

*recipe adapted from Something Swanky DSC_0264AAdmittedly, I was kinda scared the pudding would taste, well, rice-y.  But after letting it set overnight (which I think is the KEY to a successful rice pudding!!) allowed the rice to kind of soak in all that chocolate and milk and softened the texture a little so it didn’t remind me of the same rice I’d have in my beloved pilaf.  It was soft, still maintaining a nice bite, and married so nicely with the creamy chocolate fudge pudding.  I loved that this Royal Blend with Quinoa blend added some nutrition to the pudding — the heart-healthy quinoa and the unique freekeh added such subtle yet delicious background flavors — that complex nuttiness — to the pudding.  It almost tasted like Nutella!

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Good luck, and have a freekeh day!! 🙂

xo, Hayley


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  1. What a fun idea, Hayley! I’m a carboholic too – and with the gestational diabetes, I haven’t been able to indulge as much as I would like! I’m ready to dig into all things carby! 😉

    Honestly, I’d love to use this Royal Blend just as a nice side dish! A girl can only eat so many sweet potatoes (one of the few carbs that doesn’t make my blood sugar crazy!)

  2. I’d probably use it to make a side dish.

  3. Lisa Brown says:

    I would use it to make Quinoa and Roasted Pepper Chili
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  5. This reminds me of those silly pudding, Oreo, and gummy worm cups we used to make in elementary school right around Halloween. They were ok, but this looks so much more delicious!

  6. I would use it as a side dish for chicken

  7. These are tooo darn cute, LOVE them!

  8. I would make a stir fry with lots of veggies. I have been wanting to try Quinoa, so this would be a good way to give it a try.

  9. I would make the “arroz con leche” I grew up (rice pudding).

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  11. Jessica To says:

    I would have to try the parfaits with marshmallow ghosts on top!

  12. I would use it to make a pumpkin risotto with sage and pecorino cheese!

  13. I’d probably make some freekeh rice n’ beans cuz I have been SERIOUSLY craving Mexican food lately!

  14. Lisa Brown says:

    I would make chili with it.
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  15. You nailed this rice pudding recipe! I cant wait to try it.

  16. What a fun giveaway and recipe! Who knew you could make such an irresistible treat with rice?! Love this Halloween treat, Hayley. Those little mini bones? I die.

  17. D SCHMIDT says:

    I think I would make ‘Mummy’ burritos with the I would most like to try Texmati light brown rice variety

  18. D SCHMIDT says:
  19. Oh man, I don’t even know! That looks amazing though, and since I’ve never really cooked with quinoa before, I’d have to look up some recipes and figure out what to try!

  20. I would make a rice pudding

  21. OMG SO COOL! I’d probably make this, lol! I would never have thought of it-you’re so smart Hayley!

  22. courtney b says:

    oreos and whipped cream !:) yum!

  23. courtney b says:
  24. amy pugmire says:

    I would use it with my beef tips and gravy recipe

  25. amy pugmire says:
  26. Boy do you have one creative mind! I think as freaky as I might get is baking it with cubed squash, vegetable broth and kale!

  27. OMG, I love this! I’m having a halloween party and I definitely need to make this. I have a guest that’s GF, but it looks like all I have to do is swap out the oreos for the gluten free kind and I’m in great shape! 🙂

  28. I’d add some serious spice. If it makes your nose sweat then it probably has enough 🙂

  29. Debra Lee says:

    I would make a rice salad with this!

  30. Debra Lee says:
  31. I would love to try their Royal Blend® with Quinoa

  32. Susan Smith says:

    I would make a stir fry with a lot of different vegetables.

  33. Susan Smith says:
  34. Jessie C. says:

    I would use it to make Takikomi Gohan, our favorite rice dish.

  35. Jessie C. says:


  36. I have several rice salad dishes that this would be perfect for. Then I would add some roteserie chicken to it. Perfect.
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  38. I’d add roasted veggies and feta! YUM

  39. how about rice pudding with it?

  40. I’d make glorified rice – pineapples, cool whip, cherries and rice. It’s so good.

  41. I’d probably make it with salmon, not interesting, but good.

  42. Wild Orchid says:

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  43. Wild Orchid says:

    I would love to try out the quinoa blend with my beef and broccoli stir-fry!

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  44. I’d definitely like to try one of the whole grain blends. I’m not very creative, but this recipe looks fun!

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  45. I’d make the CHICKEN BIRYANI with white rice

  46. Janice Cooper says:

    I would be daring and use this to make Dal which is an Indian dish

  47. Janice Cooper says:
  48. Our family would like the Light Brown Rice with Flaxseed with smothered chicken breasts, great way to add fiber!

  49. melissa Resnick says:

    i would use it for a side dish

  50. I freekeh rice up by adding sauteed vegetables and spices 🙂

  51. chickie brewer says:

    I would add this to my rice.

  52. Margaret Smith says:

    I’d love to use it to make stuffed peppers.

  53. Margaret Smith says:
  54. Royal Blend with Quinoa and use this for rice dishes or a made up side dish from scratch. I would love to have something different for sports parties.

  55. donna marchlewski says:

    I want to try this recipe!

  56. Spicy rice pudding! Yum.

  57. Starr Greenwell says:

    I would get ‘freekeh’ with RiceSelect’s Royal Blend with Quinoa with chicken and asiago cheese.

  58. Stephanie V. says:

    make witch rice
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  59. I would make chili with it.

  60. I would use this to make a spicy, crunchy side dish. 🙂 Thank you.

  61. I would make stir fry but use quinoa instead of rice

  62. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    I would start with the Royal Blend Whole Grain with Texmati Brown & Wild Rice and smash it into some chicken

  63. I would get ‘freekeh’ with RiceSelect’s Royal Blend with Quinoa by making these awesome pudding parfaits and topping them with candy corn, marshmellows and a big plastic spider. Too fun thanks for sharing this one.

  64. Shannon Baas says:

    Make a salad.

  65. I think I would use it as a side dish with chicken.

  66. christine burd says:

    I would try it in a lettuce wrap with chicken

  67. I love Quinoa and usually have it sweet with some brown sugar in the mornings. Using it in the blend for Rice Pudding is an awesome idea! Maybe I could make that and trick my son and parents into eating some!

  68. Cynthia C says:

    I would use it to make a Mediterranean Rice Salad.

  69. Cynthia C says:
  70. g. penrod says:

    this is great

  71. Kim Ripley says:

    I would use it for stuffed cabbages!

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  73. I would make a curry side out of it.

  74. Barbara M says:

    I’d use it to make a cold salad with black olives and orange bell peppers – thank you.

  75. Barbara M says:
  76. I’d try the Almond Joy Rice Torte

  77. Kimberly Snyder says:

    these dishes look wonderful, My daughter has been preaching to me about this.

  78. I would use the rice to make a casserole

  79. I would serve it with a chicken stir fry.

  80. I would use it for a side dish to go along with my pork chops

  81. Chris Marie says:

    I would get freekeh by using it as a side dish. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  83. Anastasia says:

    How fun! I never would have thought of that! I’d probably use it for something less interesting to look at, like the Chicken Salad recipe they have on their site 🙂

  84. Anastasia says:
  85. mickeyfan says:

    Quinoe? What the heck is quinoe? (from the tv commercial). I’d make a chicken, broccoli and rice bake.

  86. tina reynolds says:

    maybe some scary gummy bugs coming out

  87. tina reynolds says:
  88. I would make a chicken and rice soup.

  89. Sarah Hirsch says:

    i’ve actually never had quinoa, i would try making it with vegetables, not that freaky but exciting enough for a first foray

  90. I’d make a chocolate rice pudding

  91. maria cantu says:

    would use it as a side dish with enchiladas

  92. i don’t have a clue! I’d probably make some boring side dish – totally love your recipe though – i ‘m just not very creative like that

  93. I’d use it as a side dish with broiled fish or roast chicken

  94. I would use it to make rice pudding! 🙂

  95. Rebecca Graham says:

    I would make it with a chicken stir fry.

  96. I would use it to make stir fry – one of my favorite meals.

  97. jason viloria says:

    I love the idea

  98. Don’t know how freekeh I would get, but my boyfriend is Korean, and he’ll try anything new with rice, perhaps in a stir fry.

  99. Erica Best says:

    my nephew would love this

  100. Erica Best says:
  101. Lauren-Olivia Wood says:

    I would make a rice pilaf with the quinoa blend!

  102. I would love to try this with jambalaya!

  103. Melissa L says:

    I would get ‘freekeh’ with RiceSelect’s Royal Blend by mixing it with some veggies and adding chicken to make an awesome stir fry 🙂

  104. Melissa L says:
  105. I would really like to try the Royal Blend® with Quinoa, maybe with left over turkey in a wrap.

  106. Heather B says:

    I think I would have to try it in a stir fry

  107. Carolyn G says:

    I would make a dirty rice with this!

  108. I’ll use it in a country salad.

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  109. i would use it to make a stuffing for chicken or turkey

  110. Beth Klocinski says:

    I would get ‘freekeh’ with RiceSelect’s Royal Blend with Quinoa by stuffing some poblano peppers with it and adding some black beans and corn.

  111. Beth Klocinski says:
  112. I’d make rice pudding

  113. I would make rice and bean burritos.
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  114. usually i use plain rice served with stir-fry so i would try the blend with it instead

  115. Colleen G says:

    I would use it as a side dish with chicken.

  116. i’d make rice pudding

  117. Brianna Popiela says:

    I would get Freekeh by Making an adult graveyard rice pudding cup by adding alcohol to it. Nothing to extreme, like baileys to add to the flavor of the pudding and not contradict it. Perfect for an adult Halloween party(:

  118. Christina Sparks says:

    I would use it in my burritos

  119. Shauntea Crutcher says:

    I usually just use white rice, so I would have to search for some new recipes to try out with these products.

  120. Jill Myrick says:

    I would make a pistachio rice pudding and top each with a little whipped cream with a gummy eyeball that I found over Halloween sitting atop.
    My kids would love it !


  121. id make a quinoa casserole!

  122. I would use it in a rice casserole. 🙂

  123. I would use the Royal Blend with Red Quinoa to stuff chicken breast.

  124. What a spooky and fun rice pudding. Love it. I would get ‘freekeh’ with RiceSelect’s Royal Blend with Quinoa by cooking up some blackened rice with the Royal Blend. Adding some black beans and dark color lentils for more fun. 🙂

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  125. Stephanie Larison says:

    Royal Blend with Flaxseed is the one I’d love to try! I’d use it to make a stir fry.

  126. joseph gersch says:

    i would add onions and black beans in it

  127. Harmony B says:

    Im not much of a cook but I think it would make a great side to roasted chicken

  128. I’d use it to replace our standard plain white rice with meals.

  129. Douglas Houston says:

    Looks fantastic, I love rice pudding

  130. Colin Glendon says:

    I’d use it as a bed for my Moroccan-chicken recipe.

  131. crystal smith says:

    I’d love to try the RiceSelect Royal Blend with Quinoa either in my chicken and rice soup or in stuffed peppers. I know it’s not very high on the freaky level, but it sounds yummy lol

  132. david cosgrove says:

    I would like to try the Royal blend first.

  133. Jessica Horne says:

    I would like to try the royal blen

  134. Nicole Larsen says:

    I would definitely use it to make chili with–I love chili and adding this sounds delicious!

  135. I have no idea!

  136. Ambrosia Ross says:

    This looks yummy!

  137. Nicole Larsen says:
  138. Michelle H says:

    I would use the quinoa blend added to salad for the protein.

  139. Michelle H says:
  140. Royal Blend with Flax as a side dish

  141. janna johnson says:

    With buffalo chicken and blue cheese

  142. tracey johnson says:

    i would use it to make a rice and veggie dish

  143. I don’t get very freaka’ with my food LOL But I’d make this with a nice chicken stir fry.

  144. I’d make rice pudding with pecans and drizzled with a little caramel.

  145. Karen Drake says:

    I would use it to make Spanish Rice.

  146. kathy pease says:

    id make this recipe I found online Warm Quinoa Salad with Edamame & Tarragon

  147. kathy pease says:
  148. I want to try the Royal Blend with Flaxseed.

  149. I’d like to try Quinoa in a rice side dish to go with chicken.

  150. Sonya Morris says:

    I wish a had a great idea like this one! I am not a creative baking/cooking novice so I would use it as a side dish with chicken.

  151. Sonya Morris says:
  152. I would use it as a side dish.

  153. I’d make it to put a spin on chicken and rice!

  154. I’d use it to make red beans and rice.

  155. I would make rice pudding and I would DEFINITELY try your recipes!

  156. Nicole Carter says:

    I’m not real inventive when it comes to the kitchen but would like to try your Graveyard Rice Pudding Parfaits recipie.

  157. Nicole Carter says:
  158. I would probably make some type of salad and serve with chicken.

  159. I think I would like the Arborio Rice, I have some recipes it would be perfect for, especially a great rice pudding recipe I have

  160. I probably would just use it as a side dish

  161. susan smoaks says:

    i would like to try the RiceSelect Royal Blend with Red Quinoa first. i am working on getting more quinoa in my diet and this would be perfect for me. i like to make chicken and rice and this would be perfect for that.

  162. Mallory Bailey says:

    I would either use it as a side dish with dinner or maybe make rice pudding for dessert.

  163. Cynthia Sizemore says:

    the graveyard rice pudding looks amazing.I would love to try this for rice balls on Christmas.

  164. I would make Apple Rice Pudding.

  165. Terry Cross says:

    I would make red bean & rice

  166. Terry Cross says:
  167. Buddy Garrett says:

    I would go Cajun. I would use it to make jambalaya and shrimp.

  168. Thomas Murphy says:

    I would make chili with it.

  169. Thomas Murphy says:
  170. Kat Emerick says:

    would be good to add to the Spanish rice recipe I have.

  171. Tabathia B says:

    I would make it with some pork chops

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  173. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I would make this with cordon bleu chicken

  174. Amanda Sakovitz says:
  175. I would get freaky with it by using it to create a full on fatty cinnamon rich rice/quinoa pudding!

  176. I’d make a sweet and warm cereal with it and color it black.

  177. I would make beef stir fry with the rice.

  178. Denise Donaldson says:

    I would make a graveyard pudding similar to yours. I love it!

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  179. Denise Donaldson says:
  180. I’d put in smoked turkey sausage and cajun spices.
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  181. I would add some Hatch green chiles to it!

  182. Nicole Weite says:

    I would make fried rice pancakes with lots of vegetables

  183. jodi goins says:
  184. jodi goins says:

    i am going to try and make this for the kids.maybe leave it on the bar see how long take sthem to notice and eat it! looks so much this was great at halloween!

  185. Trisha McKee says:

    I would add onions and hot sauce to it.

  186. Mihaela Day says:

    I would use it as a side dish for grilled salmon

  187. Fred Goldberger says:

    I would make rice pudding (or at least ty)

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