Grits Pudding


You might think of grits being a savory dish served alongside shrimp or eggs, but here they are used in a sweet breakfast that falls somewhere between Cream of Wheat and rice pudding. The grits are cooked in cardamom- and cinnamon-spiced coconut milk, with dried apricots and raisins adding both sweetness and texture. If you’re feeling extra decadent, pour on some heavy cream or more coconut milk on top when serving. Shopping tip: If you can’t find whole cardamom pods, ground cardamom works, too. Plus there’s no need to fish the pods out once you’ve finished the pudding.

Grits Pudding
Grits aren't just reserved for shrimp. They work spectacularly well in sweet renditions, too. In this easy pudding, grits take a sweet and fragrant turn when cooked in coconut milk and flavored with warm spices. Get the recipe: Grits Pudding. Photo: Jennifer Causey
Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
Serves 4 (serving size: ⅔ cup)


  • 1 (13.66-oz.) can coconut milk, well shaken and stirred

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons honey, plus more for serving

  • 4 green cardamom pods, gently crushed

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • ½ cup uncooked quick-cooking grits

  • ¼ cup dried apricots, chopped, plus more for serving

  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins

  • teaspoon kosher salt

  • Salted roasted pistachios, chopped, for serving


  1. Stir together coconut milk, water, honey, crushed cardamom pods, and cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over high. Stir in grits, apricots, raisins, and salt. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring often, until grits are tender, about 6 minutes. Remove and discard cardamom and cinnamon.

  2. Divide pudding evenly among 4 serving bowls. Drizzle with honey, and sprinkle with apricots and pistachios.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

329 Calories
20g Fat
35g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 329
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Sodium 74mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 3g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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