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Lactose Controlled and Galactose controlled Nutrition Therapy are different forms of not tolerating dairy.  Lactose controlled patients lacks a full functioning enzyme called Lactase found in the small intestine.  Limiting or avoiding milk products can ease the symptoms of bloating, diarrhea and gas.  Taking Lactase supplements  before consuming milk products with your doctor’s approval may ease the symptoms as well. Check all your labels, for hidden lactose in beverages, dairy, & luncheon meats.

However, we have another sensitivity to dairy or lactose intolerance and it is called GALT or Galactosemia.  One should not consume any dairy products at all. A rare hereditary condition,  that does not allow lactose to be broken down to galactose. Lactose is the sugar found in milk and lactaid treated products are not acceptable for galactosemia patients.  There is a complete inability to break down lactose a milk sugar to galactose.  

With all this being said- The comforting food, rice pudding is always thought of as dairy heaven.  Not so, for I look to the Moroccans, whose cuisine combines great flavor and uses rice in there desserts. The cooking of rice twice first in water and then in a substitute, Oat or Almond milk creates a creaminess like a pudding. Adding the flavors of orange water, a middle eastern flavoring found in ethnic grocery stores, orange zest, honey and cinnamon creates this tasty dessert, milk free and gluten free too.

Dairy Free Moroccan Rice Pudding

  • 1 cup of short grain rice

  • 2 cups of water

  • pinch of salt

  • 2 tablespoons of butter or butter substitute

  • 2 cups of Almond Milk

  • 1/4 cup confectioner’s  sugar or 1/4 cup other sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon of orange flower water (optional) or 1/2 teaspoon of orange zest

  • cinnamon

  • 3 apricots chopped, pistachios chopped for garnish

In a saucepan, cook rice according to directions until all water is absorbed. Add the almond milk with sugar and continue cooking on medium heat until bubbly, keep stirring occasionaly  until all milk is absorbed. Add flavorings and sprinkle with cinnamon. Let cool for 15 minutes, sprinkle with chopped nuts and dried fruit if desired and serve.


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