I am delighted that we are in January, because though seasonally it is cold and dark, for me it is uplifting with less fall ‘overwhelm’ and the start to a new year! January usually brings many intentions to start eating healthier. I support these resolutions and intentions, in the framework of a healthier eating lifestyle, not a diet. A whole foods plant-powered diet is just that – a healthier dietary lifestyle that has longevity… not a temporary quick-fix diet.
I want to offer a new recipe to you today that supports your healthier eating in the new year, and that will also bring you nourishment and warming comfort food in these cold winter days.
This is my Creamy Breakfast Rice Pudding. “Dreena and Daughters” is back! After many months, I have another cooking video for you (forewarning: one kiddo is eating cereal in the background and clinking her spoon on the bowl… and the videographer got a LITTLE adjustment-happy with the tripod). Real-life videos, folks! 😉
The key to this recipe is cooking rice in batches so you have leftovers to quickly prep this pudding. You can make the version with the pureed banana for natural sweetness, or add some other healthier sweetener options to taste. And, you can indulge your chocolate-loving soul with the cocoa-infused version.
Creamy Breakfast Rice Pudding
2 cups precooked brown rice, loosely packed (reserve 1/2 cup)
3/4 – 1 cup non-dairy milk (your choice, see note)
1 ripe banana (about 1/2 – 3/4 cup, sliced) (optional, see note) OR 1-2 tbsp pure maple syrup, coconut sugar, or chopped dried fruits
1/4 – 1/2 tsp cinnamon
few pinches nutmeg
1/8 tsp sea salt
grated orange or lemon zest (optional)
optional: 1-2 tbsp cocoa powder (see note)
In a small saucepan, add 1 1/2 cups of the cooked rice (rough measure), and the remaining ingredients starting with 3/4 cup of milk (omit banana if you prefer, see note – and except the zest). Puree the mixture using a handblender (alternatively, you can puree in a blender before adding to the saucepan, but I find the handblender is quicker and easier for clean-up)! Add the remaining 1/2 cup of rice, and turn heat to medium-low. Let the mixture thicken and warm for several minutes. Add the remaining milk if desired to thin. Taste, and adjust with sweetener and orange/lemon zest if desired, and stirring through add-in’s if you like! Serve.
Banana and Sweetener Note: The banana adds natural sweetness, and so if using it, you may not need the maple syrup or coconut sugar- it’s up to you. However, also note that if adding the banana, the mixture will turn a darker color with the banana oxidizing and being cooked – so it’s best to eat straight away rather than save leftovers. If you don’t use the banana, try adding a touch of pure maple syrup or coconut sugar. Or, you can add chopped dates or other dried fruits to sweeten.
Milk note: If using a vanilla non-dairy milk, you may not need any additional sweetener. If using an unsweetened variety, you will probably want to bump up the sweetness with the pureed banana or other options.
Chocolate version: Make this pudding chocolate-y with the addition of 1-2 tbsp of cocoa powder. You will need extra sweetener to balance the bitterness of the cocoa, so adjust to taste.
Add-in’s: To add some variety and extra nutrition to this pudding, try adding in a few tablespoons of hemp seeds, a tablespoon of ground chia, 1-2 tablespoons of nut or seed butter (ex: cashew, almond, pistachio, sunflower), 2-3 tablespoons almond meal, a sprinkle of dried fruit (ex: chopped dates, goji berries, raisins, dried blueberries, etc), or some fresh fruit (ex: chopped apples/pears in the winter, fresh berries in spring/summer).
Before I sign off, I thank you for your support and kindness through the last year. It is meaningful to receive your lovely comments through my posts, email, facebook, and twitter. Thank you all, I feel blessed to be able to share my work and creativity with you. ♥ I hope to bring you much healthy deliciousness in 2013, and I wish you all a year filled with abundant health, love and joy!
Do you make rice pudding? Have you made it for breakfast before?