Easy breakfasts are the best breakfasts. The rice pudding is simple to make using leftover rice; I usually keep about 3-4 cups of cooked rice in my fridge for different recipes I make calling for only a cup or so of rice. This China Study breakfast rice pudding has two steps: blend and heat through. There are so many ways you can vary it by adding different types of sweeteners, fruits, and seasonings that it’s different every time I make it. If you want a “chunkier” pudding, let it cook longer in the saucepan; for a “smoother” texture, don’t let it stay in the saucepan as long and consider adding a little extra plant-milk before serving.
Servings: about 2 moderate bowls
- 2 cups cooked brown rice, loosely packed (long or short grain is fine, I use short grain in mine)
- ¾ to 1 cup plant-based milk (Original or Vanilla)
- 1 ripe banana OR 1-2 tbs. maple syrup, coconut sugar, or chopped dried fruits (I use the banana)
- ¼ to ½ tsp. cinnamon
- Few pinches of ground nutmeg
- 1-2 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder for a Chocolate version of the pudding (may need to add extra sweetener, but I usually don’t for mine)
- Orange/lemon zest topping
- Hemp seeds, chia seeds
- 1-2 tbs. nut butter
- sprinkle of dried fruit or fresh fruit
Note: In the pictures below I have added cocoa powder to make chocolate pudding (because who wouldn’t?!). I also let it stay in the saucepan longer because I prefer a thicker rice pudding. If you want yours to be thinner & creamier, don’t keep it in the saucepan more than a few minutes (just enough to heat it through).
There are two ways to do this recipe: one involving using an immersion/hand blender, and one having you blend before putting everything in a saucepan. If you have a hand blender, put everything in a small saucepan, then blend the ingredients. Heat through, and you’re done.
If you don’t have a hand blender, put everything in your normal blender and puree completely.
Dump blender contents into a small saucepan and turn the heat to medium-low. Let the mixture thicken and warm for several minutes. (Add a little more milk to thin it out more if you want).