Tired of oatmeal or eggs for breakfast? Join the club.
Many other cultures already incorporate rice into breakfast, as it’s the most popular grain worldwide – for example, Chinese congee, a savory rice porridge – and I set out to make a warm breakfast rice pudding.
The excess starch that is normally rinsed from rice prior to cooking is a wonderful natural thickener for the creamier consistency we are going for in this gluten-free and vegan recipe. Did I mention you don’t have to babysit it on the stove either, since we’re making this in the slow cooker?
By omitting any eggs, cream, and a large amount of sugar, this lightly-sweetened breakfast rice pudding is a healthy option to get you going in the morning. The golden raisins plump up during their time in the slow cooker, and are great bursts of flavor.
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup canned light coconut milk
- 1 cup brown rice
- ½ cup dried golden raisins
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed meal
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1-2 tablespoons coconut sugar, reserved until the end
- Optional: Fresh fruit, additional milk
- Grease your slow cooker.
- Beginning with water, add all ingredients to the slow cooker except for the coconut sugar.
- Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook the rice pudding on low for about 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Rice pudding is ready when the rice kernels are plump and have absorbed all the liquid in the slow cooker. Taste test and add coconut sugar to taste (1-2 tablespoons).
- Serve topped with fresh fruit and additional milk of choice.
I use a rice cooker for perfect fluff in other recipes, providing great texture for a host of flavors for a side or part of any healthy meal.
Looking for more ways to add whole grains into your diet? Here are some of my favorite rice-based dishes:
- Brown Rice Stuffing with Cranberries, Leeks, and Thyme
- Healthy Veggie Fried Rice (30 minute meal!)
- Brown Rice Minestrone Soup
- Coconut Lime Rice with Cilantro
- Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash