Sunday, July 19, 2015

Healthy Rice Pudding

I have a love/hate relationship with Sundays. Generally I try to get my work done on Saturday so I can enjoy the day, but I always wake up on Sunday feeling like it's time to get back to my weekly routine. As much as I love indulgent weekend breakfasts, I try to make something a little more wholesome on Sunday so I feel great starting the week.

That being said, I don't see any reason why a wholesome breakfast shouldn't also feel like a delicious, indulgent breakfast. After much experimenting, I've perfected this healthy brown rice pudding. It's vegan, it's gluten free, and it's packed with nutritious ingredients.

I whipped up a batch last night and am enjoying mine with some maple almond butter, homemade raspberry compote, cacao nibs, and pistachios, but you can top it with whatever you want. Whip up a batch on Saturday night and you'll have breakfast until mid-week, making this the perfect Sunday breakfast.


Brown Rice Pudding

prep time: 15 min total time: 2 hours serves: 4

ingredients:

2 c almond milk or coconut milk
2 c cooked brown rice
2 medjool dates, pitted
2 T chia seeds
1 t ground cinnamon
½ t cardamom
½ t vanilla extract

preparation:

Combine milk of choice, dates, vanilla, cardamom and cinnamon in a blender and pulse until completely smooth. Pour mixture into a bowl and whisk in chia seeds. Stir in brown rice, cover, and refrigerate until chia seeds have puffed up and mixture has set to the consistency of a pudding.

Top with your choice of ingredients and serve. Leftovers can be kept in refrigerator for 2-3 days.

other topping ideas:

coconut milk base + mango + pineapple + kiwi + shredded coconut
chocolate almond base + cacao nibs + hazelnuts + strawberries
unsweetened vanilla almond base + blackberries + macadamia nuts + ricotta + meyer lemon juice
chocolate almond base + peanut butter + peanuts + cacao nibs + bananas
coconut milk base + macadamia nuts + shredded coconut + papaya 

As you can see, this recipe is super easy and versatile. Let us know if you come up with any creative combinations to try in the comments! 

xoxo,
Yasi "Orrrr maybe this recipe will only last me until tomorrow... whoops?"