If you are feeling the need for warming comfort food, you will love this coconut brown rice pudding because of it’s comforting taste and seasonal warm scent. Brown rice gently poached in coconut milk, honey and fragrant sweet spices, star anise and cinnamon with a touch of ginger. The dried berries and cacao are full of goodness and give some texture to this soft pudding, making this effectively something that is good for you – not low in calories but nutritious nonetheless. We had not tasted mulberries before and they are really interesting. Tasty, with a sweetness rather like that of the small hard dried turkish figs. Feel free though to improvise on the toppings -grated dark chocolate, an extra drizzle of honey or poached winter fruits (apples, pears) could work wonderfully.
This is a simple recipe, whipped up in minutes if you have some precooked rice to hand. We rather like brown rice, but if you prefer, do substitute with pudding rice or even risotto rice. You can make up a decent sized batch and keep it for a few days in the refridgerator, bringing it out to reheat and garnish whenever the need for pudding arises. It gives a pudding that is more grainy than the usual version. If you prefer a softer rice texture, you can keep it on a slow simmer for longer but we liked the texture of our slightly quicker version.
- 100ml (half cup) Coconut Milk
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Half Teaspoon Powdered star anise
- Half Teaspoon ground Cinnamon
- Quarter teaspoon ground Ginger
- 200g (1 cup) Cooked Brown Rice
- Tablespoon Raw Cacao Nibs
- Tablespoon Dried White Mulberries
- Heat the coconut milk with the honey and spices over a gently heat then add the cooked rice.
- Stir to combine the flavours and allow to simmer gently over a low heat for about half an hour
- Pour into a bowl and add toppings of cacao nibs and dried mulberries (or other toppings of your choice)
- Keep any extra in a clean, sterilised jar in the refridgerator.
- Serve warm
We are adding this to Sarah Trivuncic’s Dead Easy Desserts challenge since it is about the most easy dessert we have ever made!
Disclosure – we were sent the dried mulberries and raw cacao to sample and review by Real Foods who have a great variety of healthy food products. We are not associated with the company, nor required to make any particular statement. All views expressed here are our own.