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Hot and Fruity Brown Rice Breakfast Bowl

 Usually when you see rice as a breakfast cereal, it is ground up into small bits.  The first time I saw rice cereal, I was trying to get rice flour to make homemade brown rice tortillas.  I couldn't find brown rice flour, but I could find brown rice cereal.  I thought I could maybe make it work~~some how.  That recipe didn't work out.  But, I did realize that they made brown rice cereal.  If you don't want to go out and find brown rice cereal, you can still have a brown rice breakfast bowl using the brown rice you already have on hand.  

I added fresh blueberries, a ripe banana, almonds and a little cinnamon to mine.

I love the tartness that the blueberries add and the creamy sweetness that the banana adds.

My recipe uses quick cook brown rice because that's the kind of brown rice I've been using ever since I found it at Aldi.  It has the same amount of fiber as the brown rice that takes forever to cook and takes about a quarter of the time.

For this recipe, I used milk to make it creamy.
I used skim milk, but you could use any other nut or soy milk.  I think almond milk would add a little nutty yumminess to it.  

Here are the ingredients I used:
1 cup skim milk
1 cup quick cook rice
1 Tbsp. Coconut oil
1 1/2 tsp. honey
pinch of salt

1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 cup blueberries
1 small banana, sliced
1/4 cup almonds

Here's how I cooked it:
heat milk to a slow boil
add quick cook brown rice
reduce heat to low
cover and cook for 5 minutes
Turn burner off and let sit with lid on for 5 minutes
Add the blueberries, banana, cinnamon and almonds in.

Stir all ingredients together and cook on low, covered for 3 more minutes.

When cooked this way, the rice still has a little chewiness to it~~a little tooth, if you will.  If it was pasta, you'd say it was cooked al dente. If you would like a softer, creamier texture, you will need to add a little extra liquid and cook it a little longer.  I find that when I cook rice, if I cook it in anything besides water, it takes longer to absorb the liquid and become soft.   Just be careful, if you don't add enough liquid, it could quickly burn and stick to the bottom.

I happen to like things with a little "tooth" to them.  Why is it that most warm breakfast cereals are so creamy and mushy anyway?  Are we just too tired and lazy in the morning to actually chew our food?!?  Hmmmm. . . . .. . . . .. who knows?  There might actually be scientific information out there about it.  I have no idea.  But for now, I'll take mine toothy. 
 *big grin*

Have you ever eaten rice cereal as a warm breakfast cereal?
What is your favorite warm breakfast cereal?

We usually do oatmeal around here, but I figured 
"Why not try something different?"






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2 comments:

  1. Yummy! I love blueberries and almonds. Oatmeal is my typical breakfast food on most mornings.

    I was so happy to see you join this month's Everyday Friends Monthly Blog and Social Media Hop. Have a great week!

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    1. Hi Kelly Ann! Thank you for hosting the Everyday Friends Monthly Blog and Social Media Hop. :) We love oatmeal here too!

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