Rice pudding with cooked rice that’s loaded with nutrients.

Although this vegan rice pudding tastes as good as any dessert, it has so many beneficial foods and spices, you can eat it for breakfast or even as a post-workout snack.

What makes this recipe so healthy?

First, I made some healthy substitutes:

  • Brown rice instead of white.
  • Coconut milk instead of dairy.
  • Healthy fats instead of butter.
  • For extra protein, swap the rice with quinoa.

Second, I added some superfoods:

  • Cinnamon*
  • Chia seeds*

*Cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols. It also is well-known for its anti-inflammatory and blood sugar-lowering effects.

*The chia seed is nutrient-dense, and packs a punch of energy-boosting power. They are rich in fiber, omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals.

recipe-for-rice-puddingRecipe for Rice Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked short grain brown rice
  • 3 cups vanilla coconut milk
  • 2 cinnamon sticks or 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tsp coconut butter (optional)
  • 2-3 tbsp coconut palm sugar

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a medium-size glass jar with lid.
  2. Shake to disperse ingredients.
  3. Place in refrigerator for 90 minutes or overnight to allow ingredients to settle into a pudding consistency.
  4. Shake a few times in the first 15 minutes to be sure chia seeds evenly disperse without clumps. Remove cinnamon sticks prior to serving.

Protein Supercharge

If you need more power and protein to start your day or replenish yourself after a workout, I recommend having a protein shake made with banana to complement this power-snack.

Try this: Vegan Coffee Protein Shake with Cacao and Almond Butter.