I am not actually a vegan, but I recognize that animal fats are generally not very healthy for me.  Plus, I have vegan friends, so I like to stock up on recipes for when they come to visit.  But right now I’m on a no-dairy (and a bunch of other stuff that’s off the table) cleanse.  So here’s a super tasty dessert treat that can also double for breakfast!  This makes about 4 ½-cup servings.

  • 2 cups cooked, brown rice
  • ½ cup coconut milk, unsweetened, stirred
  • 3 cups soy milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla (or if you’re really awesome, ½ a vanilla bean, diced)
  • ½ tsp cardammom (ground)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Sweetener:  I use 6 individual packets of Stevia.  Maple syrup would also be a lovely treat for the non-diabetic crowd.
  • ½ tsp salt: use only if your rice was cooked without salt. 

Combine all ingredients in a pot.  Simmer 40 minutes, stirring occasionally at first, then constantly for the last 10 minutes as it starts to thicken.  Let sit for 5-10 minutes to thicken up a bit more. 

I like to spoon it out into a funky dish (martini glasses are a popular fave, or a tea cup) and sprinkle with cinnamon.  You can even garnish it with a cinnamon stick.  By the way, did you know how good cinnamon is for diabetics?   It’s fabulous! 

Anyhow, this recipe is sugar-free and uses high glycemic-index brown rice, so it’s good for you, fine for those on candida cleanses or other non-gluten diets, and tastes great!  I like to serve this with fresh fruit on the side, but for the more traditionalist types, raisins or dried cranberries could be quite lovely.  If you really want to make this into a special dish, you could hydrate your raisins in some rum, and/or and top with a few slices of baked apple.  Or slices of banana and coconut flakes.

But for me?  I’m keeping it simple and healthy!

PS- if you don’t have any coconut milk, you can just use regular/soy milk and a bit of coconut extract.  Heck, the other day I didn’t have enough soy milk, so used all coconut milk, and it turned out just fine.  So long as you’ve got 3½ cups worth of liquid, you’re fine.