This is not the fastest breakfast ever, but one we enjoy on a cozy morning. There's a good bit of hands-off time.
We don't do well with oatmeal in our family, it upsets too many bellies, and rice pudding is a gluten-free breakfast we all gobble up.
This is not your traditional baked dessert rice pudding, this is less sweet and easily adjusted to taste. For us, with plenty of milk and rice being inexpensive, it makes for a filling but frugal meal.
To make it dairy-free, swap the milk for unsweetened coconut or almond milk.
How I make this work for us is I put the rice on to cook and then either go milk the cow, or sit and enjoy my coffee. Then, add in the rest, finish cooking, and holler, "breakfast's up!"
If I make it before milking, I can leave it on keep warm, and the kids can serve themselves as they trickle in from animal chores, and it's warm and waiting for me when I get in.
This serves me and my 4 kids, who don't have the biggest appetites ever, so I’d say it feeds 3-4, depending on appetite size. This can be doubled or tripled in your 6-quart Instant Pot, but don't go with more than that or you'll have issues.
You can omit the sugar and sweeten it by the bowl with honey, maple syrup, or brown sugar. I prefer to just sweeten it as I make it so the kids can scoop and eat. My kids are particular about what they want in their rice pudding so we don't put a lot in, but if everyone in your crew likes raisins or pecans or whatever topping…go ahead and stir it in.
Instant Pot Brown Rice Pudding
- 1 ½ cups brown rice of choice
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups milk
- ¼-1/3 cup cane sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon powdered dried ginger
- Add brown rice and water to your Instant Pot, put lid on, set vent to closed, and turn on for 20 minutes high pressure.
- After its done pressure cooking, it needs to sit at least 10 minutes, but it's totally fine to wait longer.
- Flick pressure vent to vent steam, safely take off lid.
- Set to saute and add your milk, sugar, cinnamon and ginger. Saute for 15 minutes, stirring it every minute or two so it cooks evenly.
- Set to keep warm, and holler at your troops that breakfast is ready!
Toppings we love are raisins, dried apples, fresh apples, chopped pecans, fresh or frozen berries, a sprinkle more cinnamon…whatever you’d like, really.
You could make this with leftover rice, however because this brown rice is on the "over cooked" side, you will need to simmer it on saute longer, and you may need more milk. If you're willing to play around, it can be done for sure!