You know what’s weird?
That oatmeal and rice pudding have essentially the same ingredients and preparation/cooking instructions but one is a very distinctly a breakfast and one is very much a dessert. What is it with oats and rice? Why is rice a dessert and oats are a breakfast? Well I say to hell with that.
Rice pudding for breakfast anyone? If we put fruit on it… its basically a balanced meal. duh.
I’m down with this train of thought.
Next thing: Why has the world been keeping home-made compote from me for the past 20-odd years. Who’s wise idea was that?
I didn’t think it was that easy to make I guess. And man, it is better than jam and contains less sugar… so why would you ever make jam?! WHY!? Why would you try (and probably fail) to can/jar things in boiling water when you could really, honestly, just eat compote from the saucepan…? Riddle me that!
So – I made rice pudding. And then I made compote. And then I layered them like a fancy person and put lemon on top like an even FANCIER person and then my tastebuds exploded.
If I can have fancy tastebud explosions… so can you!
Lets get into it!
1/2c. Arborio rice
1 c. coconut milk
1 c. oat milk
1/4 c. raw sugar
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 vanilla bean (scraped)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. bluberries
1/8 c. sugar
1 tbsp. lemon
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 tsp. arrowroot powder
For the rice puddin’
Pour the coconut milk, oat milk, rice, sugar, and zest into a saucepan and bring to a boil over med/high heat. Once the mixture is boiling, lower the temperature and allow it to simmer while covered for about 30 minutes. I usually eyeball this because it always depends. I taste it and take it off the heat when the rice is cooked and there is only a bit of liquid left. It will firm up quite a bit as it cools. Now, mix in the cinnamon and vanilla bean scrapings.
Serve hot or cold with blueberry compote.
For the Blueberry compote
Toss everything in a small saucepan and simmer on a medium heat until sugar has dissolved and you crush up some of those berries. It doesn’t take long… 3-5 minutes.
Eat direct from saucepan. Or layer with rice pudding like a fancy person.