Some of the most useful recipes that I've ever gotten from blogs have been easy, casual recipes that the bloggers weren't sure if they should even post about because they were so simple. Things like granola bars, roasted tomatoes and onions, savory oatmeal.. quick and easy everyday type stuff.
I realized that peanut butter rice is one of those recipes. It's something that I'll make for breakfast (or dinner if I'm home alone) and takes less than a minute to throw together. It's all rich, creamy, and peanut buttery while still being really good for you.
So here it is. A recipe so simple that I probably didn't need to take step by step photos of it. (Spoiler alert.. stir the ingredients together and microwave it).
Since I typically eat this when I'm just cooking for myself the recipe is for a single serving, but you can easily double or triple it to feed more people.
It starts with 1/2 a cup of cooked brown rice. We eat a lot of brown rice so there is almost always leftovers in the fridge. If you're already making rice for dinner it makes sense to throw a bit more in the pot/rice cooker to use later.
The creaminess come from a tablespoon of peanut butter. For baking (and general peanut-butter eating) I'd recommend using the just-peanuts or all natural peanut butters. You know, the ones that don't have sugars or hydrogenated oils added to them. It performs better in recipes, plus it doesn't mess with the sweetness levels when you add it to baking. Sure, you have to stir that pesky layer of oil into the peanut butter every damn time, but it's delicious enough to be worth it.
I use honey to add a bit of sweetness because:
a. it stirs into the rice nicely
b. peanut butter and honey are a delicious combination
Everything gets piled on top of the rice along with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon and then it takes a trip to the microwave for 30 - 50 seconds until the ingredients are warm enough to easily stir together.
Next, add a splash of skim milk or almond milk or coconut milk depending on what's handy in your fridge. Almond/coconut milk makes it vegan friendly (and a quick switch of honey to maple syrup), skim milk makes it ...unfriendly to vegans but delicious to everyone else. I had some almond milk kicking around so that's what went in this time. Plus I was saving my precious skim milk for my tea.
Once you've added enough milk to smooth out the peanut butter, the rice gets microwaved for 30sec- 1 min more until it's all melty and creamy and warm. This is where you can taste and add more honey if you need it sweeter.
Once it's too your liking you can enjoy warm, healthy rice pudding for breakfast lunch or dinner guilt free! Nutritionally its similar to eating a piece of whole wheat bread with peanut butter and honey on it, but brown rice doesn't have the added sodium and fat that bread does.
And since you're having *such* a healthy breakfast you are now clear to have cake for lunch. It's all about balance people.
Peanut Butter Rice
Makes one serving
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
1 TBSP natural peanut butter
2 tsp honey
generous sprinkling of cinnamon
Splash or milk (or non-dairy milk) approximately 2 TBSP
1. Place the rice, peanut butter, honey, and cinnamon in a bowl and microwave for 30 - 50 sec or until warm enough to stir together.
2. Add the milk and stir until smooth. Microwave for another 30 sec - 1 min until creamy and warm. Serve immediately.