Oatmeal is our typical quick and easy breakfast but when I’m in the mood for something a little different I choose Breakfast Rice.
I like my Breakfast Rice with the same type of flavors as my oatmeal, apples, cinnamon, chia seed and a bit of maple syrup.
Short grain brown rice is my favorite tasting rice. It’s got a slightly nutty flavor and stays bulkier than quick cooking rice. I feel like it’s more filling but you could switch it up and try your favorite type of rice, you will need to adjust the cooking time though.
Since short grain brown rice takes longer to cook than many other types of rice, I like to cook it in my Instant Pot. The best thing about the Instant Pot is being able to get everything started and walk away until its done. No need to stand and watch or stir throughout the cooking time. Just set it and come back when its ready.
This recipe does double duty though because I cook the rice plain, then add the other ingredients after the rice is cooked. I’ve made it the other way and cooked it all together but this way, I can have a batch of cooked brown rice for later, if I double the recipe. Also, when you add the apples and raisins before cooking, they get too soft for my preference. I like my apples and raisins uncooked.
This Breakfast Rice also tastes excellent the next day. I heat it up quickly in the microwave but you could reheat it in on the stove or in the Instant Pot. The only thing I do when I reheat it is add more liquid, usually rice milk but any plant-based milk would work. The rice will absorb any extra liquid when you store it.
My boys love their Breakfast Rice swimming in rice milk. They always add a lot of extra milk to their oatmeal too.
There are many other options besides apples and raisins. Dried cranberries, blueberries, ginger, nutmeg, pears, pretty much anything you can imagine.
Instant Pot Breakfast Rice
- 2 cups brown rice
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups rice milk
- 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 apple, diced
- 1/4 cup raisins or other dried fruit
- maple syrup to taste
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds, optional
- Pour brown rice and water into your Instant Pot. Press manual and adjust time to 22 minutes.
- Once done, allow your pot to come to (NPR) natural pressure release for 10 minutes. Then release any remaining pressure.
- If you doubled your recipe to have brown rice for dinner, take it out and set aside now. If not, skip this step.
- Pour in your milk, cinnamon, diced apples, and raisins. Stir together.
- Top with maple syrup to taste and chia seeds.
This breakfast is perfect for people who want a warm, hearty breakfast that will keep them full all morning. If you have more time you can try the Stove Top Version of Breakfast Rice! It’s even creamier!
Have you tried Breakfast Rice? What do you think? Share your favorite additions to this dish!