Nourish PA: One-Pot Brown Rice Breakfast Porridge

Make no mistake: We love oats. We love them jazzed up with spices and pumpkin for a hearty oatmeal, and blended with peanut butter and jelly to make easy snack bars. We love oats savory, topped with a fried egg, and baked with applesauce. There are so many ways to enjoy this versatile, healthy grain, but oats aren’t the only grain that can make a delicious breakfast bowl!

Brown rice is also a stellar base for a nourishing breakfast porridge, akin to rice pudding, but a bit lighter in terms of sugar. Our brown rice breakfast porridge is gently spiced with cinnamon, and topped with chopped nuts for texture, and applesauce and dates for a touch of sweetness. Feel free to use any kind of milk you have on hand, from skim or whole milk to any kind of non-dairy milk alternative.

One-Pot Brown Rice Breakfast Porridge

Serves 2
Prep Time Cook Time Total Time
10 min 35 min 45 min


  • 3 cups milk, dairy or plant-based
  • 1 cup brown rice, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for garnish
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts, such as almonds, walnuts or pecans
  • Honey or maple syrup, optional, for garnish


  1. Combine milk, brown rice, cinnamon and salt in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Bring mixture to a gentle boil, stirring occasionally.
  2. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until rice is tender and mixture has thickened, about 35 minutes.
  3. Divide rice porridge between two serving bowls. Top each bowl evenly with applesauce, dates and nuts. Garnish with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup (if using) and additional cinnamon. Serve warm.
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