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Coconut Black Rice Porridge

If you have a little extra time in the morning and want to make a nutritious breakfast for your family, then you should try out this vegan Coconut Black Rice Porridge recipe. It’s perfect for any time of the year, especially on those chilly winter mornings when you’re just longing for something warm in your tummy.  

What is Black Rice? 

Black Rice , otherwise known as forbidden rice, was very popular in Asia and was considered a delicacy, only eaten by royalty (hence the name “forbidden”) Today, this rice is not so “forbidden” and is the star of many dishes all around the world, especially in East Asia.  

This type of rice is chock-full of nutrients and has more protein, fiber, and iron than even brown rice. It is rich in antioxidants that support heart health, prevent certain cancers and have anti-inflammatory properties. Black Rice is naturally gluten-free, promotes weight loss and can even lower blood sugar levels in persons with type 2 diabetes.   

Can I use regular rice?

If you can’t source black rice at your local supermarket, you can use brown rice as a substitute. It will take a bit longer to cook but it has similar nutritional benefits and the same kind of nutty flavor. It is also gluten-free and usually cheaper than black rice.

Benefits of coconut milk

Coconut Milk is a great alternative to daily milk, especially if you or your kids are lactose intolerant or vegan. It’s also great since it:

  • Promotes heart health
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Can help with weight loss
  • Aids in digestion
  • Helps skin to glow
  • Promotes brain development

Why you need to try this recipe

The best part about this recipe is the fact that it contains four simple ingredients (black rice, coconut milk, water and salt ) that you probably already have at home.  If you’re not in the mood to do any kind of cheffing, but still want your kids to have a filling meal that they will enjoy, then this Coconut Black Rice Porridge is the perfect choice.

How to Make Coconut Black Rice Porridge 

This is an easy meal to make, but it does take some time, roughly 40 minutes. All you have to do is combine the ingredients in a saucepan and cook it on the stove top.

Here’s the recipe, Enjoy!   

Coconut Black Rice Porridge

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Serves: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 40 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes

Coconut Black Rice Porridge is a simple, easy-to-make breakfast option for vegans, persons on a gluten-free diet and anyone who wants to try something new. It's also great for kids!


  • 1 cup black rice  
  • 1 can full coconut milk  
  • 1 ½ cup water  
  • Pinch unrefined salt  
  • Optional Toppings:
  • Sliced bananas 
  • Coconut flakes 
  • Chopped walnuts  
  • Cinnamon  
  • Fresh or dried mangoes
  • Raw local honey, to sweeten



Combine the black rice with the coconut milk, salt, and water in a saucepan


Allow it to come to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 40 minutes 


Serve in bowls and add some toppings of your choice.


Wait for it to cool before you refrigerate it. It’ll be okay for a day or two, just reheat it before serving.  

If you don’t have 40 minutes to spare, here’s a quick breakfast recipe that will have you out of the door in less in than 10 minutes!  Breakfast Blueberry Chia Oatmeal Smoothie

You can also try this Orange Cardamom Rice Pudding Recipe if you have a little left over rice in the fridge from last night’s dinner.

Black Rice also goes well with tofu! Check out this Pan-Seared Tofu with Homemade Peanut Sauce Recipe

You could also try pairing it with Chickpea Curry


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