Creamy and delicious Arborio Rice Pudding for breakfast

I’ve recently realised I like to change my breakfasts based on the season and the weather. Is this something you do as well? I always knew all the other meals in my life (as well as desserts) were something that changed seasonally, but I will now add breakfast to my list.

So my latest Summertime favourite breakfast food is homemade Arborio Rice Pudding! (The rice used for risotto and paellas.) After all, why can we eat oats or wheat for breakfast but not rice? It is healthy (more on that in the recipe), makes a great base for various toppings of fruit, and most importantly in this summer season, it is cold! It is also creamy, delicious, and we love it with lots of fresh berries or peaches to make it utterly delightful. And luckily, it is also works as the perfect dessert!

This is a recipe I have modified from a few recipes, and I have dramatically eliminated the amount of sugar. With only 5 ingredients, it is easy to organise and can be made with your children. And it only needs to be made on the hob — not in the hot oven!

Here is the recipe, enjoy!

Serves 4 (we usually double the recipe so we can get a few days of breakfast from it)

1/2 cup Arborio rice (this makes it super creamy)
4 cups organic whole milk
2 tablespoons sugar (you can make it sugar free for younger children, we have made both)
1/2 vanilla bean, split
1 fresh bay leaf (adds a lovely base)

In a large saucepan, place all the ingredients. Bring it to a gentle boil and then turn it down to a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally to keep it from sticking to the bottom, for about 30 to 40 minutes. Taste the rice to check for doneness. The rice should be very soft and plump.

Take the pudding off the heat. Pour into bowls and cool.

I make it early in the morning or late in the evening, when it isn’t too hot indoors and then let it cool before placing in the refridgerator for 6-8 hours. (We like it very cold!) Then we serve it with fresh fruit, a bit of pouring cream and cinnamon.


Lara x

ps Also a great easy summer snack that can also be a breakfast to help keep kids cool, these fruit ice lollies.


Comments (4)

July 27, 2018

Have you tried it with nut milk? Looks delish!

Lara in London
September 6, 2018

I haven’t but that sounds delicious. I must try it. Thanks! x

Audrey Zucchi
July 31, 2018

hi ! where did you get your tablespoon ? look soooooo nice !

Lara in London
September 6, 2018

Thanks Audrey, they are from Anthroplogie about 15 years ago! But worth checking to see if they have something similarly cute!

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