This post may contain affiliate links. Please view my disclosure page for more information.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wholesome Banana Rice Pudding


      Somehow it happened that we had one lone overripe banana in the house.  Usually I try to make sure we have a few at a time so I can make Di's Banana Cake or these delicious Banana Oat Muffins. I just made a batch of our favorite Whole Grain Banana Yogurt Pancakes for Fat Tuesday, so those were out.  What the heck was I going to do with one banana?! Then genius struck!


     This is one of those clean out the refrigerator dishes that tastes so good too.  Some leftover rice from last night's dinner, that old banana on the counter that had better be used today or it is going to be nothing but a gooey mess and some pantry staples and voila! This would make a perfect snack or a great healthier dessert.  Heck, it would be a tasty breakfast as well! It is perfect for toddlers and adults alike.


     This recipe isn't overly sweet, and it gets most of its sugar from the banana.  If you banana isn't as ripe as mine was, you may want to give it a taste and either drizzle with a little more honey or stir some in.  I was fine with it just as is, but you can certainly do it your way.  In just over 10 minutes I had my first serving.  I just love warm rice pudding!  The rest went into the fridge for later.  It was really good cold too.


Wholesome Banana Rice Pudding
makes about 4  2/3 cup servings

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups prepared rice (I used leftover organic brown rice)
1 ripe banana
1 cup whole milk
1 T honey
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

More cinnamon for serving

  1. Place banana, milk, honey, cinnamon and salt in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Place rice and banana mixture in a medium saucepan (use one larger than you'd think, the milk mixture will foam and expand while you are cooking it.)  Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until thickened, about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  4. I love eating a serving while it is still warm, but if you like your rice pudding cold just refrigerate for about an hour or until chilled.  
  5. Serve with an additional sprinkle of cinnamon.
I'm sharing this recipe at Meal Plan Monday, click over to join me!

44 comments:

  1. That seems similar to oatmeal. Would this be a good breakfast?

    ReplyDelete
  2. I have not had rice pudding in years! The fact that you added a banana makes me so want to have some ripe bananas to whip this up in the kitchen some morning. I think my whole family would like this.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was so good and really easy! Next time I'm making a double batch.

      Delete
  3. Looks yummy! When I have a single over-ripe banana, I make banana pancakes or banana-nut porridge.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We love the cake so much that we normally only have eyes for it with bananas! This was a really good alternative, though I could really go for a bowl of banana-nut porridge right now!

      Delete
  4. I've never been much of a rice pudding fan, but adding banana makes it sound pretty good! Thanks for sharing on the "What's for Dinner" linky party!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I actually prefer it warm over cold! Thanks for hosting!

      Delete
  5. I haven't had rice pudding since I was in the navy. Adding bananas would be a great addition. I have added this to my to do list.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I only make it once or twice a year, but then wonder why I don't make it more often!

      Delete
  6. Hi Carlee - looks like we both added banana recipes to the blog link-up at Ducks 'n a Row today! I yummed this - and cannot wait to try it! All your recipes are wonderful, and I think this will be an amazing rice pudding :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. How fun, banana recipes are always among my favorites! Thanks, Susan.

      Delete
  7. Rice pudding is one of my all-time favorites...can't wait to try this!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I love it too, it is so easy and so good!

      Delete
  8. I love rice pudding. I love it, I love it, I love it. Second only to tapioca. Thanks for joining us again at Saucy Saturdays, Carlee!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me too! I really like having a little texture in my food. Though I certainly don't turn away smooth pudding either ;-)

      Delete
  9. I love a good rice pudding! I swear I could live on just rice pudding alone. I will definitely be trying this recipe. #MerryMonday

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you love it! I'd be happy to try living on rice pudding alone for a while with you ;-)

      Delete
    2. Oh Carlee..what an AMAZING creation. I know I would love it. Pinning and making one of these days! Thanks for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck.

      Delete
    3. Thank you! It is so good and a great way to use up those bits and pieces! Thank you so much for the potluck, I always love to see what everyone brings!

      Delete
  10. My mom used to make us rice pudding with raisins and I haven't had it since I was a kid. What memories this brings back! We always have left over rice, this is going on our menu, soon!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is a perfect way to use up those leftovers! I considered stirring raisins into this too, but decided to keep it just banana. I love rice pudding with raisins!

      Delete
  11. I love rice pudding but never thought to add banana! Yum! Pinned!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is so good! It adds a nice banana flavor and almost eliminates the need for other sweeteners. Thank you!

      Delete
  12. What a great Rice Pudding! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a fantastic day!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! It was like a (warm banana-y) hug in a bowl!

      Delete
  13. I need to try this ASAP! I think my son would LOvE this!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope he does! It is so easy and we all loved it!

      Delete
  14. Sounds good I have never tried to make rice pudding! All the ingredients sound easy to have on hand too! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on Twitter! Have a great week!
    Kim

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is so easy and so darn good! It is a great way to use up leftover rice and make it into a fun treat! Thank you!

      Delete
  15. I feel like rice pudding is kind of a southern thing and I'm embarrassed to say that I've never even tried it before. Your recipe sounds great though and I'm really intrigued to give it a shot! Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If you like tapioca, I think you'll like it! I love having texture in my food, so I love it. It is certainly worth a try. I end up with leftover rice quite a bit, so this is a great way to turn it into a treat!

      Delete
  16. I love rice pudding Carlee! This sounds so good!
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes with us at Cooking and Crafting with J&J!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks as always, Julie! You ladies are both so sweet!

      Delete
  17. I've never been a fan of rice pudding, but the added banana gives it more interest for me. Thanks for sharing your recipe at the Over the Moon Link Party.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I only make it a couple of times a year, but I do enjoy it every time! Maybe the banana will help!

      Delete
  18. My mom would love this. Actually, my daughter would too. They love rice pudding. Thank you for linking up to Tips and Tricks. We love seeing your creations each week.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You'll have to make it for them some time! Thanks for hosting!

      Delete
  19. My nieces would love this!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope they do! Thanks for hosting!

      Delete
  20. I have some left over rice it my fridge that I was thinking of using in a rice pudding, banana sounds like a great addition, I will have to try this! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you love it! Thanks for hosting!

      Delete