Healthy Breakfast: Black Rice Porridge

I always feel like eating a nutritious breakfast sets me down the right road for making smart food choices throughout the day. We have a few staples that we rely on (steel cut oats, granola and plain yogurt with fruit, avocado toast), but sometimes we need to indulge a bit AND stay pretty healthy. For me, that’s this porridge. It was one of my favorite recipes I made from last year’s Bon Appetit Food Lover’s Challenge. And even though it’s a bit time consuming, you can cook a big pot of rice ahead of time and use it for all sorts of yummy things throughout the week.

Black Rice makes for a delicious, healthy breakfast

Like brown rice, black rice is chock full of bran which is present in the outer husk (that part is removed during milling to make white rice). Black rice has a leg up on brown rice because the bran contains anthocyanins which are responsible for the deep purple and red pigments. Anthocyanins have been linked to a decreased risk of heart disease and cancer, improvements in memory, and other health benefits.

Ingredients to make black rice porridge

Throw in some almond milk, shredded unsweetened coconut and a bit of maple syrup and you have yourself a pretty amazing breakfast. If you’re interested in making your own almond milk (which is super easy), check out this fun video.


from Bon

Black Rice, Almond Milk, Maple Syrup, Shredded Coconut  and Bananas make a delicious breakfast!


  • 1 cup of cooked black rice
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut (plus more for garnish)


  1. Cook the black rice according to the package. We do two cups of water for one cup of rice. Cook it in advance for quicker preparation in the morning.
  2. Add cooked rice and almond milk to a medium pot.
  3. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, uncovered, until the mixture thickens up, about 15 minutes.
  4. Stir in syrup and coconut and cook another minute.
  5. I like to top mine with a little extra coconut and banana. Enjoy!


Black Rice Porridge with Bananas and Coconut


Doesn’t that look delicious? I’ve already gone out and picked up some black rice of my own to try this just as soon as I get home. Want to see more great recipes from Jess? Check out these three great recipes on One Simple Thing

Pumpkin Spice Muffins, Smoothies, and Make Ahead Oats on One Simple ThingSweet Potato and Five Spice Muffins

Berry Banana Green Smoothie

Make Ahead Steel Cut Oats

Jessica Sliman

Since becoming a mom about four years ago, I've focused much more of my time and energy on living a simpler life, eating whole foods, and living in the present moment. I'm a work in progress :) I share my journey at One Simple Thing and would love for you to join me. When I'm not exploring my new home of Southern California with my husband and daughters, you might find me doing yoga, flipping through a cookbook, picking through the trail mix to find the chocolate chips, or reading to Olivia for the 87th time in a day.

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  1. says

    Sounds like a good breakfast. I believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Where can I find black rice? I don’t think I have ever seen it in the store.

    • says

      I found mine at Trader Joe’s … I think but Jess says they have black rice at Whole Foods, Sprouts, Central Market and International store too. I just got my bag, can’t wait to try this. Let me know when you do!

  2. says

    I’ve seen it at Whole Foods and Sprouts. Here in California, our international market has it (which is where I get to because it’s the cheapest!). In San Antonio, central market carries it too. And if all else fails, check amazon! :)

    • says

      Thanks sweetie, so fun to see you here! Aren’t they gorgeous – that’s all Jess, she is incredible. So thankful to have her here writing with us now.

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