Recipe banana (rice) pudding

okay, i can't remember who to give credit to for sending me this recipe, but i'm so glad they did! thank you, friend. my kids are wild for this recipe and eat 2-3 bowls at a sitting. if you have a little one that needs to gain weight, you might consider using whole fat coconut milk (thai kitchen brand in a can, not to be confused w/ the new so delicious coconut milk *beverage*) instead of the hemp mentioned in the recipe. for brown rice, we like basmati or jasmine in this recipe.

2-3 med bananas
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup + 4 TBLSPNS honey or maple syrup (agave would work, too)
1TBLSPN + 2 tsp safe vanilla extract (we use rose and ivy brand - totally corn-free)
1 TBLSPN + 1 tsp ground cinnamon
4 cups cooked brown rice
2 cups hemp milk (or rice, coconut, etc...)

in a very large saucepan, combine the bananas (i cut them into coins first), water, honey, vanilla and cinnamon. bring the mixture to a boil and stir. banana will disintegrate into soft lumps. reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. add the rice and milk and mix well. simmer for 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally. for variety, add raisins, nuts or fresh fruit, as allergies permit. can serve warm or cold. we blended part of it in the blender on high before serving for a true 'pudding' consistency and it made a nice thick (smooth) and stiff pudding. garnish w/ banana coins and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top!


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