Monday, March 21, 2016

Mexican Rice Pudding Recipe

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Little else says comfort to me like Arroz con Leche. I loved it as a kid growing up in California and I love it even more now as an adult and yet, I don't make it very often because it traditionally has copious amounts of sugar, fats and calories. That is Until now...
rice pudding
A couple weeks ago, I had a serious craving for it, so I set out to recreate this decadent treat. I got working on a few different batches using different milks and sweeteners until I striked an acceptable ratio of sweetness, sugar, calories & fat. And I'm happy to report I came up with a great better-for-you option{with only 157 calories per serving} without compromising flavor! It's seriously so yummy and you'd never guess it was a lightened up recipe! And now that I know I can make this healthier option, you can bet I'll be making this all the time{guilt-free;)}! 
So you want to know my secret ingredient? It's called Sir Bananas and it really made all the difference since it was already naturally sweet {it's made with real bananas and has a delicious creamy taste}. 
We stumbled upon this Bananamilk as we were perusing Walmart's dairy aisle & the girls were doing their best to coerce me into buying them chocolate milk {I'm usually not a fan}. I looked through quite a few nutrition labels before deciding on Sir Bananas™ {I caved and got them the Chocolate 2 % Bananamilk as well as the regular 2 % Bananamilk :D}. 
I like that It's chock full of essential nutrients {8 to be exact}, and does not contain artificial colors or flavors and is a good source of Protein, Calcium & Potassium. Hooray for wholesome kid-friendly drinks
I don't know about you but I always worry about my kiddos getting enough to eat {since they're notorious for grazing all day}. But this Bananamilk definitely sets me a little more at ease {especially on busy mornings}!
 So far our little monkeys girls have really enjoyed it! 
 Alright, are you ready for my Banana infused Arroz con Leche recipe? It's super simple and easy to make!
Banana Infused Arroz con Leche Recipe

2  cups Sir Bananas Bananamilk
1/3 cup white rice {Long grain}
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 cup raisins
1 tsp cinnamon{or two cinnamon sticks}

pinch of salt

4 cup water
1. Bring water, rice, cinnamon and salt to a boil in a saucepan over medium high heat.
2. Once rice is tender
{about 15 mins} drain excess water.
3. Then add in Sir Bananas milk to saucepan, bring to a boil for five minutes then cover & simmer         until rice is cooked through.
3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, brown sugar and raisins.
4. Cover it once more and let it set for five minutes before serving{serves four 1/2 cup servings}.

What did I tell ya? Super simple right?! I hope you enjoy it as much as we have! 
rice pudding
PS. Be sure to check out  Sir Bananas™ site for a slew of Bananamilk recipes! 
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have such a wonderful day!