Fruits En Noir
Translated from French to English to mean Fruit in Black, is hardly a French dish at all; if anything it could be traced back to the Emperors of China. There was a time in history when Chinese Emperors had almost exclusive access to black rice due to its rarity and its high protein and fibre content. Black rice has higher percentages of protein and fibre than any other rice. Something else about black rice is its high anti-oxidant content, namely anthocyanins, effective for reducing cholesterol, arterial plaque deposits, and protecting the skin from sun radiation. The fruits in this recipe provide a variety of anti-oxidants along with juicy sweetness and their bright colors.
Fruits En Noir
Attributes: vegan, gluten free and dairy free, busy day breakfast
Equipment: Cooking pot
2 C cooked black rice
1 can organic coconut milk
¼ C maple syrup
5 each dried apricots, prunes & mango slices
2 T raw pumpkin seeds
2 T dried blueberries
Directions: Boil 1 C black rice in 2 cups water with ½ tsp coconut oil and a pinch of sea salt. Reduce heat, cover and cook. As water evaporates add coconut milk and let rice absorb milk. When rice is thick and sticky add maple syrup, fruit and pumpkin seeds. Serve hot in a bowl with or without cold vegan milk. Super decadent!
Optional: Fresh blueberries can be substituted for dried. 1 T flax seeds can be used for added nutrition. Fresh coconut milk can be made with young Thai coconuts by blending its meat and water to desired thickness.
Tips: Black rice is known for its antioxidant content and anthocyanins, helping
to reduce cholesterol and arterial plague deposits. Black rice also contains more protein and fibre than any other rice.