Vegan Coconut Rice Recipe

Coconut Rice with Molasses & Cranberries

Happy Day Before My Favorite Holiday! Thanksgiving is the best, isn’t it?! This coconut rice will be so great tomorrow. I know, I know. Rice isn’t a very typical Thanksgiving dish. In my family we are very traditional: sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing. But not everyone likes that stuff, and when you’re making vegan alternatives, you have to get a little creative. Like this rice. Which I love. Keep reading for the recipe!

This rice is really versatile. I’ve eaten it for breakfast with the addition of almonds, added pistachios, used pomegranate arils instead of cranberries (or used both!). You can take out the molasses to make it less sweet or add more, serve it as a not-too-sweet dessert, or just eat it cold out of the fridge in the middle of the night. I really like it as a side to a more savory main course. It’ll be great on your Thanksgiving table! Plus it may be one of the easiest dishes you make this Thursday.

The Recipe

Time: 35 minutes

You will need:

  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup rice (I used brown)
  • 2-3 tablespoons flaked coconut
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (I don’t like fresh, but feel free to use them!)
  • drizzle of molasses

Step 1: Boil coconut milk and water.

Bring the coconut milk and water to a low boil. Stir in the rice, cover, and reduce the heat to low. Let cook for ten minutes.

Coconut Rice

Step 2: Let sit for 20 minutes.

After ten minutes, remove the rice from the heat and let it sit for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove the lid and fluff with a fork. If you are keeping this warm for Thanksgiving dinner, I suggest adding a splash of coconut milk or water if it gets too dry. Add the cranberries, salt and coconut.

Step 3: Serve!

Once in your serving dish, drizzle with molasses and top with a few more cranberries. You know… for pretty!

Coconut Rice

What are your Thanksgiving table must-haves? Mine: sweet potatoes. I could make an entire meal of those bad boys. Favorite <3

xo Sara


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