This Coconut Milk Risotto with Lemon Blueberry Compote is so creamy and delicious, it's a great treat any time of the day. Plus, it’s dairy-free and vegan, so you can serve this dish to anyone!
So, this coconut milk risotto is very controversial in my house. Is it breakfast or dessert? In my world this is dessert. I can’t really imagine eating it first thing in the morning, but Aaron grew up having rice porridge for breakfast, so he thinks this is the perfect way to start the day!
One thing I will say is that if you're going to "carb it up" doing it earlier in the day is always a better plan, so perhaps breakfast is the best option. Or, we could just meet in the middle and call it dessert for breakfast win-win!
Now, before you get upset with me, I know this isn't exactly how you traditionally make risotto, but you do still use the general principles - cook slow and stir often. Also since your using arborio rice, it's so creamy like a good risotto always is. I highly recommend using white vanilla extract if you have it available. If you don't have it in your cupboard don't fret, it will taste just as good with regular vanilla, you just won't achieve that bring white colour.
So, what side are you on - breakfast or dessert?
prep time 6 minutes
cook time 35 minutes
total time 40 minutes
1.5 cup coconut water
1 cup arborio rice
2 cans light coconut milk
2 tbsp white vanilla
6 tbsp white sugar
In a large pot bring coconut water to a boil then reduce heat and add in arborio rice. Stir constantly until water is fully absorbed.
Add in the coconut milk, vanilla, and sugar and cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until rice is soft and most of the liquid has been absorbed and your risotto is creamy.
Serve either warm or chilled with lemon blueberry compote.
Lemon Blueberry Compote
2 cups fresh blueberries
3 tbsp water
1/4 cup honey
In a small sauce pan combine 1 cup of the blueberries, water, honey and juice of the lemon. Simmer for 10 minutes stirring often. Add in remaining cup of blueberries and simmer another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.