Sweet rice for self-love

After returning from holidays with admittedly lots of pleasure eating, I have been pondering over ‘healthy’ and ’emotionally healthy’ meals. Are they the same or wildly different? Can a dish be both? How do we find the intersection?

Sure, I am an advocate for meals that are good for the planet and nutritious for the body. At the same time, I am no stranger to craving some comfort food when feeling under the weather. While nursing a cold after giving it my all in Hungary, I felt exactly that. In need of a little bit of extra self-love. 

When the body speaks, we ought to listen. I believe, ‘healthy’ also requires us to find what feels right in that specific moment (within reason). With love, I am sharing a plant based go-to brekkie that made my day just a little sweeter.

5 minutes
preparation time
15 minutes
cooking time
3 bowls
filled with yummy sweets


  • ½ cup round/ short-grain rice
  • 1 ½ cup of water
  • 1 ½ cup of plant-based milk
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon 
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

+ Fresh fruits of your choice


  1. Put the rice, water, salt, cinnamon and cardamom in a pot, bring to a boil. 
  2. When the rice has soaked up the water, add the milk and coconut oil. Simmer slowly until the mixture is creamy and thick. 
  3. Meanwhile, cut the fresh fruits to preferred size. As soon as the rice is ready, you can start with making a super-duper-looking bowl of love. The devil is in the details.*

Enjoy! ❤


* Get your hands on local and seasonal fruits if you can. I managed to score some peaches that were beautifully sweet. Besides, I gave it a plum hug and some frozen strawberries from the freezer. Don’t be shy to improvise! Work with that you have.