Sweet Pumpkin Cream of Rice Cereal – Easy Gluten Free Breakfast

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on November 2, 2010

A while back we discovered Cream of Rice cereal when Ryan was on a gluten-free diet. (We have since learned he is only sensitive to rye, but not other wheat products.)  When cleaning out the pantry and stockpile recently, I discovered a box of Cream of Rice cereal behind some cans.

Charlie about jumped out of his skin, he was so excited!  We used to “bury” frozen blueberries and drizzle honey over the top, before stirring in some milk. The frozen blueberry treasure hunt was perfect because the boys would be so impatient to eat their breakfast…and the frozen blueberries would cool down the hot rice cereal in less than a minute!

Simple mix-ins after you make the cream of rice…

  • canned pumpkin
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • ground ginger
  • ground nutmeg
  • touch vanilla

I’m not going to give exact measurements…as it will depend on how much cream of rice you make, and how much you put into each bowl.  I will give you a visual below. A normal size cereal bowl.

Thankfully, they both enjoyed the pumpkin version, as much as they like their blueberry treasure hunt version! (Baby enjoyed it too!)

Have you ever tried Cream of Rice cereal?!

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Candi November 2, 2010 at 10:43 am

Looks yummy and healthy! Did you know you can make your own brown rice cereal by blending dry brown rice in the blender until it’s completely pulverized and soft? I didn’t know until last week when I saw it on the Duggar’s show. My babies are grown but this is a great idea and I’m sure it’s a lot cheaper than the boxed.

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Michelle November 2, 2010 at 10:52 am

babies? I think that looks good for ME :) You can also use a coffee grinder on the rice…that’s how we used to make baby cereal for the boys.

I have a bag of Bob’s Red Mill Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal I’ve been working on…the pumpkin would be a great add in to that. Thanks, Erin!

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom November 2, 2010 at 8:22 pm

I have some of that Mighty Tasty Hot cereal in the pantry too…trying it with that next! Thanks Michelle!

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Karen Han November 2, 2010 at 11:00 am

I have some pumpkin mix pureed leftover and I don’t know what to do with it(aside from make a pie which no one will eat!)

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Susan November 3, 2010 at 5:51 am

We haven’t tried cream of rice but we do eat Farina or Cream of Wheat AND I also make quick oats stovetop rather then buy the packets, I could mix them into either! THANKS

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Cynthia November 3, 2010 at 6:25 pm

My son is gluten-free so we eat a lot of cream of rice in winter. I make it with many different add-ins. Usually we make it creamy with half of the liquid being organic soy milk. Chopped dried apricots and a few drops of almond flavour. Chopped walnuts and apples and cinnamon. Peanut butter. Molasses. Vanilla and strawberries. Dried cranberries and orange essence. Cocoa and brown sugar. We also do pumpkin and cinnamon. Mashed bananas. The list goes on……….

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Ann Bowlby March 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Hi,
I just wanted to tell you that soy might not be the best milk for your son. Many people are allergic to soy and don’t know it. Look at dangers of soy in any search engine. Soy has a lot of plant estrogens that can worsen hormone related problems for anyone. Read and learn. Good luck. Gluten free is a challenge, but can be overcome.

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Lisa November 3, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Hi.. Please forgive me for asking, I”ve never made cream of rice cereal.. what are the portions how much ‘powdered’ rice and how much water/liquid? Can you make this in the microwave? I’m needing some fast, quick and inexpensive GF meal ideas, and this would make a quick meal for me.
Thank you!

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cheryl March 8, 2011 at 8:07 am

ok, don”t mean to be ignorant with this question- but whole grain uncooked brown rice? You can put that in a blender or food processor and pulvarize? Then how much liquid do you use to make a serving of the rice cereal? Awesome idea!!! Surely it came from the Duggards with all those mouths to feed, ha ha

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom March 8, 2011 at 6:35 pm

LOL! Ha! Yes…you can make your own cream of rice…definitely!

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Jarrod April 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Just stumbled upon this b/c I found my long lost Cream of Rice box i bought when I first found out I was gluten intolerant.

I’m wondering if the Cream of Rice could be treated like grits for a savory dinner… like shrimp and some low-fat cheese?

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Ann Bowlby March 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Stop wondering, and get trying! Rice grits sounds great! When I am experimenting, I make a few quarts of the base recipe, whether it is pasta, potatoes, or in this case, cream of rice, split it up, then in small bowls I start mixing in the various add-ins. The we have a family tasting to see if it is a go, a dud, or just needs some additional tweaking…

I also discovered a nice brown rice cereal at Whole Foods called Rice and shine. I haven’t checked yet, but suspect that brown rice may have a lower glycemic index rating than white rice cereal. This is my first time at this site, and so far I love it and the inspiration I am finding here… Thanks!

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