Mini Coconut Brown Rice Puddings with Fig

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Before a few months ago, I had never eaten a fig. Fresh, dried or otherwise, this fruit always seemed to elude me. I had never seen it in a grocery store until recently and at the occasional time I saw it on a menu, I would ignore it in favour of fruits like pear or apple – safe and delicious! However, I was forced to finally try figs when I went out for breakfast with the BF one day to a hip, little backyard cafe called Cafe Komodo. The fruit from the “pancakes with fruit” I ordered turned out to be dried figs, served with cute pikelet-sized pancakes, maple syrup and a small scoop of ice cream. Granted, it wasn’t the healthiest breakfast I had that week but the dried figs were a perfect addition and from then on, I decided to give figs a fighting chance!

Unfortunately, fresh figs are pretty uncommon in my local grocery stores, so when I found a packet in Woolworths I had to snap it up! I thought my first time trying a fresh fig would be amazing. It was bland and boring! I’m not one to waste though, so I set about discovering all the ways I might cook up the six pint-sized figs before they shrivelled up and died.

So here’s a simple dessert recipe using only a few ingredients! I adapted the recipe from [http://www.tarteletteblog.com/2011/08/recipe-gluten-free-fig-gateau-de-riz.html] – I swapped the brown sugar for rice malt syrup as I am trying to reduce my fructose intake and I used silicon moulds to bake the puddings in for portion control. I also used a steamed sachet of brown rice which only took 90 seconds to steam in the microwave. This takes all the hassle out of cooking rice on the stove if you’re in a hurry! This recipe would probably work with quinoa and chia added in to the rice as well. Overall, these mini desserts are low in fat, sugars and GI and so make a perfect treat for the health-conscious. They are not terribly sweet so I would suggest drizzling a bit of rice malt syrup over them to serve. Hope you enjoy!

Mini Coconut Brown Rice Puddings with Fig (makes 7 small puddings)

Ingredients

1/2 can of full-cream coconut milk

250g cooked brown rice (I used Sunrice Organic Brown Rice Steamed Rice Sachet)

2 eggs

1 tbsp rice malt syrup

2 small figs, sliced into 7

Directions

1. Steam your rice in the microwave if using a rice sachet. Otherwise, just put your cooked brown rice in a bowl.

2. In another bowl, mix the coconut milk, eggs and rice malt syrup until well combined.

3. Pour milk mixture over cooked rice and stir.

4. Pour rice batter into 7 silicon moulds (sit the moulds in a muffin tray) and top each with slice of fig.

5. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes at 180 C until golden brown. Let the puddings cool down slightly and set a little in the tray.

6. Eat hot from the moulds if you like or let the puddings cool down completely and slip off the moulds, pop the puddings on a plate and drizzle with rice malt syrup to serve. Enjoy!

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Q: Will eating a lot of sugar give me Diabetes?

A: The short answer is NO.

The long answer is no, but kind of.

Contrary to popular belief, eating sugar itself does not give you Diabetes.

However, eating a lot of sugar can lead to eating too many calories. And eating too many calories can lead to being fat. And being fat is a major risk factor for Diabetes. Make sense? You can actually reverse the effects of Diabetes by losing weight. The point is, indirectly, eating a lot of sugar may lead to Diabetes but it is not the direct cause.

As for regular old white sugar – it doesn’t serve any purpose nutritionally. But in terms of palatability, it can be everything. If you are worried about eating sugar, you don’t have to worry much if you’re eating it in small amounts. It actually has a medium GI rating. That means it’s not going to cause a massive spike in your blood sugar levels even when it’s eaten by itself. But when you combine it with a food that has a low GI, the average GI of the whole meal is lowered. Add sugar to a healthy meal and you’re not going to spike your blood sugar levels. But if you add sugar to a super-high carb meal or recipe (like, a cake), you will most definitely be cooking up some high blood sugar leading to a quick burst of energy and a big ol’ sugar comedown AKA food coma.

To figure out what foods are high and low in GI, check out this table. Just remember, you can lower the GI of any meal by simply adding low GI foods to it! It’s all in the combination of foods within a meal. Adding a teaspoon or two of sugar to your Weetbix or a bowl of porridge is definitely not going to cause any problems. However, it is important to remember that white sugar is empty of nutrients and over-consumption might lead to weight gain, tooth decay and various other health issues so consume it in moderation. The other option is to swap white sugar for the “raw” or less processed types or try natural sweeteners like maple or agave syrup which contain a whole lot of essential vitamins and minerals 🙂