Butterscotch Rice

Butterscotch Rice | Leftover rice makes a delicious breakfast or brunch. | HomespunOasis.com

I love a filling breakfast!

Something hot and delicious always hits the spot.

One night I was thinking about what to have for breakfast the next morning and I thought about making hot rice out of the leftover rice from dinner. When I was a child we often had hot rice with sugar, butter and milk for breakfast. I loved it. I made it for my girls and they didn’t love it.

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Unable to give up on the idea of hot rice for breakfast I decided to use our Butterscotch Oatmeal recipe (which we loved) for inspiration and create Butterscotch Rice. The results were delicious and most of the family agreed (Lulu was not a fan). I recently converted the Butterscotch Oatmeal recipe to incorporate soaking and real ingredients. Here’s the sister recipe: Butterscotch Rice.

I use leftover (soaked) brown rice for the Butterscotch Rice. It is a great way to use up leftovers and makes for speedy prep in the mornings.

The recipe as written gives very generous servings for five (2 adults, 2 teens and one baby). Lulu even says that the Butterscotch Rice made this way is better than the ‘other way’. 😉

Butterscotch Rice

4 cups leftover cooked brown rice
2 cups milk
2 Tablespoons honey (you can use 1 tablespoon for a less sweet dish)
1 Tablespoon molasses
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (use more if you like)
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Heat the rice and milk in a saucepan over medium heat until bubbly.

Turn down the heat, stir it fairly often and let it cook a bit to break down the rice about 5-10 minutes.

Add the honey, molasses, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir well.

Beat the eggs in a separate bowl. Add a little bit of the rice mixture to the eggs and stir well. Pour the eggs into the rice mixture on the stove and stir quickly so the eggs do not clump.

Remove from heat and add the vanilla.

Top with fresh cream and your favorite nuts, fresh or dried fruit. If you like a sweeter breakfast food top with additional sweetener in your bowl.

What, if anything, do you like to put on your hot breakfast cereal?


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Millie Copper
Millie Copper is a Wyoming wife and mama. After reading Nourishing Traditions in early 2009, her family began transforming their diet to whole, unprocessed, nutrient dense foods—a little at a time while stretching their food dollars. Millie is passionate to share how, with a little creativity, anyone can transition to a real foods diet without overwhelming their food budget. Millie began blogging in late 2009 and has amassed a collection of frugal recipes and methods. Her specialties include cooking with wild game and creating “Stretchy Beans”. Discovering a love of writing, she has penned four books focusing on healthy eating on a budget and is trying her hand at fiction writing. Learn more at MillieCopper.com.


  1. Rita

    >Hi! I just found your blog yesterday. Neat to find others striving to cooking nourishing food without spending an arm and a leg.

    We like butter in our breakfast cereal. My secret "splurge" is maple syrup, but my twins just love it with frozen blackberries or blueberries, butter, and honey.

  2. Wardeh

    >It was yummy Millie – we ate it for lunch. 🙂 Thanks – this is a keeper recipe. I love how the honey + molasses makes a butterscotch sweetening. I'll have to remember that. Also, I quadrupled the cinnamon.

  3. Millie

    >Hi Megan,
    Welcome! It is such a simple recipe I never thought of it as decadent but it is delicious.

    I'm glad you found me. Keeping the budget in check can be challenging some times but it does inspire creativity.
    I love maple syrup on anything. My favorite thing to put maple syrup on is ice cream 🙂

    I'm glad you liked it. I would increase the cinnamon too but I have a child who doesn't like cinnamon so I go easy on it.

    Thanks! I love having delicous ways to use up leftovers.

  4. Donna

    >Sounds so yummy!
    I had a bowl of millet the other day with nuts and blueberries and honey- my kids looked in my bowl and said "looks like you went out in the woods and just picked that"-
    I said- "exactly, real food kids!"
    Will have to try this…mmmm!

  5. Rebecca

    >Thanks for sharing! I make a baked rice pudding with leftover rice but no sweetener, just dried fruit. This sounds like a good alternate for a more sweet breakfast. Can't wait to try it!

  6. motherhen68

    >This looks interesting. I did the butterscotch oatmeal recipe and one son like it, the other didn't. I'm so frustrated with my 2nd son who is refusing basically all breakfasts I fix. He doesn't want to eat eggs fried nor scrambled. He's refusing the oatmeal & the grits. This morning I yelled at him because he wasted a bowl of oatmeal (though it was leftover, and bound for the trash anyway). He'd eat dinner leftovers, but they hog up so much food at dinner, there's none left! Sigh.

    Sorry for the rant, but your recipe looks great. I'm going to try it next time I make brown rice.

  7. Millie

    I made millet a couple of times and everyone teased me that it was bird food. I think they would be more receptive to it now, I should try it again.

    That sounds wonderful. Do you have it posted on your blog?

    Boy, that sounds like here! Lulu doesn't care for most of our breakfasts. She does like fried egg sandwiches but yogurt, oatmeal, this rice, the rest are just 'okay' (translation: I'll eat it because I know that I'm expected too but I don't like it). Dinner is not much better. And you don't even want to hear about the challenges I've had through the years with my now 19 year old. WHEW.

  8. Rebecca

    >I'll post my rice pudding recipe later, maybe this week.

    I made a batch of this tonight after supper; do you usually eat it warm or cold? Trying to figure out if we want to reheat it tomorrow.

  9. Alisa

    >This is my first time to your blog and I cant wait to try this.I happen to have some leftover rice,and this looks really promising!I came across your site from the foodieblogroll and I'd love to guide our readers to your site if you won't mind.Just add your choice of foodista widget to the end of this post and it's all set, Thanks!

  10. Millie

    >Hi Alisa,
    Thanks! I'm happy to have your readers stop by. Your foodista site looks very interesting. I'm looking forward to exploring it.

  11. christine

    >Hello Millie! I found this blog in Foodista and followed it here. This is a actually cool Butterscotch Rice recipe. Keep it up and I may see you on Food Network one day. By the way, did you know you can place more Foodista widget? A friend of mine placed proper Foodista widget at the end of her latest blogs and the numbers of her readers increased. Interesting isn’t it?

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      Hi Provision Room!
      It is quite yummy. Defintely a nice change of pace. It makes a nice dessert also. 😉

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