A serving of Sweet Cherry Almond Breakfast Risotto in a coffee cup with a cup of coffee in the distance.

Sweet Cherry Almond Breakfast Risotto

Recipe developed for USA Rice by Anne Danahy, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and blogger behind Craving Something Healthy.

  • Servings
  • Serving Size
    ¾ cup
  • Prep Time
    10 min
  • Cook Time
    1 hr 30 min
  • Total Time
    1 hr 40 min


  • 1 cup calrose rice
  • 2½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 (12-ounce) package frozen sweet cherries
  • ½ cup sliced almonds


  • Mix together rice, almond milk, almond extract, salt and maple sugar in a slow cooker, and set to high. Cook, stirring occasionally for 1 hour, or until rice starts to plump and absorbs about half of the milk.
  • Add frozen cherries and almonds and stir to combine. Reduce heat to low and cook for another 30 minutes or until rice is soft and chewy. Serve hot or cold.

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate leftovers in a covered container and reheat or eat cold, adding additional almond milk if necessary.

Nutrition Facts

  • Serving ¾ cup
  • Calories 230
  • Total Fat 6g
  • Saturated Fat .5g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 105mg
  • Carbohydrates 42g
  • Dietary Fiber 5g
  • Sugar 12g
  • Protein 5g