Granny Apple Rice

In Pasta, Rice, and Grains, Recipes, Thanksgiving 2016 by Lori Hill0 Comments

This vegan rice recipe is another great discovery from the Simply in Season Children’s Cookbook I picked up years ago at Ten Thousand Villages when I had the idealistic image of our sons cooking in the kitchen with me.

Yeah right.

So the adult uses the cookbook, not the children. The recipes in the cookbook are more vegetarian than vegan, so I find myself veganifying them, which is very easy to do. The only ingredient this recipe calls for that a non-vegan may not have readily available is fake butter, but that is easy to locate at any grocery store. I use Earth Balance Buttery Sticks.

The original recipe does not call for raisins, but we decided to add them in. As a kid, I wouldn’t have liked apples and rice and raisins and walnuts all mixed together, but as an adult, I appreciate the flavor combination.

Granny Apple Rice
Serves 6
This sweet and savory plant-based and gluten-free rice is easy to whip up and can be served as a side or a main dish.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
363 calories
67 g
10 g
11 g
5 g
3 g
265 g
45 g
33 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 363
Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 10mg
Sodium 45mg
Total Carbohydrates 67g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 33g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 cup organic brown basmati rice
  2. 2 cups water
  3. 2 TBS dairy-free butter
  4. 1 cup finely chopped onion (about 1/2 large onion)
  5. 1 celery stalk finely chopped
  6. 2 large unpeeled Granny Smith apples
  7. 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  8. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  9. 1 TBS dried thyme
  10. 1 cup raisins
  11. salt and pepper to taste
  1. Combine water and rice in a large pot. Stir once.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce hit to simmer and cover with a lid for 25 minutes.DO NOT REMOVE LID during the simmering process.
  3. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
  4. While rice is cooking, melt butter in a large frypan. Add onion and celery and saute until soft, about 5 minutes.
  5. In a large bowl, combine rice, sautéed onion and celery, diced apples, walnuts, brown sugar, thyme, raisins, and salt and pepper.
  1. I used Earth Balance Buttery Sticks for the vegan butter.
Adapted from Simply In Season Children's Cookbook
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Lori Hill

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Lori Hill is a plant eater, trash picker upper, climate activist, wife, and mom to 2 human boys, 2 cat boys, and 1 dog boy. On a mission to do all she can to take better care of the planet, Lori created Sister Eden Media, a green lifestyle company, to inspire others to give a damn and live more gently on Earth. She shares tips on her YouTube channel, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and also frequently appears on television.
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