Sweet Apple Baked Rice

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It you like sweet entrees, you will looove this baked rice dish.


Now – I’ll admit that this dish got a lukewarm reception from the Husband, who said it was “lost in translation between dinner and dessert.”  But I LOVE sweet rice dishes so I was a huge fan.


Plus, its covered in reduced apple juice.  How could it not be amazing?


Sweet Apple Baked Rice


Ingredients (makes four servings):


  • 3/4 brown rice
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 pack extra firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins, chopped
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk
  • Sprinkle of salt
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1.5 tablespoon butter
  • 3 cups apple juice
  • Another drizzle of maple syrup



  • Preheat over to 375 degrees.
  • Prepare brown rice according to package direction.
  • Drain tofu and press extra firm tofu of excessive juice (for about two minutes)
  • Chop tofu into squares and, in a large bowl, combine tofu, pecans, raisins, maple syrup, and cinnamon.



  • Using a spoon, crumble the tofu and mix everything together.
  • Punch the sweet potato with a fork and microwave for about 4 minutes.  Let cool and then remove the skin.  Chop and add to tofu mix.



  • Add almond milk and salt.  Mix in cooked brown rice.
  • Grease a heavy pie dish, pour rice and tofu mix in.  Using a spatula, pack down the mix.

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  • Top rice with sliced apple. 
  • Melt butter in microwave and drizzle on top.



  • Cover with alumnium foil and bake at 374 degrees for 45 minutes.
  • After 45 minutes, remove foil and bake for another 15.
  • Meanwhile, bring apple juice to a roiling boil to reduce.  It will take about 15 minutes for the mix to reduce.  At the very end, add a drizzle of maple syrup.



  • Remove serving, plate (it will be all crumbly), and drizzle with sauce.
  • Enjoy!


Hello, yum.


Let’s see… beyond making this face-rocking baked rice dish, I also went to a 90-minute hot yoga class, munched on yummy toast, went on a long walk with the Husband and James, wrapped Christmas presents, and now I’m trying to write another chapter of the book.


Happy Sunday!  🙂



  • gabriella @ embracement December 5, 2010, 3:39 pm

    looks delicious i loved baked apples

  • Amanda (Eating Up) December 5, 2010, 3:43 pm

    So creative! This makes me want some rice pudding.

  • Ashley December 5, 2010, 3:46 pm

    I love bake apples, and sweets of all variety, but I don’t think I could eat it as a main dish, maybe a side. It looks amazing though.

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) December 5, 2010, 3:47 pm

    Baked apples are delicious so I will be trying this soon! 🙂

  • janae @ hungryrunnergirl December 5, 2010, 3:48 pm

    That makes me so hungry. Girl, you always have the best recipes!! Good luck writing…can’t wait for your new book!

  • Anon December 5, 2010, 3:57 pm

    How do you manage to get so much accomplished?
    I don’t do 1/10th of that in a day. Its nearly evening and I’ve just been eating, reading a bit, wasting time, perusing drugstores.
    I’m really failing at even attempting to do yoga too. I just have no motivation. I’m just going to have to be realistic and realistic that 10 minutes 2-3 times a week will have to make do.

    • Caitlin December 5, 2010, 8:20 pm

      I decide what I need to do in the day and I do it. Make a list and plow on through. But yes… being realistic is important.

      • Anon December 5, 2010, 9:56 pm

        Hi Caitlin,
        Do you mind if I ask what time you wake up and then what time you eat breakfast every day? You seem to get an incredible amount done.

        • Caitlin December 6, 2010, 8:59 am

          7:45 and then 8.

  • anonymous December 5, 2010, 3:59 pm

    mmm looks like dessert 😀

  • Sana December 5, 2010, 3:59 pm

    I may have to go with your husband on this, their is an Indian rice dish that is sweet and I am just not a fan. I like my rice non sweet.
    Maybe with some raisins- but nothing more.
    Good luck with the book!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 5, 2010, 4:02 pm

    What a brilliant idea!!!

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews December 5, 2010, 4:02 pm

    Yum! That looks amazing. I am making some baked apples today.

  • Ashley @ Thefitacademic December 5, 2010, 4:16 pm

    Wow! Sounds like a super productive day! This dish looks fabulous!! My hubby isn’t a big fan of the sweet dishes, but I love anything apple & sweet apple rice….just amazing!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 5, 2010, 4:23 pm

    Busy Sunday! Just like mine.

    Not sure I’d like the apple/rice dish. I am not huge on sweet apple dishes in general, but it does look great!

  • Liz @ Blog is the New Black December 5, 2010, 4:29 pm

    Oooooh, I like the idea of apples and rice!!!

  • Shauna December 5, 2010, 4:32 pm

    I’m with your husband on this one, but I love your creativity!

  • Emilie December 5, 2010, 4:34 pm

    Sounds like it could be a great dessert-for-dinner type dish! I’m impressed with your productivity. I’ve been taking the whole “day of rest” thing a little too literally today!

    • Baking 'n' Books December 5, 2010, 4:43 pm

      Haha – that’s what I was thinking 🙂

  • Laura December 5, 2010, 4:42 pm

    I bet the reduced apple juice would be yummy on ice cream or pancakes!

  • Baking 'n' Books December 5, 2010, 4:43 pm

    Whewf! I’m exhausted reading what you did 🙂 Creative dish! Where did you get inspiration to try that? Never would have thought of it. I think it’d be more for my dessert though or with breakfast maybe.

    • Caitlin December 5, 2010, 8:20 pm

      I just started to throw shit into a bowl!

  • Kathleen December 5, 2010, 4:44 pm

    Anything with baked apples = yum. I love butter, cinnamon and sugar on sticky rice. My husband thinks I’m crazy and that’s ok… More for me. 🙂 Congrats on getting lots of writing done.

  • Kylie @ A Hungry Spoon December 5, 2010, 4:45 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe–I love baked apples and cinnamon mixed into an entree, and the addition of tofu and sweet potato definitely make this hearty enough for a main course. Yum 🙂

  • Camille December 5, 2010, 4:58 pm

    There is never a bad time of day for a sweet dish!
    It looks incredible!

  • Jamie @ Food in Real Life December 5, 2010, 5:15 pm

    I had no idea you could reduce apple juice like that. I feel like I would like that syrup on some sharp cheddar. So cool!

    • Caitlin December 5, 2010, 8:22 pm

      oohhh that sounds like a delish combo!

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks December 5, 2010, 5:26 pm

    That dish looks fab! Sweet rice dishes are awesome.

  • Katie @ Live for the Long Run December 5, 2010, 5:27 pm

    I love anything with apples! I cannot wait to try this out!

  • Trish December 5, 2010, 5:30 pm

    I so have to make this. 🙂 Looks really good!!!

  • Gina December 5, 2010, 6:10 pm

    Since I have a crazy sweet tooth, I’m always looking for healthy ways to sweeten up any kind of dish! Love this recipe 🙂

  • Charlie December 5, 2010, 6:17 pm

    This looks amazing!

  • Ash Bear December 5, 2010, 6:18 pm

    I don’t think I could do this for an entree but I think it would be a delicious dessert minus the tofu!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal December 5, 2010, 6:34 pm

    That looks great!! And when I have a sweeter dinner – I rarely feel the need to eat dessert.

  • *Andrea* December 5, 2010, 7:06 pm

    i loveeee sweet dishes! especially sweet carby dishes like oatmeal. i have to try this – especially since it’s not too complicated! seriously, after your 2nd op beautiful book you NEED to make a vegetarian cookbook for dummies (like me) 😉

    good luck writing!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 5, 2010, 7:16 pm

    I could totally eat this as an entree. I love sweet and fruity fruity dinners!

  • faith @ gracefulfitness December 5, 2010, 7:19 pm

    Reduced apple juice?! What an excellent idea! Thanks!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 5, 2010, 7:32 pm

    That is totally up my alley – that looks awesome!

  • christina cadden December 5, 2010, 7:50 pm

    mm, this dish looks so good!

  • Cassidy @ takingmyplace December 5, 2010, 8:00 pm

    That looks awesome- kind of like a ‘beefed up’ rice pudding. And it could easily be made vegan! Yum.

  • Theodora December 5, 2010, 8:07 pm

    374 degrees? 375 is too hot? 😉

  • Lana December 5, 2010, 8:22 pm

    I love how different this recipe is! How on earth did you come up with this?!? mmm….

  • Erika @ FoodFitnessFun December 5, 2010, 8:54 pm

    Never thought that apples and rice would work well, but I guess it does! This looks great! 🙂

  • Joanna @ Drizzle of Sunshine December 5, 2010, 9:12 pm

    I wish your blog post had scratch and sniff! Looks great! Good luck on your writing today!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef December 5, 2010, 10:17 pm

    sounds great!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 5, 2010, 11:19 pm

    I love sweet entrees. This is right up my alley!

  • Shell December 6, 2010, 12:00 am

    Holy yum!! i think i know what im making for sweets tonight, mmmmm 🙂 i love me some rice pudding

  • Laura (Starloz) December 6, 2010, 2:43 am

    this is an incredible recipe

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) December 6, 2010, 7:51 am

    I love the reduction! It sounds awesome.

    And tis the season for baked apples and things like that. I can’t wait to try making this.:D

  • Traci December 6, 2010, 8:31 am

    I love sweet rice dishes 🙂 This looks fab!

  • Amber K December 6, 2010, 12:17 pm

    I’m not a fan of sweet dinner or sweet rice combinations, but it looks beautiful!

  • Lisa December 6, 2010, 5:42 pm

    Oooh this recipe looks awesome! I’d definitely enjoy eating that!

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