Some rather expensive ingredients that we buy are actually quite easy to make, and this Brown Rice Flour is the perfect example. I haven’t done any other flours, but seeing how easy this was has me wanting to experiment with more. Some of my other informational posts and tutorials are about Fonio, Cumin Substitutes, and What Vegans Can Eat.

Is Brown Rice Flour Gluten-Free?

Brown rice flour is made completely from brown rice. While rice is a grain, it is not wheat or related to it, meaning those with gluten sensitivities should be able to eat recipes made with brown rice flour without any problems.

If you buy commercially and the mill where it is produced also produces wheat products, you may run into issues if you are especially sensitive. If you cannot find certified gluten-free brown rice flour or if it is too expensive, then this is also the perfect recipe for you.

What Can I Make With Brown Rice Flour?

I use brown rice flour for most of my gluten-free cooking and baking. You will probably find that it is one of the easiest and most commonly found wheat flour substitutes. I have made cakes, cookies, breads, gravies, pancakes, etc.

Some recipes will use all brown rice flour, some will use a mix of different gluten free flours. You will see that there are textural differences, so your desired end result will affect which combination of flours you’ll want to use.

Health Benefits of Rice

Rice is a staple food for nearly every culture. Everyone can usually think of a particular rice dish that was commonly made by their families to accompany meals or for special occasions. 

The reason why it is a great staple food is that it is high in carbohydrates. Carbs are demonized in our society now, but our ancestors found them to be an essential source of energy.

Our bodies need carbohydrates to function, and they are usually the easiest and cheapest food sources. Entire civilizations would go through famine and many would die because the staple crop failed, and they could not survive off of other foods.

Brown rice is the original grain when it has not been processed by having the bran and germ removed. These parts, combined with the endosperm, are what make brown rice a good energy source. This is because not only does it contain carbohydrates, it also has fiber, vitamins, and minerals. 

How To Make Brown Rice Flour

Prepare Brown Rice

  1. Wash your brown rice to remove dirt. I love to wash mine in a large fine-mesh strainer.
  2. Shake off excess water, using a clean towel or paper towel, pat the washed rice to remove most excess water. 
  3. Spread rice on a baking sheet and dextrinize rice in a preheated oven at 300 degrees for 30 minutes, turning halfway. 
  4. Remove from the oven and allow the rice to cool completely.
  5. make sure your cups of rice and your blender are as dry as possible. If I hand washed my blender, I like to wipe it dry and let it air dry as well.

Make Brown Rice Flour

  1. Place the rice into the blender and process. I have a Blend-tec, which is my favorite blender because it can process the most difficult mixtures in one or two minutes. It makes smooth flours and sauces with ease.
  2. If you do not have a high-powered blender, you will need to blend in one-minute increments and strain the rice fragments out in between blending.
  3. Make sure to let your blender sit for a couple of minutes and cool down between blending, so you do not burn out your motor. Use this time to stir up the rice or strain it.
  4. Once it is in a fine flour-like consistency, pour into a dry airtight container and seal tightly. Store in a cool dark place like a cupboard or pantry for two weeks, in the refrigerator for 3-6 months, and in the freezer for about a year.

The shelf life of brown rice flour in the pantry is indefinite and is majorly affected by the humidity in your house. Brown rice has natural oils that can quickly go rancid. This is why I say only two weeks, you would have to experiment to see what works for you.

Brown rice in blender for making brown rice flour

However, I would hate for your recipes to be ruined with rancid flour, so do refrigerate or freeze it if you can. Since the flour is dry, it doesn’t require thawing for use.

Can Brown Rice Flour Be Substituted With White Rice Flour?

As I mentioned before, white rice is rice that has had the bran and germ removed. For the flour, this results in a finer consistency and less of a nutty flavor.

If you are making bread and cookies, go with brown rice flour, but for cakes or anything you’d like a lighter texture for, use white rice flour. 

You can use this method to make white rice flour, just replace it with organic white long-grain, jasmine, or basmati rice.

Brown Rice Flour Substitute?

It is important to note that no two gluten-free flours are alike, and none of them are a one-to-one exact replacement for wheat flour. Most recipes, especially for cookies, cakes, and bread, use a mixture of flours with different textures and properties to achieve the desired result.

As I mentioned above, white rice flour is quite similar to brown rice flour in texture, but just a bit lighter, so especially in baking you should be able to use it as a replacement.

Almond, oat, tapioca, sorghum, and potato flours are what are most commonly found in gluten-free cooking and baking, and they all have wildly different effects on the dough. You’ll have to follow a recipe or experiment with mixtures to get the desired end result.

Glutinous Rice Flour or Sweet Rice Flour

Glutinous and sweet rice flour is the same, and is made with “sticky rice”, the Japanese rice variety usually found in sushi. It is also used to make mochi, a sticky Japanese dessert.

This flour, while still being an amazing addition to any gluten-free pantry, is not the same as brown or white rice flour. Your dough will be sticky and almost pasty inconsistency.

Glutinous rice flour is more similar to tapioca starch or arrowroot. You can usually find it in an Asian grocery store.

Where To Buy Brown Rice Flour?

I have found brown rice flour in Walmart, other supermarkets, and health food stores because it is becoming more and more common. You can also purchase brown rice flour on Amazon here.

Brown Rice Flour Recipes:

Carrot Cake

Peach Cobbler

Zucchini Bread

How To Cook Brown Jasmine Rice

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Nutrition

(Per serving)
  • Energy: 172 kcal / 719 kJ
  • Fat: 1.3 g
  • Protein: 3.6 g
  • Carbs: 36.2 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 45 min
  • Cooking: 40 min
  • Ready in: 1 h 25 min
  • For:
  • 8 Servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Make sure your cups of rice and your blender are as dry as possible. If I hand washed my blender, I like to wipe it dry and let it air dry as well.
  2. Place the rice into the blender and process. I have a Blend-tec, which is my favorite blender because it can process the most difficult mixtures in one or two minutes. It makes smooth flours and sauces with ease.
  3. If you do not have a high-powered blender, you will need to blend in one minute increments and possibly strain the rice fragments out in between blending.
  4. Make sure to let your blender sit for a couple minutes and cool down between blending, so you do not burn out your motor. Use this time to stir up the rice or strain it.
  5. Once it is in a fine flour like consistency, pour into a dry airtight container and seal tightly. Store in a cool dark place like a cupboard or pantry for two weeks, in the refrigerator for 3-6 months, and in the freezer for about a year.
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Dev Marie

Hi there, I’m Dev, a Jersey girl now residing in Florida, and a first generation Jamaican immigrant. As a passionate foodie adventurist, I love to create comfort dishes using exotic ingredients from all over the world.