We’ve explored the different ways we can use gluten-free flours in your kitchen, like all the sweet and savory food Take Your Gluten-Free Baking to the Next Level With 15 Vegan Recipes You Can Make Using Coconut Flour and 15 Vegan and Gluten-Free Desserts You Won’t Believe Are Made Using Almond Flour, but there are so many more types of flours out there. There are flours made from grains, flours made from nuts, and grain-free flours that are made from neither. If you’re new to the world of gluten-free flours, it can be tricky figuring out what flour to use when.
White rice flour is one of the most commonly used gluten-free flours out there. Because it’s so light, it gives baked goods a texture similar to store-bought gluten-free flour blends, making it great for use in baked goods (when blended with other flours) and for giving vegetables a light and crisp texture. Brown rice flour, on the other hand, is denser and nuttier, so it’s best to use it in combination with other flours in both sweet or savory recipes. Of course, both can be used as binding agents in foods like veggie burgers, loafs, and desserts.
Rice flour has so many uses and if you’re new to it, then we’re here to show you the best recipes to try it out. Here are 15 vegan recipes that use rice flour!
1. Veggie Roast
This Veggie Roast is a great entrée for any occasion or just for anyone looking for something tasty to eat. Traditional seitan uses vital wheat gluten for a hearty and protein-rich meat substitute, but this version relies on gluten-free flours like rice flour and beans to create an alternative for those trying to keep gluten out of their diets.
2. Simple Bean Burgers With Paprika Garlic Sauce
A lot of veggie burgers use breadcrumbs to hold everything together, but not these Simple Bean Burgers. They’re made from black and white beans with rice flour for a binder and plenty of herbs and spices for flavor. Crunchy on the outside but dense and “meaty” on the inside, it’s best served with plenty of paprika garlic sauce.
3. Taco Cornmeal Pancakes
You’re probably looking at the title, then looking at the picture, and then asking yourself where the tacos are. Well, no tacos here — just these amazing Taco Cornmeal Pancakes. All the taco fixings stacked and smashed between absolutely delightful spiced thick and firm cornmeal and rice flour pancakes. This is a filling, ridiculously happy meal made with all natural ingredients. Yes and yes!
4. Homemade Spicy Italian Sausage
These Homemade Spicy Italian Sausages are firm enough to hold up on the grill and they’re gluten-free, thanks to brown rice flour! When you cook them, they are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside but not mushy, and filled with spicy, Italian flavor. Using black-eyed peas instead of pintos removed the “beany” taste and provided a neutral background for the spices to shine through. The same recipe can be used with different spice mixes to make breakfast sausages, chorizo sausages, or apple sage sausages. They can be sliced up to use in other recipes or eaten whole on a hero with sautéed peppers and onions. You can shape them into links or patties.
5. Akki Roti
Akki Roti, a popular breakfast item from Karnataka, India, is like a cross between a fritter and a flat bread. It’s made by combining rice flour, onion, and herbs with water, kneading it into a dough, and then frying on a griddle. It’s tasty with chutney or just a slice of melted vegan butter.
6. Spicy Cauliflower Fritters
These Spicy Cauliflower Fritters are bound to become your new weeknight favorite. They’re super quick to make and are deliciously addictive. Seasoned with turmeric and paprika, these fritters definitely have a bite to them! Once you’re done with these, try a different vegetable!
7. Rice and Buckwheat Flour Pizza Crust With Nut-Free Cheese
This Rice and Buckwheat Flour Pizza With Nut-Free Cheese tastes just like what you can get at an Italian restaurant! The crust is slightly crispy, with a soft interior, covered with a savory tomato sauce and creamy cheese made from potatoes. Enjoy this plain, with garlic and onion powder or with any vegetable of your choice.
8. Sun-Dried Tomato and Sweet Potato Burger
This vibrantly-flavored Sun-Dried Tomato and Sweet Potato Burger is seasoned with dried basil, fresh cracked black pepper, and garlic — plus, it has lentils, so it’s packed with protein. It’s savory, filling, zesty, and gluten-free because it uses rice flour. Serve this in burger form with all of your favorite fixings or as a hearty salad topper.
9. Lo Bak Gou: Cantonese Turnip Cake
Turnip cake, also known as radish cake or Lo Bak Gou, is a savory steamed traditional Cantonese snack often found in Chinese dim sum restaurants. Loaded with shredded turnip, steamed and pan fried until crispy golden brown. Garnished with fresh cilantro and served with soy sauce and chili, this turnip cake is a delicious, savory delight!
10. Chocolate Mud Cake
Oooh yeah, Chocolate Mud Cake. Dense and chocolaty, this decadent dessert is made from oat and rice flour, so it’s gluten-free! Serve it with some fresh seasonal fruit and a dollop of chilled coconut cream. So easy to make and so delicious.
11. Sweet Potato Gulab Jamun
A rustic sweet from the Bengali kitchen traditionally made using curds, these dairy-free Sweet Potato Gulab Jamun are a lot like doughnut holes. Made from soft sweet potato and rice flour, they’re stuffed with coconut, fried, and soaked in cardamom-scented syrup. This recipe is great for a vegan variation on gulab jamun.
12. Chocolate Lime Mousse Pie
This light, airy Chocolate Lime Mousse Pie is a must-make The crust is a gluten-free chocolate press-in crust made with brown rice flour and almond flour, coconut oil, and sweetened with maple syrup. The filling is where things start to get different, in a good way. The base is full-fat coconut milk, flavored with lime zest, pink salt, and more maple syrup, and boiled with agar agar. If you haven’t used agar agar before, it’s the ocean’s answer to gelatin. The result is a creamy, citrusy summer pie.
13. Fudgy, Gooey Cake For One
You know those recipes that surprise you? The ones where you go “Nah, that isn’t possible! You can’t take dense flours and unprocessed sugars and make them taste like white flour desserts.” We’re here to tell you, it is possible! This Fudgy, Gooey Cake For One will amaze you with these wholesome ingredients. There are no hydrogenated oils, no butter, no eggs, processed sugars, or flours that will spike your blood sugar. Yet, it still tastes like a moist chocolate cake dessert with the dreamy chocolatey center that you dream about when you picture that molten lava cake.
14. Apple Raspberry Ginger Pie
This delicious Apple Raspberry Ginger Pie has a warm, gooey, spiced, and sugar-free filling that you won’t believe is sugar-free.The filling rests between a flaky gluten-free crust made from rice flour, along with other wheat-free flours. Natural flavors and fragrance from fruits and spices make every bite of this pie an amazing experience — especially when you take it the extra mile and serve it with some banana “nice” cream.
15. Fig Cookies
These Fig Cookies not only taste phenomenal, but they’re also gluten-free! Instead of a soft, flour-based cookie, the filling is surrounded by a cookie made from rice flour and buckwheat groats with chia seeds acting as a binder. The gooey fig filling is sweetened naturally with maple syrup and applesauce, plus stevia to taste. These cookies are sure to disappear in an instant!
Interested in more ways to use rice flour? Head on over to our vegan rice flour recipes!
Lead image source: Spicy Cauliflower Fritters