Brown Rice Energy Bites
We know – brown rice and peanut butter might sound a little unconventional… But the reality? Brown rice is naturally nutty – and the whole grain pairs especially well with the richness of natural peanut butter. Hence why Chef Kenzie developed these delicious (and cute!) energy bites.
Oftentimes, energy bites are prepared using rolled oats – a Phase 3 processed carbohydrate. Try replacing rolled oats in your favorite energy bite recipe with equal parts cooked brown rice. The brown rice will add a nice textural contrast to the energy bite – all while offering a unique nutty flavor, and a slow carbohydrate that will keep you satiated until your next meal.
Together, the combination of brown rice, peanut butter, chocolate, and coconut oil create a satiating snack with 2 primary macronutrients – fat, and slow carbohydrates. If you wanted to add protein to the energy bites, you could mix in a scoop of protein powder. Alternatively, to build a complete Phase 2 meal, you could chop these brown rice energy bites into small pieces and mix into a bowl of Greek Yogurt and berries (see complete recipe below).
The Cure for Boring Leftovers
Tired of the same old boring cooked grains? Here is your solution. Brown Rice Energy Bites are a fantastic way to use leftover brown rice! Next time you cook, make a bit of extra brown rice, then you’ll be sure you have some for this delicious recipe. It’s the cure to being bored with the same old slow carb.
Cooking Brown Rice
Brown rice is easy to cook. Simply add water, bring to a boil, turn to low, cover and simmer for 30 – 45 minutes depending on the type of rice. See our Guide to Cooking Whole Grains in Always Delicious page 333 or Always Hungry? page 317.
We use long-grain brown rice in this recipe, however, you can play with different types of rice. Red rice has an especially nutty flavor that goes well with anything. Jasmine Brown rice adds a nice floral hint.
More Energy Bite Flavor Combinations
Although we love the flavors of peanut butter, chocolate, and coconut oil, you can also experiment with other combinations such as…
- Coconut oil + unsweetened shredded coconut + cinnamon
- Almond butter + orange zest
- Orange extract/zest + dark chocolate + sea salt
Which combination would you try? Comment your ideas below or snap a picture and share in our Facebook Group. We always love to see what you’ve been making!