Brown Rice Energy Bites

Brown Rice Energy Bites

Brown rice is a delicious, naturally nutty whole-grain that is simple to prepare in large batches. It can be a great base for many Phase 2 savory dishes – especially recipes that have extra sauce or dressing that can be absorbed by the rice. Surprisingly, brown rice can also pair especially well in sweeter applications – offering a warming, nutty flavour to compliment a sweeter treat. Cooked brown rice can work well in rice puddings, and can be substituted for rolled oats in cookies, energy bites, and even fruit crumbles/crisps. This recipe by Chef Kenzie uses cooked brown rice in place of refined rolled oats to boost the overall nutritional quality and add a unique flavor and texture that’s sure to WOW your taste buds!

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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.

Ingredient Upgrade

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!

Looking for More Quick-and-Easy Recipe Ideas?

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Brown rice energy bites

Brown Rice Energy Bites

Chef Kenzie
Chef Kenzie's energy bites use brown rice in place of rolled oats to boost nutritional quality and add a unique flavor that'll WOW your taste buds!
Prep Time 5 mins
Chilling Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 12 Energy Bites

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 ounces dark chocolate (75% or greater), melted
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter, melted or softened
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice long-grain, basmati, jasmine, or red rice work best

Instructions
 

  • Mix together all ingredients until combined.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to scoop the batter into 12 mini muffin tins. TIP: Use a silicone mini muffin tin for easy removal after chilling.
  • Chill for 10-15 minutes, until the chocolate has set (the bites should be soft, but should hold their shape easily)
  • Store in an air tight container in the fridge for 1 week.

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Notes

Nutrition (Per One Energy Bite)

Fat: 9g
Carbohydrates: 8g
Protein: 3g
Calories: 130

Nutrition (Per One Energy Bite - Protein Powder Variation)

Add about 8 scoops of collagen protein powder to the recipe (equivalent to 72 grams of protein) and 3-5 tbsp milk (so the batter isn't too thick from the protein powder). 
Fat: 9g
Carbohydrates: 8g
Protein: 9g
Calories: 160

Nutrition (Full Phase 2 Breakfast)

Mix together 2 energy bites with 1 cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt and 1/2 cup berries. **This recipe is P1 ratios with P2 ingredients.
Fat: 51%
Carbohydrates: 27%
Protein: 22%
Calories: 550
Keyword Dairy-Free, Quick and Easy, Slow Carbohydrates

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