Can I use brown rice flour and white rice flour interchangeably?
It depends on what you are making. I have found that substituting brown rice flour for white rice flour is kind of like subbing whole wheat flour for white flour. The brown variety of rice flour is denser and has a deeper, nuttier taste, while rice flour has a very light texture and neutral flavor. When baking a recipe with brown rice flour, I typically need to add a little more egg or liquid to account for the extra texture that brown rice flour adds. If you are into experimenting, then go for it…otherwise I would just stick with the type of flour (brown or white) that the recipe calls for.
*Another thing I want to mention is the importance of measuring! Really make sure you properly measure the rice flour when using it in a recipe. I have had a couple of instances where I was off by just a little and it totally ruined the recipe.
Can I use rice flour as a 1 to 1 substitute for wheat flour in a recipe?
Much like baking with other gluten free flours, I have not had success while subbing rice flour for traditional wheat flour. Batter made with rice flour are a bit more sticky and rice flour is more absorbent than wheat flour, so I recommend following a recipe developed for rice flour to get the best results!
Can I use rice flour as a 1 to 1 substitute for coconut flour or almond flour in a recipe?
No! Rice flour is so different from coconut flour and almond flour, I would recommend sticking with a recipe developed for rice flour to get the best end product 🙂
What does it taste like?
White rice flour has a very neutral flavor that tastes like whatever you are trying to make it taste like. For example, if you bake cookies (I’ve got a delicious recipe for ya down below!) they will taste like cookies. That is, unless the proportions were off somehow!
Brown rice flour has a deeper, earthier, nuttier flavor (much like brown rice compared to white rice). While I think it tastes good when baked up in a sweet treat, it does have a little bit of that “healthy” flavor some people don’t prefer.
How do you store rice flour?
I store my rice flour in a sealed container. Keeping it sealed helps to maintain the shelf life.
Why should I bake with rice flour?
Rice flour is higher in fiber than traditional all purpose flour, but aside from that the nutritional profile is very similar. The major difference is that rice flour is gluten free, which makes it friendly to those suffering from celiac disease, non-celiac gluten-intolerance, and living a gluten-free life. This flour is also low in FODMAPs. Rice flour can be used in many of the same ways that traditional all-purpose flour is used (breads, cookies, thickening sauces, muffins, brownies, pancakes, etc).
Where can I purchase rice flour?
I would imagine that you can purchase rice flour at a health food store like Whole Foods or Sprouts, but I typically purchase mine online at NOW Foods, iherb, or Swanson Vitamins.
What are some of your favorite recipes using rice flour?
While I haven’t tried a TON of recipes with rice flour, these are the few I have tried and absolutely adored.