Easy 2-ingredient brown rice chips that are light, crispy and delicious! Made with cooked brown rice and flaxseed meal, these baked chips are oil-free, vegan, gluten-free, and can be flavored in multiple ways!
Make Chips from Leftover Brown Rice
Humility aside, these chips are a wee bit amazing.
I have contemplated making chips or crackers from cooked brown rice for awhile. What can I say, I hate to throw away perfectly good food.
I finally got around to consulting my semi-legible scratchings about the topic. I had no leftover brown rice on hand, so I cooked and cooled a mountainous new batch and set to work experimenting.
My first few attempts were grim. Results teetered between leathery and tooth-breaking. My husband and son looked on (and then away) in horror.
I kept at it, and finally, after making what I thought was a mistake (adding too much water), I came up with a stellar result. The chips are crispy-crunchy (and remain so for up to 2 weeks!), delicious, and super-easy to make, too. They even got the green light from husband and son.
My easy 2-ingredient brown rice chips are:
- Made with 2 ingredients (plus water & optional salt)
- Baked, not fried
- Vegan (egg-free & dairy-free)
- Mixed in the blender or food processor (in seconds)
- Frugal (make that super-duper cheap)
- Made without rolling (simply spread the batter)
- Customizable (add in, or top with, extra ingredients)
Ingredients for the Easy 2-Ingredient Brown Rice Chips
The exact amounts of each ingredient are indicated in the recipe card at the end of the post.
To make the chips, you will need:
- Cooked and cooled brown rice
- Flaxseed meal
You will also need regular tap water. I recommend adding salt, as well (I have specific amount recommendations in the recipe card, below), but it is entirely optional/adjustable.
Any variety of cooked brown rice (short-, medium-, or long-grain, brown basmati, brown jasmine, etc.) will work in the recipe. Use what you have and/or prefer. I have guidelines in the recipe for how much to cook, if starting with uncooked brown rice.
I prefer the mild flavor of golden flaxseed meal, but the common variety (which is darker) will work just as well.
You can flavor the chips in many ways. Suggestions follow in the FAQ section at the end of the post.
Step by Step Instructions
Making these chips could not be simpler. This is how to do it.
Step One: Preheat the Oven & Prep Baking Sheets
Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Lightly spray two large, rimmed baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray. If you do not have cooking spray, lightly rub the pan with a bit of neutral cooking oil.
The large baking sheets I use (day in and day out) are standard half sheet pans, which are heavy pans measuring 18 x 13 inches (45 x 32.5 cm).
If your baking sheets are smaller than a half sheet pan, I recommend dividing the batter into additional smaller metal pans (e.g., cake pans, square pans). The batter should be spread relatively thin, but enough to coat.
Step Two: Blend the Batter
In a blender or food processor, blend the cooked and cooled brown rice, water, flaxseed meal, and optional salt until smooth. Stop to scrape down the sides of the container once or twice to ensure that any stray bits get incorporated.
The results will resemble a thick muffin batter. Unlike a flour-based batter, it will look watery in patches (as seen in the photo below).
Step Three: Spread the Batter
Pour half of the brown rice chips batter onto each of the prepared baking sheets.
Use a spatula to spread the batter into even layers that cover almost all of each baking sheet.
An offset spatula works especially well for spreading the batter. If you have one, use it. Otherwise, a regular silicone spatula, or even the back of a large spoon, will work fine.
Step Four: Bake the Chips
Bake the chips in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes. I know, it sounds like a long while, but the very wet batter + the long bake is the secret to the success of thee chips.
As the batter bakes and dries out, light, crispy, lacy chips are formed (chip magic?). The chips (really, one giant chip on each baking sheet at this point) pull up and away from the baking sheet as the water evaporates.
The chips should look completely dry and golden brown.
Turn off the oven and leave the chips in the oven for another 30 minutes.
Step Five: Cool Chips & Break into Pieces
Remove the baking sheets from the oven. Leave the chips on their baking sheets until completely cooled.
Lastly, break the chips into chip-size pieces.
And just like that, you have a heap of delicious, crispy, crunchy, light and airy chips. The photo below is merely a mini sampling of the total bounty:
Taste & Texture of Easy 2-Ingredient Brown Rice Chips
The chips have a mild, toasted, whole grain flavor. They are eminently munch-worthy. Delicious plain, the chips are also a blank slate for adding in an assortment of flavors (see my suggestions in the FAQ section below).
The texture is, as mentioned (sorry, too many times?) light and crispy. Substantial, too. The chips are not crumbly, in the least, and stand up to dipping.
I think you are destined to love these as much I do!
How Much Raw Brown Rice Do I Need to Cook?
You will need to cook 1 and 1/2 cups of raw brown rice to equal the amount needed for this recipe.
Cooking times vary depending (significantly) depending on the variety of brown rice (i.e., short, medium, or long grain). Long grain rice varieties will take the shortest amount of time to cook. Follow the directions on the bag or box for the exact cooking time.
How Should the Easy 2-Ingredient Brown Rice Chips be Stored?
Store the cooled chips in an airtight container at cool room temperature for 2 weeks. I do not recommend freezing the chips.
Can I Flavor the Brown Rice Chips?
(1) Add Herbs & Spices to the Batter
Whisk your favorite herbs or spices directly into the batter. About 2 to 3 teaspoons for most dried herbs and spices, for this quantity of batter, is a good general guesstimate.
Fresh chopped herbs can also be added to the batter. Add up to 1/4 cup of mild herbs, such as parsley, cilantro, or basil. For stronger herbs, such as rosemary, oregano or thyme, add 3 to 4 teaspoons maximum.
Garlic powder and onion powder are easy, delicious additions, as well.
(2) Add Cheese-y flavor
(3) Flavor with Liquids and Pastes
Consider adding wet flavor enhancers, as well. For example:
- Hot sauce
- Curry paste
- Tomato paste
- Tomato juice (in place of the water)
- Wasabi paste
(4) Sprinkle with Flavorful Toppings
You can also sprinkle toppings directly onto the chip batter after it has been spread out on the baking sheet. Some ideas include:
- Seeds (e.g., sesame, poppy, sunflower)
- Finely chopped nuts
- Chopped dried onion
- Everything bagel topping
- Flaky sea salt
- Cracked black pepper
Can I Add Oil to the Chips?
Yes. The chips are already super-crispy, but if you wish to add oil to the chips, simply replace some of the water with the oil of your choice (e.g., olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil). For every tablespoon of oil, reduce the water by 1 tablespoon.
Can I Use A Different Grain (other than Brown Rice)?
I am confident that you can make the chips with other varieties of rice (e.g., white rice, red rice, black rice).
I am not sure if this recipe will work with other grains. have not tried the recipe with any other grains at this point, so subbing in a different cooked grain would be an experiment. You may want to try a mix of brown rice and another grain before trying to replace all of the brown rice.