Make Your Own Brown Rice Flour in the VitaMix

Store bought Brown Rice Flour & White Rice Flour is relatively expensive when compared to buying Whole Grain Rice.  Plus, there’s nothing fresher and more nutrient rich than grinding grains yourself.  With the VitaMix, you can make Fresh Organic Brown Rice Flour in less than 60 seconds from Whole Brown, White or Multi Grain Rice !!

Rice Flours are also perfect for those following a Gluten Free diet and it makes an excellent Gluten Free Flour alternative!

Here’s a quick video tutorial & recipe on how to do it.

The special tools & ingredients featured in this recipe are:


If you don’t already have a VitaMix, I strongly encourage you to check out what this machine is capable of! For more information about VitaMix you can go directly to the VitaMix website. For free shipping, be sure to use: Coupon Code: 06-004166

If you have the Living Cookbook software, you can import the free recipe file by cutting and pasting it right into your program.

Fresh Rice Flour in the VitaMix

All ingredients I used in the video were Organic.



  1. The VitaMix is powerful!  Grinding grains can cause the grains to heat up… so consider putting your Rice Grains into the Freezer for about 15-30 minutes before blending to avoid overheating the flour.
  2. Place the Whole Grain Rice into the VitaMix – The VitaMix 32 Ounce Dry Blade Container works the best, but you can use the VitaMix Standard Wet Blade Container… just be sure it is completely dry (inside & out) before using.
  3. Starting at Variable Speed 1, Working your way quickly to Variable Sped 10, and on to High.
  4. After you start to see the Rice crush into flour, stop the VitaMix and give the Rice a quick stir with the blunt edge of a knife or spatula. This will make sure that everything is blended evenly.
  5. Repeat the blending steps again, until you see the Rice Flour smooth and evenly ground inside the container.
  6. Let the Rice Flour cool before storing it in an airtight container.

Yields: Approximately 3/4 Cup of Brown Rice Flour

Preparation & Cooking Time: 15 Minutes Freezing & Approx. 2 Minutes for Prep/Blend.

Feel free to send me any questions or comments you may have!

~ Enjoy!


    • says

      Aloha Besty!

      I typically use an organic Long Grain Brown Rice, but you should be able to use any color or variety. However, the shorter grains can take longer to turn into flour and sometimes don’t grind as consistently, so I’d stick with the long grain. Hope that helps!

      God Bless!
      ~ Erika

  1. jenny says

    when i made this it was still super grainy, is that normal? also how long did it take you to make it? also what is the watt of your vitamix?

    • says

      Hi Jenny!

      It isn’t uncommon for it to turn out grainy if you put too much in the blender at one time or if you don’t grind them long enough. You can also try stopping mid-blend to stir the grains up to help make the flour smoother… but the whole process shouldn’t take more than 60 seconds or so. Don’t forget to freeze the grains for about a 1/2 hour prior to blending so they don’t overheat. I also use my dry blade container which may also make a difference. Hope that helps. =)

      God Bless!

  2. Barbara says

    Hi Erika, Thanks so much for posting the video. Once the brown rice is made into flour, can it be used cup for cup as all purpose flour in baking recipes?

    • says

      Hi Barbara… Thanks for the comment!

      You’re question is a good one! Generally speaking Brown Rice flour alone cannot be used as a cup for cup replacement for all purpose flour – due to the lack of gluten. However, some recipes can be modified and can use a combination of gluten free flours & xanthan gum 1 for 1.

      I’ve got a recipe for an all purpose gluten free flour coming up in the next couple of weeks where I hope to cover this topic more and offer recipes in the future that use this alternative flour in baked goods, pot pies & more, so stay tuned! =)

      God Bless!

  3. christy says

    Hi Erika,

    I’m new to all this and so lost. I don’t have a vitamix yet but it’s on my list. Once I get it can I trade out the bobs flour in your recipe to this? Its so much cheaper to grind it yourself. Then all you have to buy is the tapioca and gum. I tried a few recipies (not yours) with coconut flour and almond meal and I have to be honest they both were really really bad. I thought if I have to have something like that I’d rather just not have it at all. I have several old family recipes however that I’d like to still be able to make one of which is banana bread. I’m going to try your mixture and see if the banana bread comes out okay with it.

    Thanks for the site, Christy.

    • says

      Hi Christy,

      I know how you feel, but don’t despair, it will get easier! The adjustment to Gluten Free cooking was very hard for me because I love baking and nothing would turn out the same. Over time, you realize that there are some things you can duplicate, and others that have to be worked around. Depending on your family recipes, you may need to make slight modifications in the eggs or baking powder for it to rise well – but not all recipes need modification. I’d love to hear how it turns out, so keep me posted! =)

      Although a VitaMix is a wonderful kitchen tool to have (my all time favorite), you can still find good Rice Flours for reasonable prices on Plus, for baked goods, the smooth texture of professionally stone ground grains is hard to beat. Once you can afford the VitaMix, I think it will open up a whole new world in cooking – even beyond gluten free.

      God Bless!
      ~ Erika

  4. says

    I was wondering what Vitamix you recommend? I am researching them and trying to save money for one but I don’t know exactly what one I would need. Also, do you use the dry ingredient container in your vitamix?

    • says

      Hi Genna!

      My favorite model of the VitaMix is the 5200 – I think it’s the best all-around model with the best features & control over blending. I use my dry blade/container regularly, and it works beautifully for grinding grains, nuts, seeds, coffee, bread crumbs, etc… But if you don’t plan on doing this often, then the wet container alone will work fine. Hope that helps! =)

      God Bless!

  5. Matt says

    I am close to getting a Vitamix, but can’t figure out how much brown rice flour can you make before the Vitamix needs time to cool down? I am currently making 4.5 lb batches of gf flour mix which takes 9C of rice flour (3lbs). I don’t mind doing multiple batches of flour as long as I can do it all in one shot.

    • says

      Hi Matt!

      If you are wanting to make that much Brown Rice Flour in one setting, I don’t suggest you using the Vitamix for this. The Vitamix does a great job with small batches of flour (about 1 cup at a time), but it will need time to cool/rest between batches so you don’t overheat the grains or the machine. For serious grain grinding, I recommend an actual grain mill like the NutriMill Grain Mill. You might also consider buying the flour already ground… there are many bulk options directly from Bob’s Red Mill and others.

      Hope that helps! =) God Bless!
      ~ Erika

  6. says

    What you failed to mention (or maybe I missed it) was that if you use the wet blade to grind grains you’ll mar the bottom 3 inches of your vitamix container.

  7. debora cadene says

    Hi Erica…thank you for this post. I have the vitamix as well, as both the containers. I’d like to make Almond flour, but am wondering if I can do it with the raw almonds in the dry container, or do I have to make almond milk first, then use the almond meal.

    thank you for any help you can offer.
    Debbie Cadene.

  8. Diana says

    The first time I tried this, I made cookies and they were crunchy. How long did you let the rice run? I’m hoping I just didn’t run it long enough. Thank you.

  9. jenny says

    Thank you for the tip.
    Can I wash the rice before I grind it in the vitamix ? I think it’s supposed to be dry but how do I wash the rice then ?


    • says

      Hi Jenny! No, you wouldn’t want to grind wet rice – However, if you want to wash it or sprout it before grinding, you must dehydrate it again until it is completely dry. Hope that helps – God Bless! ~Erika

  10. Julie says

    Thanks for the instructions! I just noticed the last comment about drying sprouted rice. I have not looked into this yet, but what the benefits or negatives over sprouted rice? And do you wash & dry your white rice?

    • says

      Hi Julie! Sprouted rice is not only more nutritious, but makes the rice easily digestible. However, only whole grain rice can be sprouted (not the white kind from the store) & it can be a bit more expensive & time consuming. For steaming rice, I always rinse my rice (any kind) before cooking it. But if you do that to make flour, you will have to dry/dehydrated it again before blending. Hope that helps! =) God Bless! ~Erika

  11. Jeannie Williams says

    I do not have the smaller blender to grind up the rice.. so can I use the bigger normal blender and do you blend longer with the bigger blender? I know you said you can use it the bigger one, but I need to know how long. I thank you for informing us to freeze the rice first.. that makes alot of sense with the rice producing alot of heat. I tried to make white rice flour to make cookies for christmas, but it did not grind it fine.. but I might have used too much rice.. I hope to learn more so I can make bread.


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