I’m always amazed at the list of things my Vitamix can do. We all know it makes the best smoothies & frozen desserts.. Some of you may even know that it can make hot soup. But, not many people know that you can make your own Flours, Powdered Sugars, Flax Meal, Ground Coffee & Nut Butters, all with a Vitamix!
In this Video, I demonstrate How To Make Your Own Rice Flour in the Vitamix, in less than 60 seconds from Whole Grain Brown, White or even Sprouted Rice.
Rice Flours are great for those following a Gluten Free diet. Please note that although the Vitamix can make Rice Flour suitable for cooking, it may not be as ‘superfine’ as you might find from commercial flours such as Bob’s Red Mill.
If you don’t already have a Vitamix, I strongly encourage you to check out what this machine is capable of!
The Tools & Ingredients Used in this Recipe:
How to Make Your Own Rice Flour in the VitaMix
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 2 mins
- Total Time: 12 minutes
- Yield: 3/4 Cup 1x
- Category: Baked Goods
- Cuisine: Gluten Free
Your Vitamix can do much more than make smoothies… It can also make Flours out of Whole Grains. Here’s How to Make Your Own Rice Flour in the Vitamix with Video Tutorial.
- 1/2 Cup Brown, White or Multi Grain Rice
- The Vitamix is powerful! Grinding grains can cause the grains to heat up… For best results, put your Rice Grains into the Freezer for about 15-30 minutes before blending to avoid overheating the flour.
- 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.
- Starting at Variable Speed 1, Working your way quickly to Variable Sped 10, and on to High.
- 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.
- Repeat the blending steps again, until you see the Rice Flour smooth and evenly ground inside the container.
- Let the Rice Flour cool before storing it in an airtight container.
Do NOT grind wet/soaked rice without making sure it is completely dry unless you plan to use it immediately after grinding.
- Serving Size: 1 Cup
- Calories: 575
What brown rice do you use? I have a vitamix and want to try making my own gluten free flour blends. Thanks!
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!
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?
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. =)
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?
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! =)
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.
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 Amazon.com. 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.
I get rice, tapioca, and other gluten free flour inexpensively in Asian markets. The smaller quantities allow me to try different foods in different recipes.
Also, I bought my Vitamix on FB Marketplace, it was a great deal: wet and dry containers, 2 smoothie cups and all accessories for less than $300 total. They bought a newer model, my gain!
Have fun experimenting,
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?
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! =)
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.
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!
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.
Yep I made flour ONCE and now I have a cloudy vitamix container. Sure, the plastic is BPA free but it’s clear AND plastic. If it doesn’t have BPA, it has another type of “BP”. I’m returning my vitamix to Costco because Vitamix sent me an email basically saying “DUH! Of course the container will get ruined if you make flour…”
I wasn’t impressed by the vitamix and that was the last thing to kick off my return.
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.
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.
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 ?
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
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?
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
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.
I was wondering exactly the same thing as Jeannie but there is no reply. I’ve an older Vita Mix and am wondering if a “Dry Ingredient container” is available for the older models?
I’m appreciative to have found you Erika. I just returned from Whole Foods in the hopes of finding some White Rice as well as Sweet Rice flours. I’ve been experimenting with Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies and saw a recipe that might be worth a try using those ingredients as well as a bit of Xanthan Gum.
Will my Vita Mix ground it fine enough? Can I regrind it after letting it cool in between to make sure it’s fine enough?
Thanks for all the info and your reply!
Can you use a food processor to grind the rice
Hi Carolyn, Unfortunately a food processor won’t grind the rice fine enough to use as a flour. Only a grain mill or a high powered blender like the Vitamix can. If you are planning to grind all of your flours, I highly recommend a grain mill (like this one by Nutri Mill). Hope that helps. =) God Bless! ~Erika
HI, do you wash the rice first, then dry and blend? Great simple video!
Can I use a 48 ounce Vitamix blender for this recipe?
I want to buy vitamix blender but I want to know the one that is very good and will last long
Good article . The way how you explain this strategies. Is very professional.
The Recepie is made perfect i tried it at home. Thanks for sharing wonderful recepie
Excellent and money saving!
I’m gluten sensitive so this too changed my life! I’ll always have rice flour on hand now. Thanks!
Have you ever used gluten free flour? I can’t have wheat!! Thanks