50+ Rice Cake Toppings for a Healthy Snack Win

What’s the difference between brown and white rice?

Brown rice has an outer layer called the husk, hull, or bran, and it’s responsible for the tan color, chewier texture, and nutty flavor. White rice started out brown, but has gone through a milling process that removes the bran. It’s milder in taste, softer, and easier to digest.

Almost every variety of rice (like basmati, jasmine, and American long-grain) comes in brown or white—the only difference is that outer layer.

Lentils + Plain Yogurt

Ultra cheap to make (and extra satisfying!), this easy combination creates a quick Indian-inspired dinner. Top cooked rice with a scoop of cooked lentils and a dollop of plain yogurt. When it comes to choosing lentil varieties, go with brown lentils if you want them to stay firm or opt for red lentils to create a creamier dish. Be sure to cook the lentils in a flavorful broth to create a tasty addition to your rice. 


Appetizers Using Rice Cakes

When I get home from work, I usually have a snack. By keeping rice cakes handy, I can conjure up something delicious. Here are some of my favorites.

12. Tapenade

13. Salmon Spread

14. Smoked Salmon

15. Cream Cheese and Chives

16. Pesto

17. Veggie Spread

18. White Bean Dip

19. Canned Bean Dip

20. Hummus 

21. Pimento Cheese

22. Canned Cheese

23. Artichoke Dip

24. Pears, Spinach, and Bleu Cheese

25. Avocado, Salsa, and Cilantro

26. Cottage Cheese

27. Chopped Avocado Salad

28. Sliced Avocados or Guacamole

Beans + Salsa + Avocado

Move aside, Chipotle. All you need to make a delicious one-bowl dinner is cooked rice, a drained can of beans (we love pinto or black beans here), a scoop of salsa, and a ripe avocado. Change things up by using unique salsa flavors like roasted corn or spicy tomatillo. 

Are rice cakes preferred for any special diets?

Rice cakes are gluten-free, so they are ideal for those battling celiac disease, someone that has another form of gluten intolerance, or anyone who simply aims to avoid gluten in their diet.

One study found that rice and rice cakes have a high glycemic index between 64 and 93 (source), so rice cakes may raise your blood sugar.

Additionally, creating a calorie deficit is the only way to lose unhealthy body fat. Because rice cakes are low-calorie, they are often an easy choice for dieters.

Still, even if you’re not dieting, these cakes make it easy to whip up a quick treat or an on-the-go snack.


Skip the carbs w. these delicious and satisfying rice cake toppings and meal ideas. Topped with protein and totally delicious.

Course Breakfast, Lunch, Snack Cuisine American

Keyword healthy, snacks

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time minutes

Total Time 5 minutes

Servings 1


Greek Yogurt + Granola

  • ¼ cup greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoon granola
  • 2 teaspoon honey optional
  • dried cranberries optional

Avocado + Chili Flakes

  • ½ small avocado diced
  • pinch chili flakes
  • salt + pepper to taste

Hummus, Cucumber, + Everything Seasoning

Tuna w. Spinach + Lemon ⅓ cup tuna made to taste small handful of raw spinach leaves 1 teaspoon lemon zest salt + pepper to taste


Layer Ingredients on rice cakes). Ingredients can be made and measured ahead of time. Assemble just before eating for freshest flavors!

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Are rice cakes healthy?

That boils down to your definition of healthy, but, for the most part, they are not bad for you. The following list shows breaks down the stats of a typical plain rice cake flavored with sea salt:

  • Calories: 35 calories per cake
  • Fat: 0 grams of fat per cake
  • Carbohydrates: 7 grams of carbohydrates per cake
  • Protein: 1 gram of protein per cake
  • Fiber: 0 grams of fiber per cake
  • Ingredients: whole grain brown rice, salt

The flavored rice cake options may have higher calories, but, according to the Quaker Oats website, all rice cakes options have less than 60 calories.

Note that unsalted versions of rice cakes are available, as well, if you’re avoiding salt.

As noted below, rice and rice cakes generally have a high glycemic load, which may not be preferred for those with blood sugar illnesses.

Overall, rice cakes do seem to be a healthy snack, in moderation.


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