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6 Unique Rice Cake Topping Ideas

in Desserts, Recipes, Snacks

When you take a peek into my pantry, there are a few things that you will always, always find.

Oatmeal?  Check!
Popcorn?  Check!
Nut butter?  Check!

And one other thing that I am quite fond of…

Rice cakes!

I kid you not.  From the time I moved into my apartment over two years ago, I honestly do not think there has ever been a time when I have not had rice cakes on hand.

Some people think rice cakes are “boring,” or that they are simply a “diet food.”  Not me!  I look at those crunchy, salty treats as the perfect vehicle for some of the best toppings.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  Rice cakes are easily one of the most versatile foods out there!

I love topping my rice cakes with nut butter, and I almost always serve my favorite chickpea/tuna/egg salads on them in place of bread.  Nut butter and salads are pretty traditional rice cake toppings, though.  And while I think those are awesome ways to eat rice cakes, there are tons of creative ways to eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a snack.

Unique Rice Cake Topping Ideas for both meals and snacks! | @ClnEatingVegGrlI have quite a few ideas up my own sleeves, but I thought it would be fun to challenge some of my fellow food bloggers to come up with their own unique rice cake topping ideas.  They did not disappoint!  Following are six rice cake topping ideas that I think will officially convince you to run out to the grocery store to pick up a package!

6 Unique Rice Cake Topping Ideas {Vegetarian}

Unique Rice Cake Topping Ideas for both meals and snacks! | @ClnEatingVegGrlBlueberry Cheesecake Rice Cake by Alex

1 plain rice cake
2 TB ricotta cheese
1/4 cup fresh blueberries
drizzle of honey

Unique Rice Cake Topping Ideas for both meals and snacks! | @ClnEatingVegGrlSour Cream and Onion Mini Rice Cakes by Lindsay

Mini brown rice cake chips (cheddar or sea salt flavor)
A dollop of plain Greek yogurt
Chopped spring green onion
Coconut “bacon” (or tofu/tempeh “bacon” bits)

Unique Rice Cake Topping Ideas for both meals and snacks! | @ClnEatingVegGrlThe Spicy Avocado Rice Cake by Alexis

1 plain brown rice cake
1/4 of a ripe avocado, mashed
sprinkle of red pepper flakes
sprinkle of sea salt
baby kale or arugula to garnish

Unique Rice Cake Topping Ideas for both meals and snacks! | @ClnEatingVegGrlSweet & Savory Rice Cake by Kelly

1 plain rice cake
strawberry jam*
sautéed spinach
fried egg (runny yolk is a must)
sprinkle of salt and pepper

*sub hummus in place of the jam for a completely savory version

Unique Rice Cake Topping Ideas for both meals and snacks! | @ClnEatingVegGrlChunky Monkey Rice Cake by Yours Truly

1 plain brown rice cake
1 heaping TB of your favorite nut butter (I used crunchy almond butter)
banana slices
sea salt potato chips, crumbled
1 tsp cacao nibs

Unique Rice Cake Topping Ideas for both meals and snacks! | @ClnEatingVegGrlTaco-Style Rice Cake by Kim

1 plain rice cake
corn + black beans + brown rice mixed with salsa
fresh cilantro, chopped

*Kim made this snack with leftovers from taco night.  What a perfect way to use ’em up!

Whadya think?  Are you on board with rice cakes now?  If you are not already rice cake obsessed, you should be.

What are your favorite ways to eat rice cakes?
Do you have any creative rice cake topping ideas?

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  • Joanna @Makingmine April 7, 2015, 6:27 am
    YUM! I love rice cakes, but I never think of loading them up with more savory toppings. I usually go for the sweet! These are some great ideas Joanna @Makingmine recently posted...baby prep: ultimate freezer meal weekendMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 7, 2015, 8:44 am
      My favorites are always the sweet AND savory combos, but just sweet or just savory are 100% delicious too. Basically, you can top a rice cake with just about anything and it will taste good ;)
  • Heather @Fit n Cookies April 7, 2015, 6:31 am
    So many awesome ideas. I used to always eat Rice Cakes but have since stopped. I need to add them back in! Heather @Fit n Cookies recently posted...Make It Count Cardio WorkoutMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 7, 2015, 8:46 am
      Yes you sure do need to!! I love how inexpensive they are, and honestly pretty healthy. Of course I normally add tons of slightly less healthy toppings, so it equals out ;)
  • jess O'Neill (Meddows) April 7, 2015, 7:32 am
    That taco style rice cake is such a fantastic idea. I'm alost ALWAYS craving Mexican, and this is such a good way to make it healthy but still have that nice crunch :D jess O'Neill (Meddows) recently posted...Old Dubbo GaolMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 7, 2015, 8:46 am
      Yes!! I love the idea that Kim came up with. It looks so delicious, and I love how easy it sounds to make.
  • Rachel (LittleChefBigAppetite) April 7, 2015, 9:59 am
    These are so creative!!!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 7, 2015, 3:07 pm
      Thank you, Rachel!! I hope you give them a try :)
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul April 7, 2015, 10:07 am
    These are such great ideas! I love rice cakes!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 7, 2015, 12:14 pm
      You and me both, girlie! I hope you try some of them out :)
  • Monica April 7, 2015, 10:21 am
    I guess I'm pretty boring but I like them just with apple butter.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 7, 2015, 12:15 pm
      Haha, nothing wrong with that! I haven't tried them with apple butter, but I bet it would be delicious. Pumpkin butter is a favorite of mine!
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine April 7, 2015, 11:29 am
    You know how I said I should buy some.....I still haven't.....next time I go to the store!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 7, 2015, 12:16 pm
      DO IT, DO IT!! ;)
  • Pascha April 7, 2015, 11:35 am
    I love rice cake! Thanks for these great ideas, I have been eating them plain.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 7, 2015, 3:07 pm
      They are good plain, but they are EVEN BETTER with creative toppings. I hope you enjoy these!
  • Dana | fresh simple five April 7, 2015, 11:39 am
    I can honestly say I don't ever think to by rice cakes, but these ideas have me inspired! I never really thought about how versatile they could be. All of the options look tasty, but I have my eye on the taco salad version! Yum! Dana | fresh simple five recently posted...Avocado Black Bean Stuffed PitasMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 7, 2015, 12:17 pm
      I am seriously convinced that rice cakes are one of the most versatile foods EVER. I use them for snacks, lunches, dinners, and breakfasts. You really can't go wrong. I hope you buy them next time you are at the grocery store :)
  • Marina April 7, 2015, 1:51 pm
    I love rice cakes for breakfast, but never tried these ideas. Awesome!! Marina recently posted...20 Best Simple Toys for KidsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 7, 2015, 3:08 pm
      Isn't it crazy how they can be eaten at every single meal? I need to start incorporating them into my breakfasts more often!
  • Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola April 7, 2015, 3:44 pm
    Rice cakes!!! I love them! I usually get mine from Aldi and top them with peanut butter.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 7, 2015, 5:54 pm
      That is definitely one of my old favorite standbys when it comes to rice cake toppings. You can never go wrong with nut butters!
  • Michael April 7, 2015, 6:36 pm
    Avocado and dark chocolate- sounds wierd, but its amazzzzing. also mashed chickpeas and jalapenos
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 7, 2015, 7:46 pm
      Whoa! Both of those sound SUPER good! I'll have to try 'em out. Thanks :)
  • Ariana April 7, 2015, 10:26 pm
    These are GREAT! I'm like you - always have rice cakes on hand. Love love love them. But I usually just chow down on them plain or with some nut butter and banana. I feel like my rice cake world has just opened up!! ;) Ariana recently posted...How Much Should You Increase Your Running Distance Each Week?My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 8, 2015, 9:10 am
      Yes!! There is a WHOLE other world when it comes to rice cakes. I am convinced they are one of the most versatile foods ever. I hope you give some of these a try :)
  • lindsay April 8, 2015, 7:02 am
    they all sound fab! makes me want more! haha
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 8, 2015, 9:11 am
      Don't they? Everyone did such an awesome job with what they came up with. Thank you for contributing!
  • Alysia at Slim Sanity April 8, 2015, 8:01 am
    I'm needing on the go breakfast options - some of these would totally work! An egg on rice cake? Yes please! Alysia at Slim Sanity recently posted...Roasted Red Pepper HummusMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 8, 2015, 9:12 am
      Oh yes... rice cakes would be awesome as a part of breakfast. I honestly need to incorporate them more into my a.m. meals!
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien April 8, 2015, 10:53 am
    SO many fabulous ideas! That taco one has me hangry pants. Thanks for including me, love!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 8, 2015, 11:17 am
      Thank YOU for participating! And yes.. the taco one is genius!
  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies April 8, 2015, 1:04 pm
    Thanks for including me on this fun challenge! I alllwayyyys keep rice cakes and a jar of PB in my desk in case my daily apple needs to be bulked up for a more substantial snack -- I'm loving the idea of using a banana instead of my normal apple + those coconibs! Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies recently posted...Cinnamon Orange FashionedMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 8, 2015, 2:04 pm
      I REALLY need to start bringing rice cakes with me to work for emergency snacks. I already always have Sun Butter (for oatmeal and such) on hand, but the rice cakes need to be added! And thank YOU for such an awesomely creative idea!
  • Farrah April 9, 2015, 9:15 pm
    I definitely have not tried these combinations, and they sound so delicious! :D I was in surgery today and they mentioned that one of the nurses was on a rice cake diet and would basically just eat rice cakes all day. ;_; I need to find her and tell her to at least soup it up with other awesome ingredients so she'll get more nutrition and won't be so miserable. :[[
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 10, 2015, 9:51 am
      Haha!! Oh my gosh, I cannot imagine. If she really is, she definitely needs to get creative with the toppings. Otherwise she is going to get SO bored!
  • Leah November 20, 2015, 3:43 am
    I put one in the toaster,then spread vegan cream cheese and hot pepper jelly on it.It is really hard to stop at just one cake. Thanks for the suggestions.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 20, 2015, 1:15 pm
      I love that you put it in the toaster! I had never thought to do that!
  • Alexacvhn January 23, 2016, 4:18 pm
    I love making desert rice cakes! It makes the desert a little more healthy. One of my favorites is 1 plain os sea salt rice cake, with a tbs or two of peanut butter spread on top. Then I melt milk chocolate chips and drizzle the chocolate all over the rice cake. It's like a peanut butter cup with a crunch. ( and much healthier)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 23, 2016, 5:16 pm
      Yum! You can never go wrong with nut butter and chocolate!
  • Stephanie July 26, 2016, 7:45 am
    When I have a sweet tooth chocolate rice cake topped with peanut butter hits the spot.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 26, 2016, 8:19 am
      I bet that combo is SO good!
  • SushiFan December 15, 2016, 6:17 am
    Cream cheese and smoked salmon every time. If you're veggie then cream cheese and avocado with a drizzle of sesame oil.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 16, 2017, 9:57 am
      That definitely sounds like a winning combo!
  • Eve February 11, 2017, 11:05 am
    Spread hummus on them!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 11, 2017, 6:41 pm
      Always a good idea!

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