Rice Bran Brownies
Rice not only makes good eating; it also is one of the most nutritious foods around. It supplies us with complex carbohydrates, and important energy source, plus small amounts of high quality protein, vitamins, and minerals (thiamin, niacin, and iron). Rice contains no cholesterol or sodium, and only a trace amount of fat. The staple food source for more than half of the world's population, rice appears in traditional dishes in countries as diverse at China, Greece, India, and Spain. The Rice Council offers a wide range of recipes containing rice, including some that call for rice bran, the fiber and nutrient rich outer layers of brown rice. A sampling of recipes from their files follows. Enjoy them with rice grown or milled Texas-style! Makes 16 squares.
1/2 c. sugar
1/3 c. water
3 T. vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
1/2 c. flour
1/3 c. rice bran
1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 c. chopped walnuts or pecans
Preheat over to 350 degrees. Combine sugar, water, vegetable oil, and vanilla in large bowl. Add egg whites and stir well.
Combine dry ingredients and add to egg mixture, stirring well.
Pour batter into eight-inch square baking pan coated with vegetable oil cooking spray. Sprinkle batter with nuts.
Bake at 350 degrees 15 to 20 minutes, or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool. Cut into 16 squares.
From the November 1990 issue.