Healthy Brown Rice Pizza Muffins

These Healthy Brown Rice Pizza muffins are the perfect portable meal or snack! High in protein, gluten free and flourless, they have the taste of pizza with brown rice being the perfect base! All you’ll need is one bowl and 20 minutes! 

Healthy Brown Rice Pizza Muffins- All the flavours of pizza without flour, dough and made in muffin tins! @thebigmansworld-

Jenn, don’t ask but muffins or rice? 


Meg, do you like brown rice?

“They are carbs. Duh! I prefer them over white rice”

So I think I’ve made it a personal goal to create a special recipe for my blogging friends when it’s their birthdays. Some of my personal favourite recipes were created from it like these Single Serve gluten free breakfast cookies and these single serve Banana Smoothie Breakfast bites. Last year, I even  pretended to be Meg. By pretending to be Meg, I mean I ate potatoes and cheese with every meal and threw copious amounts of vegetables in there too. 

Healthy Brown Rice Pizza Muffins- These portable, easy and delicious muffins taste like pizza! Flourless, #glutenfree and high protein, these muffins are the perfect breakfast, meal or snack choice!

Before you think I’m a cop out collaborating two of my favourite people in one recipe, think again. I had two recipe ideas which suited them both so they get two recipes dedicated to them. So there. 

I’ve mentioned on here before but Meg and Jenn are two people who share my love for cheese, eating dessert for breakfast and having a balanced view of food. They are two of the most down to earth, genuine and sassy people I’ve ever met. I may need to reconsider this statement after I gate crash Jenn this year. Meg I already give her the a-ok after we met up last year. 

This recipe however is not a surprise to either of them because I complained incessantly to them both about how terrible they are to photograph. TERRIBLE. It almost put me off eating olives forever, but the salad mum served with dinner on Sunday night had a Spanish stuffed version in them so that was no longer possible. Anyway, after some sage advice from Jenn to add some greenery, I feel less embarrassed for share it here today! 

Healthy Brown Rice Pizza Muffins- These portable, easy and delicious muffins taste like pizza! Flourless, #glutenfree and high protein, these muffins are the perfect breakfast, meal or snack choice!

Now for this recipe. When I think of Jenn, I think of pizza, cheese and greens. When I think of Meg, I think of pizza, cheese and greens…and now brown rice- Hence the birth of these Healthy Brown Rice Pizza Muffins. One bowl is all you’ll need in your prep to whip these up and they are perfectly customisable to suit your tastebuds! The combination of cheese, eggs and brown rice means you need to flours or grains to hold them in place.

Gluten free and high protein, they make the perfect grab and go breakfast, lunch, dinner or even snack between meals! Confession- They taste amazing at room temperature and cold (and are pictured as such) but when heated, the cheese gets melty and…okay I’ll stop now. Either way, it’s delicious. 

Make these Healthy Brown Rice Pizza Muffins in honour of Meg and Jenn…or just for food prep. 

Healthy Brown Rice Pizza Muffins

These Healthy Brown Rice Pizza muffins are the perfect portable meal or snack! High in protein, gluten free and flourless, they have the taste of pizza with brown rice being the perfect base! All you'll need is one bowl and 20 minutes!
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Servings: 12
Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld


  • 1 packet of microwave brown rice cooked (250 gram packet)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese can use light for lower fat option
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese can use light for lower fat option
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese can use light for lower fat option
  • 3/4 cup antipasto mix ins of choice I used sun dried tomatoes, sun dried black olives and diced Spanish Olives
  • 1/4 cup fresh vegetables of choice I used diced onions
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 large eggs can sub for 5 egg whites


  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and spray a 12 tray muffin tin generously with oil and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked brown rice with the cheeses, antipasto vegetables, fresh vegetables, basil and red pepper flakes. Mix well until fully combined.
  • In a small bowl, add the 3 eggs and whisk lightly. add to the brown rice and cheese mixture and mix until fully incorporated.
  • Divide the mixture evenly between the 12 muffin cases/muffin tin and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until cheese on top has melted and is golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before serving or allowing to cool completely.


These muffins are perfect for grab and go meals and freeze really well. They can be frozen for up to 2 months.
Adapted from Healthy Food Magazine
Healthy Brown Rice Pizza Muffins- These portable, easy and delicious muffins taste like pizza! Flourless, #glutenfree and high protein, these muffins are the perfect breakfast, meal or snack choice!

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92 thoughts on “Healthy Brown Rice Pizza Muffins

  1. I was looking for a new breakfast recipe that isn’t sweet and voila, you deliver. It’s magic 😉 Slowly I am worried where my sweet breakfast tooth is hiding!
    Food associated with me: Curry! And don’t get me started with ugly food photos. I have a curry recipe up my sleeves but I tried taking photos twice that looked so disgusting that I backed out of posting it! Luckily I am going to take a photography class this year and I am going to grill the teacher about this!

  2. You had me at pizza…but teased me at muffins! Looks delicious nonetheless and I think you did a great job with the photos- just another reason to add more greens ;)! You’re so right about the best foods being the ugliest to photograph- oatmeal & any kind of green-based soup come to mind. Foods like that make me all the more grateful for pretty crockery!!

    and Im also one who doesnt even endeavor to snap those pics for the reasons you said.
    MY YUM FOOD immediately shifts to YUCK PIC.
    oh well….

  4. OMGGGG the most delicious food is ugly to photograph. Actually, I always struggle with photographing eggs and I don’t know why. Anywhooooo, these muffins sound delicious and I bet they’re super filling.. WIN.

  5. Hey! Do you know the Muffin Man?

    These muffins are awesome…and because they’re called ‘muffins,’ you are totally allowed to eat them for breakfast! I love how you combined all of these flavors into one bite-size nugget of deliciousness. Meg and Jenn are totally lucky to have you creating custom recipes for them. You better go and remind them how lucky they are to have you around! 🙂

    1. The one I ate yesterday? Then yes 😉

      Mate, five of these with sriracha were my breakfast. Lunch were the other 7.

      When it’s your birthday I’ll make an Australian version of a snake bite. Beer/cider and… an Iced vovo.

  6. I love the idea of eating rice in muffin form (kind of like how I LOVE onigiri – rice should be dense, not granular IMO).

    The food most associated with me… I want to claim eggs but that’s like claiming chocolate – someone else will beat me to it. SARDINES. Can I have sardines? I’m a cat and all that…

  7. Awww! I think those muffins are so stinkin cute! The type of food that people associate with me is eggs. I eat eggs often… like, every. single. day. It’s a bit of a joke in my family…

  8. This relates to your post 0%. But, I just figured out your celebrity twin!! Enrique Iglesias. Like dead on. And I used to have a poster of Anna Kournikova in my dorm room. …on my ceiling. Don’t judge me. Anyways, there’s your totally useless random info for the day.

  9. Oh thank GOD! I have a box of brown rice just sitting in my pantry, and I have been just staring at it for the past 6 months pondering what the heck I want to use it for when I have quinoa and buckwheat groats that obviously curb-stomp it in the nutritional department. Muffin bases? I dig.

    The foods that are Eva are either RIce Chex (does that count as a food?), hummus, or baked potatoes. My apartment actually SMELLS like baked potatoes. I didn’t even know they had a smell until I spent a couple of days away and came back.

    And muffins over rice. Why is that even a question?!

  10. I puffy heart you, especially because there are not one, not two, but three different kinds of cheeses in this recipe. Be still my cheese loving heart. Thank you sunshine! I can’t wait to try these…off to make some rice.

  11. Ok, I am sorry if this is getting really old, but I think my connectings are chicken and eggs?
    I love muffins cause I can just put them in my handbag. I mean, salad and stuff is just so complicated to transport (let alone the view of dressing all over the place).
    WHAT is this NEWS???And when do you arrive in Switzerland??

  12. Saw the word ‘pizza’ and stopped…didn’t have to read any farther to know that I’ll have to make these sometime. Obsessed with all things pizza!

  13. There are three foods associated with me: bananas (my coworkers), bagels (the blog name) and hummus (everyone else). I LOVE muffins, especially lemon poppyseed mega muffins that are glazed. The most delicious food is hard to photograph because the camera cannot convey all the tasty goodness, so it supercompensates in the other direction and makes all food look bad. The camera is simply jealous. 🙂

  14. Haha this reminds me of every time I go to photograph the most delicious bowl of oatmeal and it ends up looking like a bowl of crap…literally. My aunt told me over Thanksgiving dinner that one of my oatmeal photos looked like crap haha. Oh well it’s delicious!

    OLIVES. Yuck. I was traumatized as a child (I thought they were blueberries and ate a huge handful……….). So I guess you can say that no, that would not be a food associated with me haha.

    Back in the day I would be associated with Diet Snapple. I had about four or five a day. Nowadays I eat wayyyy too much of a variety to be pinned down. I’m a bit of a loose cannon.

    1. LOL. What a lovely aunty.

      I use to hate olives too but have grown to really love them- Depending on the colour and style!

      Oh I tried a diet snapple- The one that was produced on the Celebrity Apprentice lol!

  15. Arman it’s recipes like these that really speak volumes to how resourceful and creative a chef you really are. I would have never thought to come up with a recipe like this, but I’m sure glad you did! 🙂

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