Feed Zone Portables: Cinnamon Apple Rice Cakes

Leave the applesauce at home and fuel your next training session with these sweet and tart rice cakes from "Feed Zone Portables."

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  • Serves: 15
  • Total time: 30 minutes
  • Nutrition: 159 calories


  • 3 cups uncooked sticky rice
  • 4½ cups water
  • 1 apple*, peeled and minced   (*A firm, tart apple like Granny Smith will give these rice cakes a balanced flavor and texture.)
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon (~3 tablespoons)

Top with

  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

How to Make Perfect Sticky Rice

  1. Step 1

    Fresh-cooked rice is the essential ingredient in rice cakes because the rice is stickier when it’s warm, helping the cake hold together.

  2. Step 2

    Calrose rice, a strain of medium-grain rice common in Asian cooking, is a type of sticky rice that is widely available. This variety cooks fast (in 20 minutes or less in most rice cookers), retains a nutty flavor, and is just sticky enough to hold together. Any “sushi rice” variety should work well for making portables.

  3. Step 3

    If you haven’t made the leap and bought an inexpensive rice cooker, here’s a simple stovetop method for cooking sticky rice: Combine rice, water, and a dash of salt in a large saucepan. Bring rice to a low rolling boil, cover, and cook over low heat until the water has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Turn heat off and leave covered for another 10 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    When making rice cakes, the texture will vary based on how much moisture is in your rice and the proportions of rice to wet ingredients. Go slowly so you can find the magical combination of “stickiness” and flavor. If your rice cakes are a little dry, try rinsing the rice under cool water before cooking, or adding more water to the rice before cooking.

Cinnamon Apple Rice Cake Directions

  1. Step 1

    Combine rice, water, and a dash of salt in a rice cooker and let cook.

  2. Step 2

    When the rice is finished cooking, transfer it to a large bowl and add the apple, sugar, and lemon juice.

  3. Step 3

    Once all ingredients are incorporated, adjust seasoning to taste. Evenly spread the mixture into a 9” × 12” baking pan and top with a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar and coarse salt.

  4. Step 4

    Let set up for a few minutes, then cut into squares and wrap.

Per Serving: Calories 159, Carbs 36 g, Protein 3 g, Fat 0 g, Fiber 1 g, Sodium 174 mg
Adapted from Feed Zone Portables by Biju Thomas and Allen Lim with permission of VeloPress.