Vegan & Gluten-Free Baked Cauliflower Arancini

Maria Marlowe

by | Updated: January 9th, 2020

The holidays call for traditional recipes our family pass down from generation to generation. Rice balls – or arancini – is one of them. This Italian-inspired dish is commonly made with cheese, eggs and, in many cases, chicken stock. However, this healthier rendition is a combination of gluten-free flour and fresh herbs blended with low-carb cauliflower, which provides the perfect rice-y texture! They’re crisp on the outside, soft on the inside and taste delicious with homemade marinara sauce, creamy dips, hot sauce and salads.

Vegan Arancini Cauliflower Rice Balls |

Vegan Arancini Cauliflower Rice Balls |
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Vegan & Gluten-Free Baked Cauliflower Arancini

Servings 4
Calories 447.56 kcal



  1. Preheat oven 400 degrees F. Line baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. In small bowl, combine ground flaxseed and water. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  3. In bowl, mix cauliflower rice, 1 cup flour, olive oil, parsley, salt, pepper and flax/water mixture. Scoop out small handful and use hands to roll into 1-in. ball. Repeat with remaining dough. (It should make around 12 balls.)
  4. Cover small plate with 2 tablespoons cassava or almond flour. Roll each ball in flour until fully coated. Transfer to parchment-paper-lined tray, evenly spaced out.
  5. Bake 10 minutes, flip, then bake another 10-15 minutes, until golden.
  6. Serve with salad, hot sauce or your favorite dip.

Recipe Notes

Ready to get rice-y? Grab the fresh ingredients you need for this recipe at the farmer's market and the remaining items at!

Nutrition Facts
Vegan & Gluten-Free Baked Cauliflower Arancini
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 447.56 Calories from Fat 344
% Daily Value*
Fat 38.18g59%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Sodium 317.96mg13%
Potassium 288.43mg8%
Carbohydrates 19.49g6%
Fiber 9.79g39%
Sugar 3.95g4%
Protein 16.42g33%
Vitamin A 315.9IU6%
Vitamin C 43.55mg53%
Calcium 171.44mg17%
Iron 3.28mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.