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Italian Rice Balls (Gluten Free & Vegan)

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Italian Rice Balls (Gluten Free & Vegan)

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  • Author: Elika
  • Yield: 14 1x


This is Italian Rice Balls is a great dish to use up your leftover rice and veggies. It’s inspired by the Sicilian recipe, Arancini di Riso but this healthier version is baked in the oven.



3 cups cooked rice

¼ cup flax meal

¼ cup grated parmesan

1 tbsp dried oregano 

1 tbsp Dried sage

1 tsp dried rosemary

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 diced red onion

2 cloves garlic

1 ripe tomato

50ml water

1 tsp pink salt 

1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 170oc
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan
  • Saute the onion & garlic until soft
  • Dice and add the tomato
  • Then add all the herbs and fry for another minute to release their fragrance
  • Finally, add the rice until it is warmed through 
  • Now transfer all to a large mixing bowl
  • Add all the remaining ingredients and combine well
  • The parmesan will start to melt in the mixture and the flax meal will help to bind all of the ingredients
  • Shape the mixture into 2-3 inch sized balls
  • Place all the balls on a roasting tray and bake in the oven for 15-20 mins until the edges start to look crispy
  • Remove and place on serving plate


  • This is a versatile mixture with the base of rice, add more herbs such as tarragon or sage and seasonings as you wish.
  • Italian Rice Balls works perfectly with fish or grilled meats or alternatively with roasted vegetables or other vegetables such as peas or cremini mushrooms.
  • There are also versions with pistachios and pine nuts so this is something to consider when experimenting with your own version.

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