Hey guys, today’s post is going to be a little different. I’m taking inspiration from Dana from Minimalist Baker. She has a healthy arancini recipe on her site and I’m making an even healthier version. Now, I’m going to be honest, her version is a bit of a stretch calling it arancini, my version is definitely too much of a stretch to be classed as arancini. But the flavour inspiration is there and it sounds better than cauliflower ball…
For those of you who don’t know, arancini is a cheesy rice ball (so well explained there). In Dana’s recipe, she uses cauliflower rice and vegan cheese. As you guys know, I’m not big on the processed stuff and I don’t eat vegan cheese. Instead, I’m getting that cheesy flavour from a healthy dose of nutritional yeast. I’m also making mine without any added oil and a few ingredients switched.
- 1 small head cauliflower
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 flax egg (1tbsp ground flax + 3tbsp water)
- ¾ cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
- 1tbsp dried oregano
- 2 heaped tbsp nutritional yeast, mixed with 2tbsp water
- ½ cup Sainsbury’s Pistachio + Herb breadcrumbs (also known as the best breadcrumbs ever)
If you need gluten free breadcrumbs, add additional basil and oregano to the recipe.
- Preheat oven to 190°c and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
- In a food processor, process the cauliflower until you have cauliflower rice then add the cauliflower to a large frying pan with a tbsp water for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add flax egg to blender or food processor along with sun-dried tomatoes, oregano, nutritional yeast, breadcrumbs and oregano and pulse a few times to combine.
- Add cauliflower rice to food processor or blender and pulse a few more times.
- Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Set aside to cool for a few minutes before shaping them into balls.
- Once cool enough to be handled use a tablespoon to scoop out a rounded ball of arancini mixture. You should have 8-10 balls by the time you’re finished.
- Place on a baking tray in the centre of the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden.
- Serve with your favourite pasta sauce and a side of greens.
Have you tried regular arancini? Would you be willing to give a healthier version a go?
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