Cauliflower rice balls are the perfect healthy appetizer or snack recipe. They are are so delicious and an easy recipe to make. What I love about this cauliflower rice recipe is that it’s so versatile. Try these cauliflower rice balls with a dipping sauce like harissa, pesto, or chimichurri for healthy finger food that won’t leave you feeling guilty before the meal.

To make them, you’ll need to blanch a head of cauliflower and then pulse it into cauliflower rice in a food processor. Then, mix the cauliflower rice with the other ingredients, form them into balls, and bake them for 15-20 minutes. You can make them a few days ahead, store them on a cookie sheet and then heat or reheat when you are ready.


1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets

1 egg

1/4 C. almond flour

2 T. cornstarch

1/4 C. parmesean cheese, grated

1/4 C. cheddar cheese, grated

Salt and pepper

Herbs optional (such as chopped thyme, parsley, cilantro, etc.)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

On the stovetop, boil salted water in a medium saucepan. Add caulifower florets and let cook for about 1-2 minutes until just tender. Strain and discard water.

Place cooked cauliflower in food processor and pulse. Place in bowl and ring out any excess water with paper towels. Add egg, almond flour, cornstarch, cheeses, herbs (optional), and salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Form cauliflower mixture into small round balls and place on baking sheet.

Bake cauliflower rice balls for 15-20 minutes until lightly golden. Gently remove from pan with a spatula and eat warm. Serve with warm tomato sauce and parmeasan cheese, or alongside you favorite dipping sauce.

cauliflower rice appetizers

You will love this cauliflower rice healthy holiday appetizer recipe. And once you’ve made them, we’re confident you’ll make them on the regular as a healthy lunch or snack idea.

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