Carrot Rice Ball Jack O’ Lantern Bites

Rice Ball Jack o Lanterns

Healthy and Halloween. At the same time. Win – win if you need a respite from the onslaught of sugaryness of the Halloween season.

These little vegan cuties are made with carrot juice – and NOT orange food coloring – to make little orange rice balls.

I have been making these for the last few years and they have become a tradition. I always have so much fun making their cute faces – just cut up black olives and make each one with its own personality.

It just wouldn’t be Halloween without them now.

And, if you’re anywhere near Utah this weekend, my sister Sandy and I will be demoing these and other fall recipes at Williams Sonoma at 1:00 this Saturday, October 12 at the Riverwoods Shops in Orem, Utah. Please stop by and join the fun.

— posted by Donna


1 1/2 cups medium or short grain rice
2 cups carrot juice
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
A handful of black olives, for garnish
A few green bean tips, for garnish

Boil rice, carrot juice, water and salt for 15 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed. Let cool to room temperature.

To make jack o’ lanterns, form small balls (about 2 tablespoons each) out of rice, pressing firmly with hands. (Note: If rice sticks to hands, lightly sprinkle hands with water when rolling.)

To form eyes and mouths, cut black olives into shapes and press into the rice balls. To make stem, cut a small triangle of green bean and stick into rice ball on top.


  1. Janhavi says

    I made them tonight. I modified recipe with fresh tomato and carrot puree and spices in it. Stuffed a piece of paneer in it. My kid loved it.


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