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Apricot Walnut Black Rice Loaf (Vegan + GF)

  • Author: by Mary
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 55 minutes


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 cups cooked black rice
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 sliced jalapeño pepper (seeds removed for less heat)
  • salt + pepper
  • 3 Tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup boiling water


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a loaf pan and line it with parchment paper.
  2. In a heavy skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook for about 5 minutes, until soft.
  3. Add the smoked paprika and oregano, and cook for one minute before adding the tomato paste. Cook for another 2 minutes, then remove from heat.
  4. Stir the onion mixture together with the rice, apricots, walnuts, and jalapeño. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. In a separate container, mix the flax and boiling water together. The mixture should thicken. Add more water if it is too gel-like. Pour over the rice, and mix well so it is fully incorporated.
  6. Pour the rice mixture into the prepared loaf tin, press gently in and flatten the top.
  7. Bake for 35-45 minutes. The top should be dry to the touch. Remove and let cool 5 minutes before removing from the tin.