The croquette (from the French croquer, "to crunch") is popular worldwide, both as a delicacy and as a fast food. Usually coated in breadcrumbs and deep-fried, this Naked interpretation is actually healthful, getting the desired crunch from chopped nuts instead of frying.

Rice, Bean, & Pistachio Croquettes

Yield: Makes 12-16 croquettes. Serves 4.

Rice, Bean, & Pistachio Croquettes


1/3 cup pistachios or Brazil nuts
2 tsp. nutritional yeast
½ organic onion
4 cloves garlic
½ cup low-sodium vegetable broth
1 cup brown rice (long grain or short grain)
1 ¼ - 1 ½ cups filtered water (depending on rice used; see below)
1 sprig fresh cilantro, minced
1 Tbsp. non-GMO miso paste
½ tsp. turmeric
1 cup cooked beans (red, pinto, kidney, black, or white), rinsed and dried
1 tsp. tamari or shoyu
freshly-ground black pepper to taste


In a food processor chop the pistachios or Brazil nuts.  Pour into a small container.  Add the nutritional yeast, mix, and set aside.

In the food processor chop the onion and garlic. Transfer to a shallow pot* with the broth.  Sauté until golden brown. 

Add the rice, water, cilantro, miso, and turmeric and bring to a boil. (For long-grain brown rice, use 1 ¼ cups water to 1 cup rice. For short-grain brown rice, use 1 ½ cups of water).  Cover and reduce to a slow, steady simmer for 30 minutes. Let the cooked rice sit for 10 minutes, covered, to absorb maximum moisture; then remove the lid, and fluff the grains with a fork.

Pour the rice mixture into a large bowl and add the cooked beans. Add the tamari and pepper and smash all the ingredients into an even mix.   Scoop the mixture a tablespoon at a time and form into 1” spheres. 

Pour the pistachio mix over a parchment sheet, tray, or plate and roll each sphere in the nut mixture until it is covered.  Serve immediately.


*A wide, shallow pot with a tight-fitting lid ensures evenly cooked grains.

Recipe Type:
Naked! Low fat, Whole Food, Plant-based, Vegan, Organic, Sustainable.

Approved for:
Diabetes, Cancer, Heart Disease, High Cholesterol, Weigh Loss, Athletics, Optimum Health.

Free of:
Animals, Eggs, Dairy & Lactose, Sugar, Salt, Oil, Peanuts, Gluten, Wheat, GMOs, Alcohol, Chemicals, Colorants Additives.

This recipe holds the Naked Food Seal of Approval, as it has been prepared with all organic, non-gmo, gluten-free, and plant-based ingredients. The Naked Food Seal of Approval stands for 100% Real Food.

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