Vegan Broccoli and Rice Casserole (Gluten Free)

is the perfect side dish for your holiday meals, it is easy to prepare and so tasty. Perfect for large gatherings!

Vegan Broccoli Cheese Casserole

I had rice left over from the day before, when I made delicious Summer Vegetable Curry. I also had some broccoli in the refrigerator that I didn’t want to go bad before I forget to use them, so I was inspired to create a dish using both, but one that was quick and easy to prepare.



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 3 cups broccoli florets


  • 1 cup almonds, blanched and skin removed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 tablespoon onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca starch
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


Preheat oven 350 degrees. Oil a medium sized casserole dish and set aside. Steam broccoli florets in a steamer basket until tender and set aside. In a high speed blender, place almond and water and process until smooth. Add yeast flakes, onion, tapioca starch, garlic and sea salt and process until fully blended. Heat a large heavy duty skillet on medium high, saute onion and garlic until soft. Stir in rice, broccoli and sauce, stirring until fully coated and thicken. Transfer into casserole dish and bake for 20 minutes.

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  1. Dianna Norwood

    I have been looking for a Broccoli & Rice Casserole that is Vegan & soy-free. This will be good around the holidays in place of my Broccoli & Cheese Casserole that was to die for.

  2. Would it be possible to use 1 cup Almond milk in place of the almonds and water? This sounds amazing but I’ve never blanched and or/ skinned almonds before.

  3. This is amazing!! I just tried it, adding cauliflower and mushrooms too. I absolutely love the sauce! Thanks so much :)

  4. Sina @ Vegan Heaven

    This looks so yummy, Michelle! Can’t wait to try it! No that it’s getting colder again, I love making casseroles. :-)

  5. Broccoli and rice together is a comfort food heaven. Your recipe looks so great, especially on cold and rainy days.

  6. Interesting! I never added rice to a casserole. I should try it out. I’m sure there are many possible occasions in the next couple of weeks, when the wheather just calls for a warm, comforting dish like this :-)

  7. Linda @ Veganosity

    I love simple rice recipes like this. They really are so satisfying as a meal and easy to make. Love the curry!

  8. Levan @ Crazy Vegan Kitchen

    Yet another awesome recipe Michelle!!! These casseroles are making me DROOL! The photos look fantastic too. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe!

  9. This looks and sounds incredible Michelle! I love every single ingredient, yum yum!! Broccoli is one of my favorite veggies too!

  10. Broccoli Rice Casserole used to be one of my favorite dishes growing up. Such a comfort food. I am definitely going to try this recipe. It looks wonderful!

  11. I love broccoli and rice! It’s one of my favorite dishes, I usually add a little grilled chicken into the mix too. Yum!

  12. Steph @ Steph in Thyme

    This whole dish sounds so flavorful and filling – that vegan sauce sounds especially tasty and simple!

  13. Made this tonight using cashews soaked in warm water for 1 hour. Only had 1/2 bunch of broccoli so added sauteed mushrooms, shallot pepper seasoning and topped with seasoned GF breadcrumbs. It was good! My husband even had seconds! Thanks!

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