Black Bean Vegan Meatballs

Even though I was raised as a vegetarian, I must admit, I’m very new to the whole vegan way of eating!  For many years, I have recommended that my clients adopt a more plant-based way of eating, which is why I’m so excited to bring you this yummy black bean vegan meatball recipe.

I settled on this recipe after many trial and error attempts.  I will tell you that creating a vegan meatball that didn’t disintegrate into mush in gravy has been quite challenging!  While these meatballs do stand up to some soaking in the gravy, I would still recommend to serve them with the gravy instead of in the gravy.  In other words, I would NOT use this recipe to throw in the crockpot to let them cook all day for a party.  I promise you that I will continue to work on a vegan meatball recipe that will be perfect for your next superbowl party!

All that being said, these black bean vegan meatballs are super low carb and have lots of fiber and protein to boot!

Bon Appetit!

Black Bean Vegan Meatballs

Delish and they stand up to the gravy test!

  • 1 15oz black beans ((1 1/2 Cups))
  • 1/2 C whole oats
  • 1 onion ((medium))
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 C sunflower seeds
  • 2 TBSP tomato paste
  • 2 TBSP flaxseed (, ground)
  • kosher salt (to taste)
  • fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes ((optional))
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp thyme ((dried))
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sage ((dried))
  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil ((for frying))
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit

  2. Rinse and drain black beans

  3. Roughly chop onion and garlic. Place in bowl of food processor. Pulse 3 or 4 times.

  4. Add remaining ingredients (except oil) to processor. Pulse 2 or 3 times, scrape down and pulse 2 or 3 more times. Repeat until mixture begins to stick together. (Don't over process)

  5. Roll the mixture in your hands to create balls. (Approximately 1 TBSP of mixture). This recipe makes 18 balls.

  6. Heat oil in pan and brown balls for 5 minutes, turning occasionally to brown each side.

  7. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.

To Serve

  1. Add balls to gravy and serve immediately.

  1.  While these meatballs don’t disintegrate when cooked over time in the gravy, they do get rather crumbly, so it’s best to serve them WITH the gravy as opposed to IN the gravy.
  2. Don’t like the listed spices?  No problem.  Substitute them for your faves!
  3. Best if they are browned in an iron skillet.
  4. Nutrition facts are per meatball.

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