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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

Black Bean Vegan Meatballs

Delish and they stand up to the gravy test!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: black beans, meatballs, vegan
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 18 meatballs (6 servings)
Calories: 45kcal
Author: Coach Collette
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  • 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)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Rinse and drain black beans
  • Roughly chop onion and garlic. Place in bowl of food processor. Pulse 3 or 4 times.
  • 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)
  • Roll the mixture in your hands to create balls. (Approximately 1 TBSP of mixture). This recipe makes 18 balls.
  • Heat oil in pan and brown balls for 5 minutes, turning occasionally to brown each side.
  • Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.

To Serve

  • 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.


Nutrition Facts
Black Bean Vegan Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 45 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 15mg1%
Potassium 58mg2%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 31IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I sure hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do and would love to hear what you think about it, so don’t be shy, let me know in the comments!

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