Baked Meatless Meatball Recipe

20 balls – 50 minutes

These meatless balls can be put on pasta, in a sandwich or just served as an appetizer with marinara on toothpicks. You can also put them on pizza. They freeze well and are quickly reheated for a yummy lunch. You can quickly chop the walnuts in a food processor and then add the other ingredients in step 3.


    1 prepared flax meal egg
    ½ onion, chopped small
    3 Tbsp fennel or ½ C celery, chopped
    1 1/2 C or 15 oz can of kidney drained, rinsed
    1/4 C minced walnuts
    2 Tbsp tomato paste
    2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
    ½ Tbsp garlic powder
    2 tsp Italian seasoning
    ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
    ¼ tsp black pepper


    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place a piece of parchment paper or sil-pat sheet on baking sheet.
    2. Steam onion and celery in a pan for 5-8 minutes or 2 minutes in a microwave.
    3. Combine kidney beans, tomato paste, nutritional yeast, nuts, and all seasonings into a food processor. Pulse until beans are broken, but not mush.
    4. Add the flax egg, parsley, basil and vegetables. Pulse until lightly combined.
    5. Pinch an inch of bean mixture and roll into a ball. Place on baking sheet. Repeat filling pan.
    6. Bake for 30-35 minutes – turning the pan halfway through.
    7. Serve with a marinara or Quick Pizza Sauce Recipe.

    Note: Swap ½ tsp of fennel powder for fresh fennel. For more crunch add more nuts.

    Abbreviations: C = cup; oz = ounce; Tbsp = tablespoon; tsp = teaspoon

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