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Black Bean ‘Meatballs’

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Black Bean ‘Meatballs’

Talk about flavor! This combo of fresh veggie-based “pasta” & lightly fried bean balls is truly a winner! The second I bit into this dish I was in love and it’s now a go-to staple of mine for quick and easy eating on a budget that won’t break the bank. You can even make these in bulk, omit the breadcrumbs and freeze a batch for future meals!

Recipe: Black Bean “Meatballs” From: Margaret Chapman at Plant Based on a Budget

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  • Yield : 14-18
  • Servings : 3-4
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 15m
  • Ready In : 25m


  • 15 oz. Black Beans (1 can)
  • 1 cup Oat Flour (oats ground up)
  • 1 cup Rolled Oats
  • Bread Crumbs (optional)
  • Oil (optional, if you fry them)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Flax Seeds (ground)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Onion powder


Step 1

Heat a medium-sized skillet to medium-high heat or preheat your oven to 425 degrees F (options for frying or baking, your choice).

Step 2

In a food processor pulse oats & flax seeds (if whole, not ground) till slightly chunky powder. Set aside in a medium bowl.

Step 3

Drain your black beans and rinse till water runs clear, fill your can back up with water (with the beans still in the can) and pour it all into your food processor. Pulse till smooth.

Step 4

Combine your rolled oats (blended and regular), bean purée and seasonings till fully incorporated, let rest for 5 minutes to thicken.

Step 5

Portion out 1 inch scoop balls and roll in bread crumbs for an even coat. Fry about 2-3 minutes on each side, rotating/flipping every couple minutes till dark golden brown all over. Or bake for 6-8 minutes, flip and repeat.

Step 6

Serve with warm marinara and/or over veggie pasta, enjoy!


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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas
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12:45AM PST on Feb 12, 2015

Thank you!

12:22PM PST on Jan 3, 2015

Oh, yum ... !!!

12:52PM PST on Dec 6, 2014

I'm going to try these in a mushroom sauce....

1:57AM PST on Dec 2, 2014


6:35AM PST on Dec 1, 2014

looks interesting, will try it. Love the beans !!!

8:04AM PST on Nov 28, 2014

Looks delicious!

2:52AM PST on Nov 19, 2014


11:12PM PST on Nov 18, 2014

Sounds good thanks

7:02PM PST on Nov 17, 2014

I made these and then baked them with marinara sauce and they were delicious. For those who think this is bland I recommend replacing some of the oats used with something like corn, onions, jalapenos etc. This is a really good basic recipe that can be altered based on ones preference.

12:42AM PST on Nov 12, 2014

I'm really disappointed with these,it's like eating a mouthful of oats that faintly taste of roasted paprika and they look anaemic as well.
I had high hopes as well. I followed recipe exactly as it said.

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