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Black Bean ‘Meatballs’

Black Bean ‘Meatballs’

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

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!


  • 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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6:47AM PDT on Jul 9, 2014

I often prepare similar ones and modify or invent recipes. :-)

6:52PM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

They sound great! Thanks.

11:57AM PDT on Jul 6, 2014


11:28AM PDT on Jul 5, 2014

My daughter simply loves black beans, so we're definitely going to try this recipe, thanks!

6:45AM PDT on Jul 4, 2014

Thank you for this great recipe.

3:25AM PDT on Jul 4, 2014


12:27AM PDT on Jul 3, 2014

Sounds absolutely delicious!!

9:08PM PDT on Jul 2, 2014

Absolutely delicious! i left out the garlic and cut back on the paprikia [personal preference only] - and wowzers these are great! A well-known restraurant offers these, but they're far too *hot*. Fabulous,, and i'm grateful for the recipe - thank you for your generosity! jan.

2:18AM PDT on Jul 2, 2014

Sounds like a great recipe! (Unfortunately I'm a bit terrible at cooking, but sounds cool)

7:49PM PDT on Jul 1, 2014

Sounds yummy, thanks :)

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