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!


More black bean recipes…
Black Bean and Butternut Quinoa
Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas
Simple and Delicious Black Bean Chili


Aaron F
Past Member 3 months ago

Gotta pass on these...sorry...

Vincent T
Past Member 3 months ago

Thank you

Angela K.
Angela K2 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you

Magdalena J.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thank you!

Giustina C.
Giustina C3 years ago

Oh, yum ... !!!

Sharon Stein
Sharon Stein3 years ago

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

Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harper3 years ago


Ronel Van Vuuren
Ronel v3 years ago

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

John Wedderburn
3 years ago

Looks delicious!