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nutmeat balls on zucchini noodles

Vegan Meatball Recipe

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 8 small meatballs 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: gluten free, vegan


These vegan “meatballs” are made with brown rice and walnuts to create a healthy and delicious addition to your favorite plate of pasta or zucchini noodles!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 3/4 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose or gluten-free flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat for 30 seconds, then add the onion and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently until the onion has softened.
  3. Add the garlic and continue to cook for 30 seconds.
  4. Remove from heat and allow the onion to cool slightly.
  5. In a food processor, add the walnuts, cooked rice, spices, salt, and flour.
  6. Pulse until combined.
  7. Add in the onion and garlic and continue to pulse until mixed.
  8. Roll the mixture into small balls and place them onto a baking sheet.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes until browned.
  10. Serve on top of your favorite pasta or zucchini noodles.