Gluten-free Vegan Meatballs

by Jill Dalton

Vegan Meatballs

Jill Dalton
This recipe has been a long time in the making. The seasoning and flavor of the meatball is pretty straight forward but getting the right texture without using the typical processed vegan ingredients like wheat gluten has been an interesting challenge. I think we finally have this gluten-free vegan meatball nailed and can wait for you to try it! You may want to pair it with our marinara sauce to boot!
5 from 2 votes
Servings 6 people
Prep 20 minutes
Cook 40 minutes
Total 1 hour

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  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Sauté the onions, mushrooms and tofu together until the onions are translucent.
  • Add the spices, wine and balsamic and cook for a few minutes.
  • Add the remaining ingredients along with the cooked ingredients into a food processor and pulse until mixture sticks together and looks well blended, but not so much that it looks like paste.
  • Roll mixture into balls a little smaller than a golf ball and place them onto a parchment lined baking tray.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.
  • Flip meatballs over and bake for another 20 minutes.
  • Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week.
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Nutrition info

Calories: 196kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 11gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 366mgPotassium: 512mgFiber: 8gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 262IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 3mg

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nina January 23, 2021 - 12:07 pm

I am wondering if I can use another more common grain because buckwheat is not a staple at my house. Also, may I use lemon juice instead of vinegar or does the vinegar have a special effect ? I will leave out the wine, should I use grape juice instead ?

Jill Dalton January 24, 2021 - 10:34 am

Brown rice will work but it needs to be cooked pretty dry just like I did with the buckwheat. You can leave out the vinegar and use veggie broth instead of the wine.

nina January 24, 2021 - 9:08 pm

What can I use besides buckwheat and brown rice ? I don’t have rice in my diet anymore because of the arsenic, so that won’t work for me.

Jill Dalton January 27, 2021 - 10:00 am

Farrow would work or quinoa.

Amy Woodlief January 24, 2021 - 8:59 am

I need to purchase a food processor. What size (how many cups) is yours? Do you have any recommendations about brands?

Jill Dalton January 24, 2021 - 10:32 am

Hello Amy,
This is the food processor that I have and I have been pretty happy with it.

Michele Casari January 24, 2021 - 12:32 pm

Any substitute for soy/tofu?

Jill Dalton January 27, 2021 - 10:00 am

Sorry, I haven’t found anything that works as a substitute.

Linda January 26, 2021 - 10:19 pm

Hi Jill, I have trouble with soy. Do you have a substitute for the tofu?

Jill Dalton January 27, 2021 - 9:58 am

Unfortunately, I don’t really know what could take its place,sorry Linda

Kristina January 29, 2021 - 6:09 pm

I made these today and omitted the tofu. They turned out great!! Made like 40!

ubwell627 January 30, 2021 - 3:07 pm

I’m looking for a good stir fry all purpose non stick pan, what do you recommend?

Jill Dalton January 31, 2021 - 10:07 am

Sorry, I don’t have one to suggest. The only non-stick cookware I have is a griddle.

Robertha gibson February 3, 2021 - 8:45 pm

What can I use in the place of flaxseed or flaxmeal

Jill Dalton February 4, 2021 - 10:17 am

ground chia seeds or psyllium husk.

Iz February 4, 2021 - 11:15 am

Hi Jill, do you think this would work in a meatloaf?

Jill Dalton February 5, 2021 - 10:13 am

I haven’t tried that. Not sure if it would cook very well in the middle.

JC October 24, 2021 - 1:36 pm

These look amazing. I’m assuming they would freeze well. Would you suggest freezing before or after baking? Thanks!

Jill Dalton October 27, 2021 - 10:20 am

I haven’t tried freezing them so I’m not sure what the outcome would be, sorry

Joyce Landers February 7, 2021 - 9:11 pm

I made the mistake of putting these directly in a pot of sauce after they cooked in oven and they totally mushed and fell apart. Tasted good – more like a bolognese.

create together October 28, 2021 - 12:27 am

These look great, but I can’t have grains. Any substitutes for the buckwheat and oatmeal?


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