Italian Black Bean Vegan "Meatballs"

dairy free gluten free macadamia nut butter nut butters vegan

Prepared and photographed by NutraMilk nutritionist, Florencia Tagliavini.

Recipe inspired by Running To The Kitchen.

These nourishing vegan ¨meat balls¨ have a similar texture to real meat balls and they are super flavorful thanks to our special ingredient, fresh macadamia nut butter.  Filled with all the right nutrients including plant-protein, heart- healthy fats, loads of fiber, vitamins and minerals. They are perfect served over spaghetti, noodles or rice. Enjoy!


  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 2 tablespoons warm water)
  • 1 (15oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tbsp. macadamia nut butter made with the NutraMilk
  • 1 small carrot, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups GF rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste 

For macadamia nut butter

  • 2 cups (270g) raw macadamia nuts


  • Start by making fresh macadamia nut butter with the NutraMilk:
    • Place macadamia nuts in the NutraMilk container.
    • Press Butter cycle, set for 4-5 minutes.
    • Press Start.
    • Open the container lid. If necessary, set for an additional minute for a creamier butter.

  • Make the flax egg by combining the flaxseed and water in a small bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to thicken.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the NutraMilk and ¨Mix¨ until roughly chopped and combined.
  • Add the flax egg and continue to ¨Mix¨ until well combined and able to stick together but not mushy.

  • Transfer the mixture to a bowl and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  • Use a medium cookie scoop to scoop meatball mixture into wet hands and gently roll into a ball. Place on baking sheet and continue with remaining mixture.

  • Bake for 10 minutes then use a metal spatula to carefully flip each meatball and bake for another 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes before serving. You can simmer in your favorite marinara sauce in a skillet on the stove top for a minutes as well and then serve over pasta, zoodles, cauliflower rice or any other way you desire.





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