Veggie No-Meat Balls with Zoodles | Vegan Recipes | Blue Zones

Wellness Wednesday took us to Blue zone, Loma Linda, California. A place where they outlive the average American by 10 years! One of their secrets- eating 1/2 to 1 cup of beans a day. And this recipe is one way you can introduce more beans into your diet. These No-meat meatballs are made from chickpeas. Using canned chickpeas, you can have this meal done in 35 minutes. No fancy techniques or ingredients!
This recipe is a perfect way to replace a popular dinner-meatballs with a much healthier alternative. Mixed with a tasty sauce, these no-meatballs are not only healthier but satisfying for dinner too. Pair with zoodles and quick tomato sauce, a salad or a bun for a complete meal. 

Reasons to love no-meat meatballs:

  • Eat as much as you want- they will fill you up
  • Makes great leftovers
  • Way to introduce plant-based eating to kids or picky eaters
  • Put no-meat meatballs in a sausage bun with peppers and onions for vegan “junk food”
Veggie No-Meat Balls with Zoodles 
Total time: 35 minutes 
Servings: 4 


  • 2 cups chickpeas, drained, keep liquid
  • 4 T aquafaba
  • 1 clove garlic, minced 
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs 
  • 2 tsp. Onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. Dried basil
  • ¼ tsp. Red pepper flakes (or pepper)
  • Serve with Zoodles and/or quick tomato sauce


Preheat oven to 450 F. 
  1. Mash chickpeas with potato masher or fork until crumbly. 
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients. Add more liquid if needed. Mixture should clump easily when pressed with a spoon against a bowl. Taste mixture and add more salt if needed.
  3. Like a baking tray with parchment paper or cooking spray. Form mixture into 1 inch sized balls (about 15). 
  4. Bake 20-25 minute turning halfway through. Remove when golden brown. 
  5. You can serve meatballs with tomato sauce on zoodles or in sausage bun. 

mixing mashed chickpeas with other ingredients

bake at 450 F for 20-25 minutes

serve with zoodles, pasta, or in a sandwich

2 thoughts on “Veggie No-Meat Balls with Zoodles | Vegan Recipes | Blue Zones

  1. Thank you Shane! I'm glad you like this meatless alternative. If there is anything else I can help you with vegan or vegetarian cooking, let me know!

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