Raw-Vegan Walnut “Meat” Balls

Liana Werner-Gray

by | Updated: June 15th, 2017 | Read time: 2 minutes

Eating a plant-based diet doesn’t mean you have to miss out on former meat-dish favorites. From fake bacon to veggie dogs, quick-to-make “mock” products can be found in supermarket freezer cases everywhere today. But if you’re not a fan of soy, or you’re avoiding processed foods, these convenient options may not be right for you. Instead, try making your own cruelty-free creation with whole-food ingredients like nuts, veggies and herbs. These no-cook walnut “meat” balls are just what your favorite raw zucchini pasta dish has been missing!

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1-1/2 cups walnuts
1 cup sundried tomatoes
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp. sage
1 tsp. fennel seeds
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. rosemary
1 tsp. oregano
Pinch black pepper and sea salt
Pinch cayenne pepper


  1. In a blender, add all ingredients and blend for 5 minutes or until well combined. (Note: Mixture should be moist and moldable.)
  2. Scoop mixture from blender by the spoonful and shape into balls.
  3. Serve raw with zucchini pasta, bean pasta or brown rice pasta.

Liana’s tips:

  • If you don’t have a blender, you can use a mortar and pestle. Crush the walnuts first. Dice the sundried tomatoes and mix everything together in a bowl until just moist enough to stick together.
  • Serve “meat” balls as a party snack or appetizer with dipping sauce and organic corn chips.
  • Wrap “meat” balls in lettuce to make raw tacos!
  • For a nut-free version, use pumpkin or sunflower seeds instead of walnuts.

Nutrition info: 274 calories, 25 grams fat, 10 grams carbs, 4 grams fiber, 6 grams protein