Plant-Based Chickpea “Meatballs”


These homemade Italian meatballs made with chickpeas are incredibly flavorful – even meat-eaters will love them! What’s more, chickpeas are full of protein, fiber and folate (an important vitamin that’s not found in many foods). If using dried chickpeas, take a little up-front prep time to soak them. Just cover in water overnight or in the morning, and you’re good to go. This recipe comes together quickly, tastes scrumptious (with a little punch of garlic and sweet carrot!) and is super filling. Serve with marinara sauce and your favorite pasta and you have a tasty vegan “spaghetti and meatballs” that your family will devour.Homemade Chickpea Vegan Meatballs on White Plate with Plaid Napkin |

Homemade Chickpea Vegan Meatballs on White Plate with Plaid Napkin |
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Plant-Based Chickpea “Meatballs”

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 248 kcal
Author Pamela Higgins



  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Prepare flax “eggs” by stirring together ground flaxseed and water. Let sit 15 minutes.
  3. In food processor, pulse chickpeas to mash. Add remaining ingredients and pulse to combine.
  4. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Using hands, roll 1 Tbsp. mixture into ball; arrange on sheet. Repeat until all mixture is used.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Serve with sauce and pasta of choice.

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Nutrition Facts
Plant-Based Chickpea “Meatballs”
Amount Per Serving
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 492mg21%
Potassium 347mg10%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 9g36%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 1381IU28%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 84mg8%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Pamela Higgins

Pam Higgins, Certified Health Coach, AADP received her credentials from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2010. Pam is the Founder of Total Health Counseling, LLC and She is a sensitive foodie and focuses on teaching clients about eating delicious food with pleasure. Pam will show you how to access your blueprint for healthy eating and lifestyle so you can be your best. Pam healed herself from years of chronic digestive and skin inflammation by accessing her own blueprint for healthy living and helps her clients find foods that nourish + balance their bodies. Pam lives in South Florida with her husband, Heman and dog, Cali. Contact Pam directly via email at