Mushroom + Black-bean Vegan “Meat”balls

PBM_0183Last night for dinner, I wanted to make some pasta and “meat”balls.  Obviously I don’t eat meat, so I needed to come up with something that could be a great substitute.  I always wanted this ball to be something my meat eating husband could enjoy.  He’s really great about trying things I make, so I wanted to include flavors and foods he enjoyed.  That’s when I stumbled across this recipe for vegetarian balls made with mushrooms and black beans.  My husband loves mushrooms, and I know they’re a great meat substitute!


The recipe I found was from Fit Foodie Mama, and was vegetarian.  Since I’m vegan, I knew I had to make some changes and make it my own, but her basic recipe was a good place for me to start.  The combination of the mushrooms and black beans are so delicious.  I love the tastes of these meatless balls, and they paired great with pasta and marina sauce!


If you’re looking for a great meatless spaghetti and meatballs substitute, this is it!  I think vegans and meat eaters will thoroughly enjoy this meal!


  • Servings: 12 balls
  • Difficulty: easy
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Delicious vegan meatballs anyone can enjoy!



  • 1 15 ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 8 ounces of mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup of gluten free Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 vegan egg*
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parsley, oregano, basil or other favorite Italian seasonings

*For a vegan egg, you can either use an egg replace like THIS (which is my personal favorite).  Or, you can make a flax egg by mixing 1 tablespoon ground flax seed with 2 tablespoons of water.



  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit .
  2. Place the black beans, mushrooms, bread crumbs, egg replacer, salt, pepper and your seasonings of choice into large bowl.
  3. Mix all ingredients together until thoroughly combined.
  4. Grease a muffin tin with olive oil.
  5. Using an ice cream scoop or your hands, roll mixture into balls and place in muffin tin.
  6. Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes, being careful not to let them dry out.
  7. Remove from oven and serve along with pasta and your favorite pasta sauce!
  8. Makes approximately 8-12 meatballs.



One thought on “Mushroom + Black-bean Vegan “Meat”balls

  1. Oooohhhh great idea adding some black beans!! I make a “meatless” mushroom meatball too but I’ll have to try adding in the black beans next time. Sounds super yummy!!


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