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Easy Vegan Eggplant Meatballs

by Capri Lilly

Savory meatballs made with roasted eggplant and mushroom nuzzled in a homemade marina over gluten-free noodles. This easy vegan eggplant meatballs dish is the ultimate nourishing and delicious comfort food.

Vegan Eggplant Meatballs

Growing up spaghetti and meatballs was my absolute favorite. It still holds a very dear place in my heart and has grown to be one of my go-to comfort meals. To switch things up, I decided to make my childhood favorite but with a plant-forward twist. 

I am so happy with how these Vegan Eggplant Meatballs came out and happy to transfer my childhood favorite into a delicious plant-based meal!

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Making these vegan meatballs is very easy and requires only a few steps. I love the versatility of these meatballs. They can easily be topped with a Sweet and Spicy BBQ sauce or, as I have done, placed on top of a bed of homemade marina sauce and noodles. (I never buy marinara sauce from the grocery store anymore after learning how to make my own incredible sauce in less than 30 minutes. You can check out the recipe here.)

What do you need to make these Easy Vegan Eggplant Meatballs

  • 1 large Eggplant: When choosing an eggplant you want to pick one that has a smooth skin and uniform color. The heavier the eggplant the better. 
  • 1 cup Mushrooms: White, Crimini or Oyster mushrooms work great
  • 1 can Great Northern White Beans: This helps to bind the ingredients together. It works well so that you will not need to add flax eggs (or eggs).
  • 1 cup Oat Flour: Oat flour, which also helps to bind the ingredients, is easy to make if you do not already have some on hand. All you need to do is blend Rolled Oats in a high powered blender or food processor until a fine grain is achieved. (which is exactly how I made my oat flour for this recipe) 
  • Fresh Herbs: Parsley is a must for these meatballs. Oregano is also a good addition. 
  • Simple Seasonings: I seasoned my meatballs with a little salt, pepper, and cumin. You do not need a lot of seasonings because the savory flavor of the eggplant and mushroom shine in this dish.
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How to prepare Eggplant Meatballs

First, you will slice the eggplant, mushrooms, and onion (optional) and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roasting the vegetables is essential as it helps to achieve the perfect texture and to create a deep savory finish for the meatballs. I prefer to dry roast my vegetables for the best results.

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After the Eggplant and other vegetables are roasted and caramelized, transfer all the meatball ingredients into a food processor or blender. Blend the ingredients for 30 seconds at a time, making sure to scrape the sides so all the ingredients are evenly combined. Blend until you achieve a thick, uniform texture with no large chunks.

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After the mixture is formed, roll the eggplant into bite-sized meatballs. I generally get about 18-20 eggplant meatballs from this recipe. 

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After the meatballs are formed, transfer the meatballs in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, flipping them (gently) halfway through. Once a golden crust has formed these meatballs are all done and ready for you to enjoy!

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How to serve eggplant meatballs

These Vegan Eggplant Meatballs taste phenomenal over a bed of marinara pasta. Banza is my new favorite gluten-free pasta. It’s the perfect texture and it is made purely from chickpea flour making it high in protein and low in carbs!

You can also have your meatballs with hummus and baba ganoush with pita to enjoy this meal Mediterranean style! My recipes are super easy and linked above. 🙂

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I hope you enjoy these vegan eggplant meatballs!

 

Next time you think comfort food, try these for a healthy, nourishing, soothing meal. If you try the recipe, don’t forget to share pics with me on Instagram! Nothing makes me happier than seeing you all enjoy my recipes. 🙂 

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5 from 12 votes

Easy Vegan Eggplant Meatballs

Savory meatballs made with roasted eggplant and mushroom nuzzled in a homemade marina over gluten-free noodles. This easy vegan eggplant meatballs dish is the ultimate healthy, nourishing, and delicious comfort food.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Healthy Options, Vegan
Keyword: easy vegan eggplant meatballs, eggplant, eggplant meatballs, gluten free vegan meatballs, gluten-free, goodfoodbaddie, how to make vegan meatballs, meatballs, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 5
Calories: 133kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large Eggplant
  • 1 cup Mushrooms
  • 1 cup Oat Flour
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 1 can White Beans (like Great Northern Beans)
  • 1/3 cup Fresh Parsley
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Oregano
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 Garlic Cloves

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Slice the eggplant, mushroom, and onion. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet and roast for 20-25 minutes, until eggplant is slightly golden.
  • After the vegetables are roasted, add them to the food processor along with the remaining ingredients. Blend the ingredients for 30 seconds at a time, making sure to scrape the sides so all the ingredients are evenly combined. Blend until you achieve a thick, uniform texture with no large chunks.
  • Scoop out a tablespoon or so of the mixture and using your hand, roll into a bite sized meatball. This recipe makes about 16-20 meatballs depending on the size.
  • Place the meatballs on the same baking pan, and roast for 30 minutes, gently flipping halfway through. They should develop a golden-brown crust on the outside

Notes

  • You can easily make oat flour by blending a cup of oats in a high-powered blender until a fine grain is achieved. 
  • If you do not have oat flour,  you can use almond flour, rice flour, or gluten-free all-purpose flour. 
  • Serve these meatballs over a bed of marinara pasta. 
  • Store any leftover meatballs in an airtight container for up to three days. These meatballs freeze well and can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, simply let them thaw and then warm on the stove. 
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28 comments

renia Butler July 8, 2020 - 5:31 pm

5 stars
I’d never thought of using eggplant in place of meat until trying this recipe. It was perfect. I am so glad I had the courage to make this dish for my family. Great job.

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Capri Lilly July 9, 2020 - 12:13 am

Hi Renia! I am so happy you and your family enjoyed it! I find that eating meatless is easy when it resembles foods that we are used to seeing!

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Shani July 8, 2020 - 6:11 pm

5 stars
I’ll have to add this to my Meatless Monday meal planner!! These look scrumptious!

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Capri Lilly July 9, 2020 - 12:13 am

Hi Shani! I hope you enjoy!

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portia July 11, 2020 - 9:31 pm

5 stars
This looks so delicous and will be the first meatless Monday recipe we incorporate into our meal plan. thanks for the photo tutorial and step by step pointers

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Capri Lilly July 13, 2020 - 7:47 pm

You’re welcome Portia! Hope you like!

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Desirée July 12, 2020 - 3:52 pm

5 stars
This recipe was soooo good!! I’ve never made eggplant meatballs until now, but I will definitely be putting these in rotation on the regular!

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Capri Lilly July 13, 2020 - 7:47 pm

Hi Desiree! I am happy you enjoyed the eggplant meatballs! They are def my fav!

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Mila July 12, 2020 - 4:20 pm

5 stars
I’m a huge fan of meatless dishes, and this one was incredible! I love eggplant and this was one of the most perfect ways to use it!

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Capri Lilly July 13, 2020 - 7:48 pm

Hi Mila! I am a HUGE fan of eggplant too! Such a versatile vegetable!

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Immaculate Ruému July 12, 2020 - 4:40 pm

5 stars
I love eggplant and although i’m not vegan, I truly enjoyed this meal.

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Capri Lilly July 13, 2020 - 7:48 pm

I am glad to hear you enjoyed it!

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Eric & Shanna Jones July 12, 2020 - 4:52 pm

5 stars
When I saw eggplant and mushrooms I knew we were going to love this recipe! They came out so tender and flavorful. Awesome recipe!

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Capri Lilly July 13, 2020 - 7:48 pm

Thanks Eric! I am glad you liked!

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Katrina July 12, 2020 - 7:50 pm

5 stars
This was the perfect meal for Meatless Monday!!

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Jazz July 13, 2020 - 9:38 pm

5 stars
I was surprised by how much I loved the texture of these meatballs! This recipe is now a staple in my household.

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Kelton July 22, 2020 - 2:20 am

5 stars
Such a fun (and DELICIOUS) take on spaghetti and meatballs. Being vegetarian sometimes I get nostalgic over family dinners and this dish brought back such fond memories and is now one of my favorites of all time. You’ve got to try this!

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Capri Lilly July 22, 2020 - 5:12 pm

Hi Kelton! Same here! Such a nostalgic meal! I am happy you enjoyed this healthy, veggie-loaded rendition!

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Vivi October 6, 2020 - 12:33 am

Hello,
Is the flour optional? Because it’s not appearing in the recipe.
If it’s not, could I use almond or coconut flour instead of oat flour?
Thank you very much!
Wishing you a happy and loving day!

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Capri Lilly October 6, 2020 - 2:26 am

Hi Vivi! Almond flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour are great substitutes! I hope you enjoy the recipe!

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Vivi October 7, 2020 - 12:36 am

Thank you very much, Capri! I will try it!

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Capri Lilly October 7, 2020 - 4:13 am

Let me know how it goes 🙂

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Karen M Billings December 30, 2020 - 5:13 pm

5 stars
Is the liquid from the beans used?

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Capri Lilly December 30, 2020 - 5:26 pm

Hi Karen! No, drain the beans first. Thank you!

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Tara P. January 26, 2021 - 11:23 pm

5 stars
I’ve made these several times now and wow are they good! I add a tablespoon or two of tahini and a few walnuts for healthy fats for the kids. Thank you for the recipe, it’s been on regular rotation for a while now!

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Capri Lilly January 28, 2021 - 1:57 am

Hi Tara! That makes me so happy! I’m glad you and your family enjoy the recipe! Walnuts and tahini sound like a great addition!

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