Italian Lentil Meatballs (vegan, gluten-free)
Hearty, filling, meaty Italian lentil meatballs are a great addition to your dinner table. Easy-to-make, plant-based, oil-free, gluten-free and done in under 30 minutes!
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cooked brown lentils
sub low sodium soy sauce or tamari
red wine vinegar
red pepper flakes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Cook the diced onion and minced garlic for about 5 minutes in a pan until soft and translucent (I just sautéed mine in a little water but you can use oil if you want.
Blend just the oats in the food processor until it's formed a flour-like consistency.
Add the rest of the ingredients into the food processor (cooked lentils, cooked onion + garlic, tomato paste, coconut aminos, red wine vinegar, oregano, basil, thyme, red pepper, salt + pepper).
Pulse until combined. Do not over-blend. Just use the pulse setting on the food processor. You don't want this to be total mush it should still have some texture remaining.
Form into 1 inch balls and place on baking sheet. Wetting your hands before helps the balls not stick to your palms.
Bake for a total time of 26 minutes, flipping them halfway through. When you flip them make sure the bottom is golden brown.
If you don't have parchment, use a non-stick baking sheet or grease some foil.