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Backyard BBQ Vegan Meatballs

Meatballs are a versatile part of a meal. It can be done as a side dish or as part of the main dish, on pasta or rice. in a pita or a sandwich. However you want to use them, these Backyard BBQ Vegan Meatballs are sure to be a hit!

Backyard BBQ Vegan Meatballs


  • 2 cups canned chickpeas
  • 2 ½ tablespoons Sunwarrior Chia Seeds
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 ½ tablespoon tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons chopped basil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon celery seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon Sunwarrior Sea Salt


  1. Preheat over to 425 and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray
  2. Separate chickpeas from their liquid. Set liquid aside. Process chickpeas in a food processor.
  3. Mix chia seeds and water in medium-sized bowl. Set aside for 5-10 minutes until the seeds thicken into a gel.
  4. Combine chia egg, oats, tomato paste, basil, celery seed, red pepper flakes, and sea salt, and blend until well combined. Add a tablespoon or two of the chickpea liquid to make mixture moist.
  5. Form mixture into meatballs (12-18, depending on how big you want them) and place on greased baking sheet. Bake ten minutes, take out and turn meatballs over and then cook until golden (eight more minutes)
  6. Serve with pasta or rice , wrap them in a pita, or use them for a meatball sub.

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