Contrary to what some might think, I am a SUCKER for a good bowl of pasta! When I was younger, meatballs and spaghetti = life. So as I got older and my eating habits/taste buds developed, I have adapted my recipe. As a proud supporter of plant based diets, I created these chickpea meatballs as a meat alternative. I originally got the idea from my love for falafels. Essentially, I adapted the way I make falafels to a more Italian-style recipe and BOOM, chickpea meatballs !
I love to pair these babies with some pasta, plenty of vegetables and a good tomato sauce! Personally, I’m a fan of green pea pasta, since it tastes yum and is PACKED with protein and fiber. I love chickpea pasta as well, but it might be OTT with these chickpea meatballs. And to be honest, I love both whole wheat and regular pasta as well. Or skip the pasta, mix with some sauce, through it in a baguette and enjoy a chickpea-meatball hero sandwich!
This recipe is great for meal preps too for those with busy lifestyles. Make this on a Sunday for lunches throughout the week! I added collagen peptides to to give this recipe a bit more protein, but if you pair it with a high protein pasta (green pea or lentil), you can skip this step! I’ve also added nutritional yeast to this recipe for an extra boots of folic acid and vitamin B12!
Chickpeas, 1 15oz. can rinsed and drained
Rolled oats, 1/2 cup
Garlic, 2 cloves
Eggs, 2 large (can sub flaxseed egg)
Fresh Basil, 1 cup packed
Fresh Parsley, 1 cup packed
Nutritional yeast, 1 TBS
Dried Basil, 1 TBS
Onion Powder, 1 TBS
Dried Oregano, 1 TBS
Chilli Flakes, 1 tsp
Collagen Peptides (optional), 2-4 scoops
Salt and Pepper to preference
Preheat oven to 375F or 200C
Rinse and drain chickpeas
Add all ingredients into a food processor
If the mixture seems dry, add a bit of water, If the mixture seems a bit wet, add more oats or collagen peptides
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
Split batter into meatballs of desired size, usually yields 15-20 meatballs, size depending
Spray the tops with a bit of olive oil and put into oven for 20 minutes, flipping and spraying halfway
Hope you guys enjoy! xx