Meatless Monday: Mushroom and Black Bean “Meatballs” {Gluten Free}


Happy Meatless Monday once again! I have to be honest,  have been CRAZY BUSY and spent this past weekend in New York City assisting my first DVRT Level 1 Certification and then taking the HKC (Hardcore Kettlebell Certification) the next day.  Actually, I spent most of Friday at the Monday Campaign Headquarters too so I honestly haven’t had a lot of time to dedicate to recipe making/blogging so I present to you one of my favorite meatless recipes from the archives.

I wouldn’t be resharing these meatless “meatballs” if they didn’t kick some serious butt- they’re honestly one of the recipes that I am most proud of making and worth a second glance if I do say so myself.  

So, since it’s been nearly a year since they last made their debut, I present to you (again) Mushroom and Black Bean Meatless “Meatballs”…..
Black Bean + Mushroom "Meatballs" Recipe {gluten free, meatless, vegetarian, dairy free}

 

I have been wanting to make meatless “meatballs” for a while now but I was just never sure where to start.  There are so many variations using different kinds of beans or tempeh or quinoa and I haven’t had enough time lately to really play around with all the different possible ingredients.  

Plus, I like to keep things simple.  When I was scouring the internet for inspiration, there were recipes with a laundry list of ingredients- literally like 20 ingredients long.  My rule of thumb is if it seems overwhelming to me then it will most likely be overwhelming to most other home cooks and that’s not how I roll.  I always try to keep my recipes as simple as possible.

SO after a bit of brainstorming it dawned on me that I would only really need beans (I chose black), mushrooms to make it “meaty”, a bit of gluten free bread crumbs and some egg to bind it all together.  Annnnnd BOOM- super simple meatless “meatballs” were born.  Top it off with a little homemade marinara and you’ve got yourself a tasty meal- I promise you won’t even miss the meat 😉

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 Mushroom Black Bean "Meatballs" {Gluten Free}   Oh, and did I mention they are baked? Not only does it make them healthier but it also is way less mess.  Just grease a muffin tin (I used a mini one), place your meat-a-less-a-balls in and bake. No muss, no fuss and just as tasty. Mushroom Black Bean "Meatballs" {Gluten Free}Mushroom Black Bean "Meatlballs" {Gluten Free}


Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 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 (I used Ian’s brand)
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh parsley for garnish 

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place black beans, mushrooms, bread crumbs, egg, salt, pepper and seasonings into large bowl.
  3. Mash all ingredients together until thoroughly combined. 
  4. Grease muffin tin with olive oil or butter. 
  5. Roll mixture into appropriate size balls and place in muffin tin. 
  6. Bake for approximately 12-15, being careful not to let them dry out. 
  7. Remove from oven and serve along with your choice of marinara sauce. 
  8. Garnish with parsley to make it pretty 😉 

Makes approximately 15 mini “meatballs” or 8-10 larger “meatballs”.


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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!

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79 Comments

lindsay
Reply January 5, 2015

these look TO DIE FOR! i can't wait to try! Savory, healthy, meatless, goodness!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 5, 2015

    Why, thank you! They really are quite delish! :)

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply January 5, 2015

ooh creative! Those looks really yummy and would be a great addition to spaghetti squash noodles. I'm saving those thanks for sharing!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 5, 2015

    Yes! These would be great with squash noodles!!!

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply January 5, 2015

I wish I could do beans, but I love the mushroom (perhaps I could do with zucchini or something instead) and the fact that they are baked!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 5, 2015

    Aw, boo! So sad you can't do beans :( Definitely something like zucchini would work or may rice or quinoa?

CARLA
Reply January 5, 2015

YES WE NEEEEED this atop our spiralized noodles.
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 5, 2015

    These would be perfect atop zoodles!!!

Jennifer F
Reply January 5, 2015

Gimme a bowl full of these please!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 5, 2015

    Haha, I had to refrain from eating the entire batch of them- they are delish! :)

Rachel
Reply January 5, 2015

Oh my gosh, thank you for posting this! I love(d) meatballs but am scared to eat them now that I rarely eat meat! Your photos made my mouth water. Yum!!

    aelicatese
    Reply January 5, 2015

    Yay- glad you can eat them!!! You won't even miss the meat, promise! :)

Sarah
Reply January 5, 2015

Yum, I can't wait to try these! Pinned for later this week, I'm think we will try them with rice and a mushroom sauce too!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 5, 2015

    Oooh those sound like the perfect additions! Hope you enjoy :)

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply January 5, 2015

Hmmm, I'm sure they are delicious, but can you believe I don't like beans OR mushrooms? It's really a shame because I know they both are super healthy.
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 5, 2015

    Whaaat? That makes me sad :( , haha! I will have to come up with a mushroom-less and bean-less recipe for you soon :)

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply January 5, 2015

Ooooh, great recipe! It's nice to have a veggie alternative to meatballs. Pinning this one!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 5, 2015

    Yay! Hope you enjoy :)

Courtney @ Running For Cupcakes
Reply January 5, 2015

These sound sooo good! I'm going to have to make my roommate try these. She loves meatballs and thinks I'm crazy for being a vegetarian :)
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 5, 2015

    These would be a great compromise! :D

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply January 5, 2015

well these sound yummy and simple enough! thanks for keeping it easy!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 5, 2015

    You're welcome! ;)

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply January 5, 2015

Well this is going on the Pinterest board! So smart to bake them in a muffin tin!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 6, 2015

    Haha, thanks! I had a small stroke of genius for a second- it has now left me :P

Pragati // Simple Medicine
Reply January 5, 2015

YUM! I love faux meatballs. All the pre-made ones are full of soy and usually a long list of ingredients. This recipe is AWESOME.
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 6, 2015

    Thanks! Definitely way better than prepackaged meatless alternatives :)

Farrah
Reply January 5, 2015

Oh em geeee. I saw this on my feed earlier today and have been waiting all day to comment! <3 I've actually been eating a lot more meatless dishes lately (mostly out of laziness ._. veggies are so much quicker to prepare and I haven't been lifting lately, so I don't feel that I need the usual surplus of protein, haha). I can't wait to try this out! <3 I love baked meatballs, and I have a can of black beans! *fistpump fistpump*
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 6, 2015

    Woot woot! I have been big into veggie lately too for the same reason- so much easier to prepare, haha! Hope you enjoy, let me know what you think :)

Jess @hellotofit
Reply January 6, 2015

I love mushrooms, but haven't really had them with black beans before!! Looks delicious :)
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 6, 2015

    Thank you! :)

tiara
Reply January 6, 2015

I have to try these. I bet they would be good with spaghetti squash too!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 6, 2015

    I hope you do try them- they would definitely be good with spaghetti squash! :)

Debbie Rodrigues
Reply January 6, 2015

I'll pin this one to make sure I do lose sight of it. Black beans and mushroom must be delicious!!!!! <3
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 6, 2015

    It was! Let me know what you think if you end up making them! :)

Chaitali
Reply January 6, 2015

These look great! And baking them in a muffin tin is a great idea.
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 6, 2015

    Thanks! They were super easy and much less mess :)

laura @ scribbles and sass
Reply January 7, 2015

yum! these look delish and i'm sure you could fool anyone into thinking they were full of meat.
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Courtney Bentley
Reply April 26, 2015

YUMMMYYY Thank you so much for sharing, I have been trying to cut down on the meat lately so these will be a great addition xo C
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    aelicatese
    Reply April 27, 2015

    These are a great alternative to meat and I swear, you won't even miss the meat at all! Hope you enjoy! :)

Sandra Laflamme
Reply April 26, 2015

I would definitely try these! The bean mushroom combo sounds perfect!
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    aelicatese
    Reply April 27, 2015

    They are delicious, I really enjoyed them! :)

Carla
Reply November 9, 2015

Ooh.
My family thinks they are a bunch of carnivores :-) but you have them at black beans.

Thank you!!

    aelicatese
    Reply November 10, 2015

    You are most welcome! ;)

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply November 9, 2015

These look really good. I'm glad you had a good weekend!
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    Reply November 10, 2015

    Thank you! :)

Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Reply November 9, 2015

I love making "bean-balls"! Haha so great and satisfying for some zoodles or what not!

    aelicatese
    Reply November 10, 2015

    So true! I need to try these with zoodles some time!

Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs
Reply November 9, 2015

I love that they are baked! Anything to make life a little easier. I'm glad you had fun at your certifications. I can't wait to hear how assisting your first one went.
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 10, 2015

    SO much easier baking them! I can't wait to tell all about it- it was a great experience!

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply November 9, 2015

oh yum! Those look fabulous!
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 10, 2015

    Thank you! :)

Michelle
Reply November 9, 2015

Yum! They'd probably make a great burger too!

    aelicatese
    Reply November 10, 2015

    Yes! They definitely would- I should give that a try!!! :)

Rachel
Reply November 9, 2015

Congrats on your new cert! You're such a badass. Meatballs look tasty. I have a meatball recipe that uses almonds and they're quite good but I like the idea of mushrooms and beans!
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 10, 2015

    Thank you- it was a lot of fun! I have never though of using almonds, that sounds yummy too!

The Food Hunter
Reply November 9, 2015

These sound amazing! I can't wait to try them.

    aelicatese
    Reply November 10, 2015

    Thank you! :) Hope you like them!

Sarah
Reply November 9, 2015

Congratulations and how much fun to be in New York doing something you love.
Meatballs are something I love and hate as I don't like traditional meatballs but when we have a meal with them I want something and I haven't found a good meatball that tastes good, stays together, and my family loves but I think these just might be it and when I get my kitchen back these are going to be one of the first things I make! Thank you for sharing and Happy Meatless Monday!
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 10, 2015

    Thank you! And yeah, I even surprised myself with how awesome these came out, definitely one of my favorite recipes I've created! Let me know if you make them and what you think! :)

Sam @ PancakeWarriors
Reply November 9, 2015

You have been so busy but what a great journey you are on. I so want go get certified in kettlbells! Sounds awesome chick and I can't wait to see your workouts incorporating them. This recipe is exactly what I need right now. Quick easy and tasty. I love using mushrooms in my meatless meals they add a meaty taste and texture -delish!

    aelicatese
    Reply November 10, 2015

    It has been CRAZY but I am learning so much and am so excited about it all! You're so right, mushrooms really are one of the perfect subs for meat, they're the perfect texture!

Jess @hellotofit
Reply November 9, 2015

Can't wait to hear all about your DVRT and kettlebell!
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 10, 2015

    I am so excited to tell all about it tomorrow!!!

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply November 9, 2015

I miss you already!! Come back!! And bring these meatballs with you!
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    Reply November 10, 2015

    Wah! I miss you too- I need to see you again ASAP!

Becki @ Fighting for Wellness
Reply November 9, 2015

I'm always so skeptical of meatless meatballs, but these look and sound so delicious! I can't wait to give them a try.
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    Reply November 10, 2015

    Thank you! :) Hope you do and enjoy!

dixya | food, pleasure, and health
Reply November 9, 2015

I have yet to try meatless meatballs..pinning it. thank you for providing recipes with short ingredients :)
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    Reply November 10, 2015

    You are most welcome! ;)

Danielle @ Poor and Gluten Free
Reply November 9, 2015

Ooh your meatballs look awesome and so simple! Thanks for hosting, this week I'm sharing my sea-salted peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies and a how-to for cooking root veggies and squash in a crock pot (it's so easy).
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Amanda
Reply November 9, 2015

It sounds like you had a really fun weekend! I saw a bunch of your pictures on Facebook :) These "meatballs" look really tasty. I've never tried meatless meatballs!
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jill conyers
Reply November 10, 2015

I can't wait to try these Annmarie! My favorite kind of recipe, real food and easy to make. Pinning for menu planning.
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Sarah
Reply February 26, 2016

I tried to make these as a first attempt at cooking meatless-meatballs. Didn't turn out too great and had to cool, then reheat in the microwave for proper consistency. Maybe I made them wrong? Not sure but was really sad since I LOVE black beans and mushrooms :(

    aelicatese
    Reply February 26, 2016

    Oh no, so sorry to hear that :( I had to really make sure they were rolled together tightly before I baked them and that the mushrooms were diced finely. Hope those tips help!

Katy
Reply May 8, 2016

These looks so great, but I don't eat eggs.. do you think a Chia egg would hold them together well enough?

    aelicatese
    Reply May 9, 2016

    Hmm I haven't tried making them with chia eggs but you could give it a try- you could also try a flax egg too- might have a better consistency :) Let me know if you make it how it goes!

Queen Meaniepants
Reply May 18, 2016

There's nothing worse than looking at a recipe and seeing an incredibly long list of ingredients that I would have to go out and buy specially for a one-ff dinner.
Thanks for showing me a meatless meatball recipe that doesn't make me want to shout in exasperation at the computer!

Soli Glass
Reply June 22, 2016

I was wondering if after I make these I can freeze them and defrost them as needed. I make baked turkey meatballs for my husband and they freeze well.

    aelicatese
    Reply June 23, 2016

    Hmmm I haven't frozen them yet but I don't see why it wouldn't work! If you give it a try let me know how it goes :)

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