Oil- and Gluten-free Baked Chickpea Balls

Healthy chickpeas, peas, corn,and broccoli are paired with various colorful veggies and rolled into these amazing Vegan Chickpea Balls! So rich and flavorful!

The recipe is plant-based (no dairy, no eggs). These vegan chickpea balls are healthy and oil-free as well.

These chickpea balls make a not-so-complicated but delicious meal that is both healthy and hearty.

Only whole natural plant food ingredients, oil-free and no sugars!

The balls are gluten- and oil-free but rich in Omega-3 fats from whole flax seeds.

Abundant in vegetables and spices, the meal is protein, vitamin and antioxidant-rich yet full of flavor and tastiness.

A perfect to-go lunch, a tasty snack or a whole dinner, these balls are as versatile as they can get!

Enjoy them plain or with our equally healthy Easy Oil-free Creamy Peanut Sauce.

Health and Weight-loss Promoting

These chickpea balls are made with the healthiest ingredients there are i.e. whole natural plant foods.

No animal products and no oils are used so that you are protected against heart disease, diabetes, even cancer!

Chickpeas and peas are probably one of the best sources of protein as well as resistant starch which is important for gut health.

Together with corn, these foods are also fiber-rich and contain only healthy complex carbs which are slow to digest, keep you full for longer and stop you from overeating.

Broccoli, onions, and garlic are abundant in isothiocyanates or organosulfurs that are shown to prevent disease and detoxify the body.

That said, fresh parsley, black pepper, curry, coriander, and cumin are also antioxidant and phytonutrient-rich, fighting inflammation, oxidative stress, and aging.

Not to forget the Omega-3 and lignan-rich flax seeds that boost your immune system and protect your brain.

For more whole food meals, check the plant-based recipes below:

If you give these Baked Chickpea Balls a try, I’d love a comment and recipe rating below. You can snap a picture and don’t forget to tag me in your Instagram or Facebook post with @wellnessdove and #wellnessdove, I would love to see your remakes!

Yield: 3-4

Oil- and Gluten-free Baked Chickpea Balls | Vegan

Oil- and Gluten-free Baked Chickpea Balls | Vegan

Healthy chickpeas, peas, corn,and broccoli are paired with various colorful veggies and rolled into these amazing Vegan Chickpea Balls! So rich and flavorful!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 cups chickpeas, cooked
  • ½ cup of frozen sweet corn
  • ½ cup of frozen green peas
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • ½ zucchini
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
  • several broccoli florets, chopped
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp coriander
  • several twists freshly ground black pepper
  • salt to taste

Garnish

  • 1 cup of frozen green peas
  • 2-3 carrots, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Boil the frozen corn, green peas and chopped carrot in a saucepan for 10 minutes.
  3. Place the onion, zucchini, and garlic in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Put them in a large bowl.
  4. Finely chop the chickpeas with a food processor. Add it to the bowl.
  5. Chop the red pepper and broccoli florets into little pieces.
  6. Mix everything, add the chopped parsley, ground flaxseed, paprika, cumin, curry, coriander, black pepper, and salt. Stir everything well and put it aside for 10 minutes.
  7. Take about a full teaspoon of the mixture and roll into small balls.
  8. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the balls.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes.
  10. For the garnish: chop the carrots into pieces and steam them with the frozen peas for 10 minutes.
  11. Serve everything together with our Easy Oil-free Creamy Peanut Sauce.

Notes

  • If you use dry chickpeas, soak them overnight (for 12 hours), put them in a pot, cover with water, bring to a boil and boil for about 40 mins.
  • When you use the food processor to chop the chickpeas, you may add some water (about ½ a cup) for a smoother texture.
  • If the mixture is not tight enough you can add a small amount of water. The chickpeas and ground flax seeds will soak it.
  • You can add different vegetables to the balls according to your taste or leave some out.
  • You can also change the variety of vegetables for the garnish. Keep in mind that more tender ones like broccoli or cauliflower become ready more quickly and you should add them a few minutes later.

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