Italian Bean Balls with Marinara

Italian Bean Balls with Marinara Healthy Recipe

4 Servings 50 min Cook

Macros/Serving: 368 Calories
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3/4 Cup, chopped Walnuts
3/4 Cup Rolled Oats
1 Cup grated Carrots
1/2 Cup Parsley
1 1/3 Cup leaves, whole Basil
2 Tbsp Sun-Dried Tomatoes
3 Cloves, minced Garlic
1 1/2 Cup Kidney Beans
1/2 Tablespoon Flaxseed
3 Tbsp Water
1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tsp, leaves Oregano
3/4 Tsp Salt
1 Dash Pepper
1 Cup Pasta Sauce
1/4 Tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes


Preheat the oven to 350F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Toast the walnuts for 7-9 minutes until fragrant and golden.

Meanwhile, add the oats into the food processor and process until finely chopped.

You want the texture to be like a coarse flour.

Add the grated carrot, chopped parsley, basil, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, walnuts, and oat flour into a large bowl.

Stir to combine.

Add the drained and rinsed beans into the food processor and process until finely chopped.

You want the mixture to be a coarse paste with some beans still intact, but don't completely puree the mixture.

Stir the processed beans into the bowl with the vegetables and oat flour.

In a mug, whisk together the ground flax and water.

Let it sit for only 15-20 seconds, any longer and it will get too thick.

Stir into the vegetable bean mixture until fully combined.

Stir the oil, oregano, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes (if using) into the bowl, adjusting amounts to taste if necessary.

Shape the mixture into balls the size of golf-balls, packing each ball tightly between your hands so it holds together well.

Place each ball onto the prepared baking sheet an inch or two apart.

Bake for 20 minutes, then gently flip the balls and and bake for another 15-20 minutes until golden on both sides.

After baking, place balls on a cooling rack for 10 minutes to cool slightly.

Serve hot topped with marinara sauce.