Spicy Lentil Meatballs

These hearty spicy lentil meatballs are going to give you so much life! Besides being a great source of fiber, protein, and iron, lentils are super flexible in the kitchen and don’t take much time to cook. You simply have to boil the dried lentils in water for 20-25 minutes and you’re set- no soaking required. For this recipe, you’ll be throwing most of the ingredients into a food processor and pulsing. Make sure not to overdo it so you don’t get a thin paste. You want the mix to maintain some of its chunkiness. You’ll then add oat flour and egg to the mix. The oat flour can be made in less than 2 minutes by throwing rolled oats into a blender or food processor until a flour consistency is reached.

The mix will be placed in the refrigerator so it can stiffen a bit, and then you’ll be scooping out your lentil balls onto parchment paper. Pop in the oven and 25 minutes later, your balls are almost ready! Move them to the stovetop and cook in tomato sauce for a few minutes. I enjoyed these bad girls over pasta and Brussel sprouts. You can go that route or enjoy them over a salad or make a lentil ball sandwich! One serving is 3 balls; if you won’t be eating them all up that week you can freeze in an airtight container and re-heat in the oven or on the stovetop. Have you used beans to make “meat” balls before? Let us know what kind in the comments below! Catch you soon! xo

Spicy Lentil Meatballs

Spicy Lentil Meatballs
Serves 4
  1. 2 cups cooked lentils
  2. 2 tablespoons scallions, chopped
  3. ½ jalapeno, de-seeded
  4. 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  5. ¼ cup cilantro
  6. 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1/3 cup oat flour*
  9. Salt and cayenne pepper to taste
  10. 1 cup of tomato sauce
  1. In a food processor, pulse the cooked lentils, scallions, jalapeno, garlic, cilantro & tomato paste together. The consistency should be more on the chunky vs pasty side
  2. Remove from the processor and scoop out and into a bowl
  3. Add 1 egg and the oat flour. Using a whisk or large spoon, mix the ingredients together well
  4. Season with salt and cayenne pepper, to taste
  5. Place the bowl in the fridge for 30 minutes
  6. Preheat the oven to 375F
  7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Scoop out 10-12 lentil balls from the bowl with an ice cream scoop or spoon. Use your hands to help mold the balls. Place the balls on parchment paper as you go
  9. Bake at 375F for 20 minutes, then flip them over and bake for another 5 minutes
  10. On the stove, cook these balls in 1 cup of tomato sauce for 5 minutes
  11. Enjoy over pasta, salads, or in a sandwich!
  1. To make oat flour, simply blend rolled oats until flour consistency is reached
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21 Comments on Spicy Lentil Meatballs

  1. jennai
    April 16, 2016 at 9:35 am (3 years ago)

    This is brilliant! Can’t wait to use this idea

  2. Alicia
    April 21, 2016 at 2:16 am (3 years ago)

    This looks so yummy! Can’t wait to make these… I’ve actually made bean balls before with black beans. Haven’t tried making them with lentils yet.

    • Wendy
      April 23, 2016 at 11:21 pm (3 years ago)

      yummm! i gotta try with black beans too!

  3. Lori
    April 26, 2016 at 6:59 pm (3 years ago)

    Looks so good!! I’m not a red meat eater anymore so these are a wonderful option. Thanks!

  4. carmen
    April 26, 2016 at 10:56 pm (3 years ago)

    I love your recipes, but where can I find the nutritious value of it?

    • Wendy
      April 27, 2016 at 1:47 am (3 years ago)

      Sorry- we don’t have the time to accurately calculate the nutrient content of our recipes!

  5. Naps93!
    May 10, 2016 at 10:52 pm (3 years ago)

    I guess I didn’t properly drain my lentils because the mixture came out way too runny! I ended up throwing in whole, unchopped rolled oats to thicken up the mixture, and the end product was still absolutely delicious! I ate this over zucchini noodles! Thanks so much for the recipe

    • Wendy
      May 11, 2016 at 1:59 am (3 years ago)

      omg so happy to hear you made it work out! I get SO frustrated when I have to dump food

  6. Miya
    June 24, 2016 at 2:24 am (3 years ago)

    In the oven now! Do these freeze well?

    • Wendy
      June 28, 2016 at 9:37 pm (3 years ago)

      they do!

  7. Jennifer
    July 21, 2016 at 4:06 pm (3 years ago)

    So happy to have found your blog, I’ve always loved to cook but haven’t been lately, now I’m inspired again with these quick healthy recipes. Thanks for sharing your beautiful delicious food!

    • Wendy
      July 21, 2016 at 7:22 pm (3 years ago)

      You are so welcome! xoxo

  8. Angela
    September 19, 2016 at 1:20 am (2 years ago)

    So easy and delicious! Mine somehow look even better than the photo here 😉 I think a cup of tomato sauce is nowhere near enough. I used a 15oz can of San Marzano and it was just right. I didn’t remove seeds of jalapeno and the spice was perfect. I will definitely make these again. They are great to take to work for lunch. Can be eaten at room temp too. Thanks!

  9. dc
    September 21, 2016 at 5:51 pm (2 years ago)

    could I use chia seed instead of the egg

  10. sara scott
    February 6, 2017 at 1:11 am (2 years ago)

    just came across your website and loving it ! i am vegan for about 3 months what can I use to replace the eggs?

    • Wendy
      February 7, 2017 at 2:00 am (2 years ago)

      have you tried flax eggs! they make for a great sub in cooking/baking. mix 1 tablespoon of flax meal with 2/5 tablespoons water

  11. kj
    July 24, 2017 at 2:39 am (2 years ago)

    Just stumbled upon this recipe yesterday and made it for dinner – thanks so much for it, it was delicious!

    • Wendy
      July 24, 2017 at 8:30 pm (2 years ago)

      YAY! So happy you enjoyed!

  12. Ju
    July 12, 2018 at 5:40 pm (7 months ago)

    Hi. Which lentil did you use ? Can you add pic of thrm prior to cooking in your recipes. Txs


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