Sick of the same old vegetarian recipes for meatballs ? If you're tired of quinoa patties, beetroot burgers and the stock-standard mushroom mince, we've come up with something a little different! Get ready to be blown away by our vegetarian Walnut no-meat meatballs! Makes 15 balls, serves 4 to 5.
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Serves: 4
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Dietary Requirements: Vegetarian
Author: I Quit Sugar Blog (Guest Contributor: Georgia Bellas)


  • 2 small potatoes white, grated, liquid drained
  • 1 brown onion grated
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 2 cup walnuts finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 bunch flat-leaf parsley finely diced
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 100 g feta cheese (or swap with tahini or vegan feta)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil for drizzling


  • Preheat a fan-forced oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6 and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • Add all ingredients to a large bowl and combine well with your hands.
  • Squeeze the mixture firmly to draw out the liquids and help the mixture come together.
  • Mold into 15 balls, flatten slightly and place on prepared tray.
  • Drizzle with oil and place in the oven for 15 minutes.
  • Turn the oven to grill and cook for a further 10 minutes, or until golden.
  • Allow to cool before transferring to an airtight container to use across recipes.


These vegetarian meatballs will last in the fridge for up to 1 week, or frozen for up to 1 month.
Vegan/dairy-free option: Omit the feta and replace with 2 tablespoons of tahini.
Tasty tip: If you simply want to plate these up alongside a salad, cut 1 lemon in half and add face side down to the tray before cooking. When you are ready to plate up, squeeze over the lemon juice, to serve.
Nutrition Facts
Walnut No-Meat Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 600 Calories from Fat 513
% Daily Value*
Fat 57g88%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 429mg19%
Potassium 444mg13%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 106IU2%
Vitamin B3 1mg5%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Vitamin K 3µg3%
Calcium 254mg25%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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