Lentil Meatballs (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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These flavorful Lentil Meatballs (Vegan, Gluten-Free) are smothered in a creamy cashew gravy will surely be a big hit at your dinner table especially during the holidays!

Lentil Meatballs (Vegan, Gluten-Free)


Easy Lentil Meatballs

I made this Lentil Meatball recipe today and I was very pleased with the results, I was looking for an easy lentil meatballs recipe that would be packed with flavor yet fancy enough to be served even at the holiday table and enjoyed by everyone including meat-eaters.  They actually remind me of Swedish meatballs.

I knew I found a winner vegan meatballs when I serve them and my husband couldn't stop saying how much he loves them and that they are definitely a keeper! They remind me of Swedish Meatballs, the kind you find at Ikea.

I love making vegan meatballs because they can easily feed a crowd, they are perfect for potlucks, and you can easily estimate the number of people you will be serving and make the right amount for them. My Vegan Tofu Meatball recipe is also a huge hit!

Health Benefits Of Lentils

Lentils are healthy and rich in nutrients and should be included as part of the diet: Want to gain muscles while on a vegan diet? Then you should eat more lentils. They’re high in fiber, protein, and folate. The fact is they can help you live longer, and they’re pretty much the perfect food. The little legumes have 250g of spermidine.

1 cup of cooked lentils contains:

  1. 226 calories
  2. 39 grams carbohydrates
  3. 18 grams of protein
  4. 16 grams of fiber
  5. 3.6 grams of sugar
  6. 0.8-grams  of fat

Vegan Lentil Meatballs

How To Make Lentil Meatballs (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

To make these vegan lentil meatballs, first sort and wash dried lentils. Use green, brown or black lentils for this recipe, saute onion, garlic, herbs, add lentils, along with water or vegetable broth and cook until tender and liquid has evaporated.

While lentil is cooking, make oat flour, followed by finely chopped walnuts in a food processor, then stir them in the lentil mixture along with ground flaxseeds, yeast flakes, and Bragg's Liquid Aminos.

Form into a meatball shape and place onto a prepared baking sheet and baked for 30 minutes. While lentil meatballs are baking prepare the cashew gravy.

How To Make The Cashew Gravy?

The cashew gravy is easy, you basically rinse cashews, and add all the ingredients except the herbs in a high-speed blender and process until creamy.

Pour gravy into a saucepan, add herbs/seasonings and cook over medium heat until bubbly, while stirring with a whisk.

Lentil Meatball With Gravy

These flavorful Lentil Meatballs (Vegan, Gluten-Free) are smothered in a creamy cashew gravy will surely be a big hit at your dinner table especially during the holidays!

I wanted a dish that was very tasty so I adapted the filling from my Jamaican Lentil Patties recipes.

I was going to add gluten-free flour to bind the meatballs and prevent them from breaking up, but to my surprise, the balls were quite sturdy without flour.

Feel free to add about 2 tablespoons of gluten-free flour of your choice, rice, oat flour or sorghum flour should work fine for this recipe.

I added my gravy when I'm plating my dish, just before serving, so that the meatballs aren't sitting for long in the gravy. It is delicious served with rice or mashed potatoes, green beans.

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335 kcal / 1400 kJ
21 g
13 g
25 g
Per portion

Cooking Time

20 min
1 h
Ready in:
1 h 20 min
6 Servings


Lentil Meatballs

Creamy Cashew Gravy


  1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic, thyme, parsley, paprika, and lentils to coat.
  2. Add water and bring to boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to simmer and cover the pot. Cook until lentils are tender and water has completely evaporated about 30 minutes. (Make sure lentils are dry and not soggy)
  3. Transfer lentil mixture to a large bowl and set aside. Using a food processor, process/pulse walnuts until finely chopped. Stir walnuts into lentils along with the *oat flour, flaxseeds, yeast flakes, Bragg's Liquid Aminos and salt.
  4. Preheat oven 400 degrees F. Prepare baking sheet with lightly greased parchment paper.
  5. Scoop mixture, using about 1-2 tablespoons. Form into balls and placing them on prepared sheets in a single layer until mixture is all gone. Bake for 30 minutes or until brown and crispy on the outside.

To Prepare Cashew Gravy

  1. Combine cashews, water, yeast flakes, onion powder, garlic, arrowroot, Bragg's Liquid Aminos in a high-speed blender and process until smooth.
  2. Pour sauce into a saucepan and add thyme, Italian seasonings, paprika. Heat on medium-high, stirring constantly with a wire whisk until sauce thickens.
  3. Place meat balls in serving plate. Pour gravy on top and garnish with chopped parsley.


1. Substitute your favorite marinara sauce for the creamy cashew gravy.

2. Substitute cashews with sunflower seeds for a nut-free creamy gravy.3

3. *To make oat flour,  I place rolled oats in a blender and process until smooth. I store it in an airtight container in my refrigerator and I love to use it to make gluten-free pancakes as well.

4. The gravy is thick so you might want to add extra water to make it thinner.

Lentil Meatballs

Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Carol Borchardt
    January 12, 2020

    These look amazing, Michelle! I’m always on the lookout for a good vegan or vegetarian “meatball.” I’m really looking forward to making these!

  2. Wendalyn
    January 11, 2020

    Thanks for the yummy recipe! I have been eyeing it for a while. I made it for our Sabbath meal and it was absolutely delicious 😋
    I tripled the recipe, made the meatballs small to medium sized and got about 54 meatballs so we can have leftovers for the weekend!
    The gravy, I doubled the recipe, looking forward to eating it again tomorrow, this will definitely be my go to for meatballs!!

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      January 12, 2020

      Wendalyn, thank you. I hope you had a lovely Sabbath. I love how you double it, you can also freeze the meatballs for later as well. Have a great week.

      • Wendalyn
        January 12, 2020

        Yes thank you I did!
        I plan to make them soon again and freeze, just to have when I need something quick.
        I appreciate your delicious recipes, you have a wonderful week as well!

  3. Nicole Milsap
    January 5, 2020

    Oh my this is delicious. I am eating this as I type. I will making this again for sure.

  4. Bea
    December 31, 2019

    Hi! Haven’t tried yet but for how many servings does this make? Or abt how many meatballs?

  5. Amanda
    December 31, 2019

    Are the lentils brown lentils?

  6. Barb
    December 25, 2019

    What kind of lentils are best for this recipe? Can I use black caviar lentils?

  7. Lauren Smith
    December 24, 2019

    Hi Michelle,
    I’m really excited to try this recipe for Christmas and I’m wondering, do you think I could substitute Tamari for the liquid aminos if that’s what I have? Or is that crucial. Thank you!

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      December 24, 2019

      Lauren, that’s awesome, yes you can substitute Tamari for the liquid amainos. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  8. Nadine
    December 21, 2019

    Wonderful recipe!! I will make this over and over. Thank you so much!!

  9. Erin
    December 9, 2019

    This the BEST gravy I’ve EVER had! It is so flavorful, thick, creamy…everything you expect in a fantastic homemade gravy, but without the use of animal products. It’s just perfect. 5 stars isn’t enough 😊

  10. Hillary Griffin Washington
    December 4, 2019

    Second time making this recipe this week. Had to double it because hubby really loved. I didnt use the Braggs but it still turned out great!!!!

  11. Mary Beth Moffatt-Sinclair
    November 24, 2019

    I am SO glad I stumbled on this recipe! It is simple and delicious and, as someone else said, was a big hit at one of my church suppers. It’s going to be my vegan option at Christmas dinner this year. For the church I assembled it all in a crockpot to make it easier to serve.

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      November 24, 2019

      Mary Beth, I’m so happy you found my website, thank you for your kind words. I’m so happy you love my recipe, and I love the idea of assembling it in a crockpot.

  12. Miranda
    November 24, 2019

    What can substitute for the walnuts? I have an allergy.

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      November 24, 2019

      If you aren’t allergic to other nuts Miranda, pecans taste great. If you are allergic to nuts try sunflower seeds.

  13. Alex W
    October 30, 2019

    This dish was a hit! Very delicious, thank you. I didn’t have enough walnuts so I did half pumpkin seeds and it was terrific. I’m glad I tripled the recipe because now we have enough for our family tomorrow!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      October 30, 2019

      Alex, I’m happy you enjoyed it, love pumpkin seeds substitute. Thank you for sharing your feedback.

  14. Amanda
    October 7, 2019

    My family really loved these meatballs! I should’ve doubled the recipe because we didn’t have enough for seconds. I also loved the gravy as well! I omitted the walnuts altogether and just added a bit more oat flour- didn’t miss the nuts! I will be making this often!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      October 8, 2019

      Thank you Amanda for your feedback, I’m so happy your family enjoyed them and they turned out great with your adjustment.

    • Alana
      October 31, 2019

      How much extra oat flour did you use!?

  15. Courtney Peeler
    October 2, 2019

    Hi, I am interested in making the meatballs and freezing them. How do you think that will go?

  16. Ann Marie
    September 6, 2019

    Good afternoon. What if I have no parchment paper?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      September 6, 2019

      Ann Marie, if you don’t have parchment paper, then you just brush oil directly on the baking sheet or you just spray with cooking spray. I love parchment paper for many reasons, if I use an aluminum baking pan, my food won’t touch it directly, I can easily remove the parchment paper and my baking pan doesn’t have stuck on grease, less work for me, my food doesn’t get stuck to the baking pan.

  17. Carolyn
    August 11, 2019

    Hi Michelle, you did it again! This recipe was fantastic! I have missed the taste of meatballs since changing my eating habits and this definitely met my expectations! I made enough to bring for lunch tomorrow and I’m sure it will taste even better! Thank you.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      August 11, 2019

      Carolyn, ahh, I’m so happy you enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing your feedback, it definitely tastes better the next day.

  18. Ashley
    August 7, 2019

    I cannot have tree nuts and I saw for the gravy you recommend sunflower seeds. Would I soak those too??

    • Michelle Blackwood
      August 7, 2019

      Ashley soaking will reduce the phytic acid so it can be absorbed in the body properly and blend smoother when using a standard blender, but honestly, sometimes I don’t soak myself when I’m in a hurry, I do use a high-speed blender.

      • Amira
        August 11, 2019

        Hey.. i just want to ask if lentils are soaked in water and dried or just dried from the beginning without soaking in water… thank u so much

  19. Pat Humphrey
    June 6, 2019

    Michelle, this recipe is to die for! I have made it several times and taken it to church potluck and the people love it! It disappears fast and I always bring home an empty dish. The gravy is a really nice complement to the meatballs.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      June 6, 2019

      Pat that’s so exciting to read, I’m so happy that it is loved and enjoyed. Thank you for taking the time to make it and share it with your church members. God bless you for your kindness.

  20. Erica Castillo
    May 23, 2019

    My husband and I loved this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  21. Valerie
    May 21, 2019

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing!! Will definitely be making again. Thanks for your hard work in giving healthy and great tasting recipes😊

    • Michelle Blackwood
      May 21, 2019

      That’s great to know Valerie, I’m so happy you enjoyed it, it is my pleasure. Thank you for your kind words.

  22. Summer
    May 14, 2019

    This was so good, even my meat eating family members enjoyed it! The gravy was a bit saltier than what we’re used to so next time (and there will definitely be a next time!), I will decrease the measure of aminos by about half. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      May 14, 2019

      Thank you Summer for your feedback, I’m glad you and your family enjoyed it and that you will adjust it to make it your own next time.

  23. magdalena
    May 8, 2019

    what color of lentil brown or green ?

  24. Patricia Vencato
    March 11, 2019

    What amount of lentils tp use?? I don’t see it listed…

    • Michelle Blackwood
      March 11, 2019

      Hello Patricia,
      The recipe uses half a cup of dried lentils, it is listed in the ingredients list.

  25. Deb
    January 28, 2019


    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 28, 2019

      Thank you Deb, I’m so happy it was delicious!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 28, 2019

      Thank you Deb.

  26. Katja
    January 26, 2019

    Hey there from Munich, Germany. =:o) This recipe is so damn delicious! My boyfriend said, this was the very best vegan gravy he ever tried. Thanks for that – we’ll surely also combine it with some other “meat”balls or even Semmelknödel (Bavarian stuff). Please keep on rockin’ the vegan cuisine! ?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 26, 2019

      Katja, I’m so happy you and your boyfriend enjoyed it. Wow, I love your awesome creative ideas, I’m going to research Semmelknödel.

      • Angeli
        May 28, 2019

        Hi i dont have walnuts, what can i use instead? Don’t want to make a trip to the store just for one thing.. :) thanks