Vegan 'Meatball' Subs

06 Jun 2023

Try these delicious chickpea balls 

Suitable for Vegans
Serves 8
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 40 minutes
Difficulty Moderate

Nutrients per serving

Energy Total fat Saturates Protein Fibre Carbs Sugar Salt
440 kcal 28 g 12 g 8 g 0.5 g 39 g 30 g 0.6 g


For the chickpea meatballs:

To make vegan mozzarella:

For the sub:


To make the chickpea meatballs

Step 1
In a food processor blend brown rice, pecans, and garlic and pulse until finely ground. Add most of the chickpeas (reserve ~ 200g), nutritional yeast, sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, oregano, basil, salt, black pepper, and bread crumbs. Process until ground into a thick mixture. Add the rest of the chickpeas and pulse until they are coarsely chopped.
Step 2
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees, and shape the mixture into balls using about 1½ -2 tbsp per ball.
Step 3
Pour some oil into a small baking tray and spread to coat. Place the balls on the greased tray and roll them around to coat in oil. Bake for 15 minutes, flip, then bake another 10-15 minutes until golden.

To make the vegan mozzarella

Step 4
Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour the mixture into a pot and heat over medium low until its thick and glossy. Allow to cool. Transfer to a container and keep in the fridge.

To assemble the subs

Step 5
Preheat the oven to 230 degrees.
Step 6
Cut a sourdough baguette in half leaving it connected in the back. Spread a thick layer of marinara on both sides of the bread. Roll the chickpea meatballs in the tomato sauce before tucking into the sandwich. Top with onions and pesto and tuck in the vegan mozzarella.
Step 7
Bake the sandwich for 8-10 minutes. Enjoy hot, garnish with fresh basil if desired.

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