Vegan Swedish Lentil Meatballs - Live Slow Run Far

Vegan Swedish Lentil Meatballs

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We have a widely popular recipe for Vegan Swedish Meatballs using soy mince, but we’re pretty excited about this alternative as well: same flavor, same level of yumminess – but the main ingredient is black lentils. Perfect for anyone preferring the whole food approach or those with a soy allergy, for example – or heck, for all of us enjoying a budget option!

If you read this outside of the holiday season, feel free to omit the allspice and cloves for a regular batch of vegan meatballs – they’re way too good to only enjoy once a year!

Makes 25-30 small balls
Total Time: 45 min


180 g (2 dl) dried black lentils, rinsed
2 tsp bouillon powder
70-80 g (1 small) onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 dl raw walnuts, very finely chopped
1/2 dl oat cream (10-15% fat)
3/4 tbsp soy sauce
3/4 tbsp yellow mustard
15 allspice berries, or approx. 1/4-1/2 tsp ground
Pinch of ground cloves
Scant 1 tbsp potato starch (corn starch will also work fine)


  1. Cook the lentils: place lentils, 2 dl water and bouillon powder in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, and then lower the heat to a simmer. Allow to simmer for 20 min, or until done. Set aside.
  2. In the meantime, sauté onions and 1/4 tsp salt in a splash of canola oil over medium-low heat. Stir frequently to prevent any burning. Cook until soft, approx. 10 min. While it’s cooking, grind the allspice using a mortar and pestle.
  3. In a big bowl, mix together all the ingredients except the potato starch – lentils, onions, walnuts, oat cream, soy sauce, mustard and spices. Then, add in the potato starch and make sure it mixes well.
  4. Roll into balls (a heaping tablespoon of batter per ball) and place on a plate. Heat up a little bit of canola oil in a pan, and cook over medium heat for about 10 min. Make sure you shake the pan frequently to achieve a golden color all around. Serve right away, or reheat when appropriate.

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3 thoughts on “Vegan Swedish Lentil Meatballs”

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  2. I love love love this recipe! I have a love-hate relationship with any kind of veggie patties/balls, but this one is my favourite so far. Do you think they could also be baked in the oven instead of fried?

    1. Hi Susanne! How lovely to hear! I apologize I’m replying so late – we’ve never tried baking them in the oven, but I can’t imagine it wouldn’t work! It’ll be important to flip them over/shake them pan a couple of times, I’d say, but give it a go! (And let us know how they turned out!)

      Happy holidays

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