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Vegetarian Swedish Meatballs

  • Author: Contentedness Cooking
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Dinner, Lunch
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free


These Vegetarian Swedish Meatballs are entirely vegan and gluten free. Super easy to make with a base of lentils, onions, and tasty spices. Top it with the creamy white gravy and you have an amazing plant-based lunch or dinner in no time.



  • 2 14 oz cans cooked brown lentils
  • 3 Tbs plain oat creamer
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbs vegetable broth powder
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1  cup bread crumbs (I used gf)
  • salt, pepper to taste

For the optional gravy:

  • 2 Tbs vegan butter
  • 2 Tbs light buckwheat flour
  • 3/4 cup plain oat or soy creamer
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbs capers with brine
  • salt, pepper to taste


  1. Combine brown lentils, vegetable broth powder, garlic, onion, oat creamer in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until everything is well combined by still a coarse mix. Do not over process to a mush.
  2.  Manually mix in the bread crumbs. Set aside for 10 minutes, so the bread crumbs. Form the meatballs with your hands.
  3. Fry or bake the meatballs: For frying, use a bit of vegan butter or olive oil and fry the Vegetarian Swedish Meatballs for about 5 minutes until golden from each side. Flip them carefully around. For baking: Use a baking sheet prepared with parchment paper. You can brush the meatballs with a bit of vegan butter, if you like. Bake for about 15 minutes at 410°F.

For the optional gravy:

  1. In a casserole, melt the vegan butter, and carefully whisk in the flour.
  2. Keep whisking and slowly add vegetable broth and oat cream. Reduce to medium heat and – still whisking – bring to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook for 5 minutes more at medium heat until the sauce thickens and will lightly bubble. That’s when you will know it’s done. If you wish to add the optional capers with brine, do this now.


  • Serving Size: 1 meatball
  • Calories: 82
  • Sugar: 0.8
  • Sodium: 112
  • Fat: 1
  • Saturated Fat: 0.4
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0.3
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 13
  • Fiber: 2
  • Protein: 5