Gluten-Free Vegan Thai Meatballs

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These Gluten-Free Vegan Thai Meatballs are cooked in a creamy, mildly spiced red Thai sauce. They are addictively delicious!

Even if you are following a plant-based diet, you can indulge in these gluten-free meatballs because they are made using vegan ingredients!

meatless meatballs,

Yes, it is possible to enjoy vegan meatballs that taste just like the real thing. I wasn’t sure if I should call them meatballs or just balls. But it seemed more appropriate to call them meatballs.


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What are vegan Thai meatballs made of?

Good question! I wanted to keep them moist and firm enough so that they don’t fall apart without adding eggs. So I made these tender, delicious meatballs with nutritionally packed black beans, certified gluten-free oats and Thai spices. 

Thai sauce,

The meatballs are smothered in a mildly spiced gluten-free red Thai sauce. The creamy sauce is super easy to whip up. 

To keep it creamy, I used coconut milk. For the flavour, vegetable broth, Thai curry paste, tomato paste, tamari, lime juice and basil.

There are many ways you can serve this Thai dish.

This gluten-free Thai meatball recipe is super versatile. You can serve the tender meatballs as finger food for large gatherings, for lunch with a light salad or for dinner as an entree with simple parsley rice

The last time I served these meatballs, no one could tell they were vegan. They are that deceptively good!

Love Thai food? 

From simple soup to delicious salmon recipes, you will find a recipe here you will love! For inspiration, check out our gluten-free Thai recipes. These gluten-free recipes are easy to make, even for novice cooks.


  • 1 1/4 cup certified gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 tsp. GF dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. GF ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or 1/2 tsp. GF garlic powder
  • 3 Tbsp. melted coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp. pure tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 tsp. minced ginger
  • 1 tsp. GF red curry paste
  • 2 cups cooked black beans, if using canned rinse and drain the beans
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup GF vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbsp. pure tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp. GF red curry paste
  • 1 Tbsp. GF tamari sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. GF dried basil
  • 1 dried kaffir lime leaf (optional)
  • Pinch of hot chilli pepper (optional, depending on your taste for spicy food)
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  • Preheat oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Place oats into a food processor bowl and blend to a powder Add basil, cumin and salt and blend to combine. Add garlic, coconut oil, tomato paste, ginger, lime juice and curry paste. Blend to combine
  • Add black beans and pulse about 5 times just enough for to form a thick mixture and leaving the beans at about half their size. Do not over mix or the meatballs will become hard
  • Roll the mixture into about 1-inch balls. I used an ice-cream scoop, then place them on the prepared baking sheet. Brush with remaining olive oil and bake for 20 minutes turning them over halfway through
  • While the meatballs are baking, in a large saucepan whisk together the sauce ingredients. Cook the sauce over medium-low heat for 5 minutes
  • Add the cooked meatballs to the sauce and gently combine to coat them with the sauce. Cook over low heat for 3 more minutes. Enjoy!
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