{sharing} Beetballs: Vegan, Gluten-Free Sausage

I can’t help it. I’m immature and somehow saying, writing, hearing the word beetballs makes me giggle. It rhymes with meat balls and yet for some reason evokes more pre-teen giggles from me.

In today’s episode of {sharing} I’m sharing with you a fairly recent recipe I found from Susan V. over at FatFreeVegan.com. Surely you’ve been to her site by now, right? She’s got to be one of the more famous vegan bloggers out there. And lucky for we the gluten-free she’s got a lot of recipes that are safe for Celiacs.

Why this caught my eye is because it’s using beets. I love beets.

And then I saw the fennel seed, and the spicy smoked paprika. Those are totally sausage flavors and so I had to try it. I even went and bought hot smoked paprika and fennel seeds since I don’t use those ingredients all that often in my cooking.

A couple notes about my preparation of this recipe.

I think I got all excited and gung-ho about this and didn’t read all the instructions as carefully as I normally do. I didn’t remove the pecans from the food processor before adding in the beets, etc. So the nuts probably were chopped too finely by the time everything was pulsed at the end. Oh well.

Also, I didn’t let the mixture rest while preheating the oven. I don’t know if this really changed anything for the end result but I still think they turned out¬†marvelously.

Oh and the smell of these baking in the oven people! I wanted to eat them just 10 minutes into the baking time.

The texture reminds me of falafels but the flavor definitely says sausage. Levi kept going on about how delicious these were. He’s sure come a long way.

Beetballs from FatFreeVegan.com

chopped pecans
chopped pecans


fresh beet and rehydrated mushrooms
chopped beets
chopped beets, onion, garlic and mushrooms
adding in the chickpeas & spices
beet balls
beet balls ready for the oven
close up beet balls
up close and personal with a beet ball
baked beet balls
mmmm! baked beet balls
baked beet balls closeup
a closeup on the texture of these babies


  1. Alexander says

    I am so excited to have found this site! After 15+ years as a vegetarian, I made the move to a vegan diet last September. Just recently, it’s become apparent that gluten may be the culprit of my many health issues. I was wondering if it was even remotely possible to be gluten-free and vegan (and to find any enjoyment in the food), so this website is a lifesaver!!! I’ll be trying these beetballs (tee hee) soon.

    • Megan says

      It is possible to be gluten-free and vegan and still enjoy/love your food!! :) I’m glad you found my site. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Enjoy!

  2. says

    This site is just the cooking resource that I need as a newly minted gluten free vegan. After looking over your site, I’m looking forward to trying your recipes. I have tried a couple of vegan “meatball” recipes without much joy but these look to have a more flavorful approach.

    Thanks for putting this blog together!

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