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Italian-Style Vegan Meatloaf Muffins
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
​​​​​​​Italian-style meatloaf muffins made from...chickpeas! These single serving mini meatloaves are totally vegan, pretty darn easy to make, and packed with zesty Italian flavors. Whip up a batch tonight!

Course: Entree
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 5
Calories: 208 kcal
Author: Alissa Saenz
For the Vegan Meatloaf Muffins
  • 1 (14 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 medium celery stalk, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
For the Sauce
  • 1 cup canned tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and lightly oil five cups of a standard-size muffin tin.

  2. Place the chickpeas, panko, celery, carrot, onion, garlic, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, nutritional yeast, soy sauce, flaxseed, basil, oregano, thyme and black pepper into the bowl of a food processor.

  3. Pulse until the ingredients are finely chopped and well mixed.

  4. Divide the mixture among the oiled muffin cups, forming a dome at the top of each muffin.

  5. Bake the muffins for 25 minutes.

  6. While the muffins bake, stir all of the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.

  7. After 25 minutes of baking, remove the muffins from the oven and cover the tops with a few spoonfuls of sauce. Reserve any excess sauce for serving.

  8. Return the muffins to the oven and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes, until the sauce is set and the muffins pull away from the sides of the tins slightly.

  9. Remove the muffins from the oven and allow them to cool for about 10 minutes.

  10. Gently run a knife along the edges of each muffin to loosen it from the tin before removing.

  11. If you have any leftover sauce, heat it up for a few minutes and serve it with the muffins.

Nutrition Facts
Italian-Style Vegan Meatloaf Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
Calories 208 Calories from Fat 32
% Daily Value*
Fat 3.5g5%
Saturated Fat 0.3g2%
Sodium 932mg39%
Potassium 683mg20%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 8.2g33%
Sugar 5.3g6%
Protein 10.6g21%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 3.4mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.