The other day I was craving nuggets like no other. I was determined to avoid any frozen, store-bought “vegan” food and wanted to try to make a plant-based version of this childhood classic meal. After scowering the internet I found a promising recipe from The Veg Life. However, I did not have all of the necessary ingredients so I went a bit rogue. With a bit of inspiration from this recipe and just enough ingenuity, I created my very own modification of veggie nuggets. They were delicious, satisfying, and secretly healthy! I know you will enjoy them every bit as much as I did. Here’s how to make them!
Veggie Nuggets (GF, Vegan, Oil-Free)
For the Bean Mixture
1 can Blackbeans (rinsed and drained, and patted dry)
1 Green Onion
2 cloves Garlic
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
1 cup fresh Parsley
For the Veggies
2 large Carrots, chopped
For the Nuggets
1 flax egg (1 tbsp Ground Flax mixed with 3 tbsp Water. Allow to sit for 5-10 min)
1/4 cup Oat Flour
1/4 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
1/4 cup Cauliflower Pretzels (I use From The Ground Up, which can be found here.)
Water and Coconut Aminos for oil-free frying
How To Make
In a processor, combine the dried blackbeans, green onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and parsley. Process until smooth. Transfer the bean mixture to a large bowl.
In the same processor (no need to clean it in between, as everything will eventually be combined!) process the chopped carrots.
Fold in the processed carrots to the bean mixture, and stir until evenly mixed.
Process the cauliflower pretzels, then mix flour, breadcrumbs, flax egg, and pretzels in a medium bowl.
Using a cookie scoop, make 1” balls of the veggie + bean mixture. coat evenly with the flour mixture and fry on medium, in a skillet with 2 tbsp of water at 1 tbsp of aminos. Cook on one side until crisped and flip to evenly brown the nuggets. Continue to add water and aminos to the skillet as needed throughout the frying process.
There you have it! Serve with your favorite dips, such as ketchup or plant-based aoli. These nuggets are sure to inspire your inner child, as they pay homage to one of the most classic kiddo meals out there.