Super Easy Vegan Swedish Meatballs {RECIPE}

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Vegan Swedish Meatballs Nutballs: A fresh spin on a traditional, holiday favorite

When I traveled to Sweden, I was delighted to find Swedish meatballs, well, everywhere.

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Traditional Swedish meatballs with lingonberries, found in Gavle, Sweden. Photo by Charish Badzinski.
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Traditional Swedish meatballs, served with lingonberries at breakfast, aboard the overnight ferry to Stockholm. Photo by Charish Badzinski.
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Traditional Swedish meatballs served on the buffet on the overnight ferry from Helsinki to Stockholm. Photo by Charish Badzinski.

But as I try to eat for a healthier self and a healthier planet, I recently created a recipe for vegan swedish meatballs, which I hope you’ll love. Packed with nutty protein and fiber, these nutballs are both rich and savory, without the cholesterol of the traditional meatballs.

Swedish meatballs, or kottbullar, sold on the street in Stockholm.
Swedish meatballs, or Kottbullar, are even sold on the street in Stockholm. Photo by Charish Badzinski.
Lingonberries at a market stand in Gavle, Sweden.
Lingonberries are often served with traditional Swedish meatballs. Here they are being sold at the market in Gavle, Sweden. Because lingonberries can be hard to find in the states, I substituted a homemade cranberry sauce. Photo by Charish Badzinski.

So while RollerbagMom cooked up traditional Swedish meatballs over the holidays, I developed these tasty little vegan Swedish nutballs!

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RollerbagMom cooks up some traditional Swedish meatballs. Photo by Charish Badzinski.
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Traditional Swedish meatballs cooking on the stove. Photo by Charish Badzinski.

Honestly, side by side, they were both satisfying and delicious, and the meat-free version is sure to leave the vegetarians and vegans in your house holding out their plates for seconds. The meat-free version is just as satisfying as the original, ideal for anytime comfort food is needed!

Easy-to-Make Vegan Swedish Meatballs

Best of all, these vegan Swedish meatballs were easy to make! Just put everything into a food processor, roll it into balls and fry. DONE!

Take care not to over-process the mixture, to keep a wonderful nutty texture.

With just a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg, these nutballs also hint at the holidays, making this the perfect recipe to slap together when you have vegan or vegetarian guests coming for dinner.

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Vegan Swedish meatballs. Rich and delicious! Photo by Charish Badzinski.

BackpackMr even brought these vegan Swedish meatballs into the office, alongside RollerbagMom’s traditional Swedish meatballs. They were both met with rave reviews from his officemates.

So here goes! Check out this recipe for vegan Swedish meatballs, made with heart-healthy nuts, oats, psyllium and flax. I served these alongside a homemade tangy cranberry sauce, and with a mushroom gravy.

Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe!

The savory interior of vegan Swedish meatballs. Photo by Charish Badzinski.

RECIPE: Vegan Swedish Meatballs

Every year, around the holidays, my mother makes traditional Swedish meatballs. I made this version for a savory, vegan counterpart.


¼ cup old fashioned oats

1 T psyllium powder

½ cup raw pepitas

3 flax eggs (3 tablespoons of flax with 6 tablespoons of water, allowed to sit until it thickens)

½ cup walnuts

½ cup pecans

½ cup raw cashews

1 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon

1/3 cup onion (I used a yellow onion)

5 saltine crackers

2 T cooked potato

½ cup veggie bouillon

salt and pepper to taste

Making the Vegan Swedish Meatballs:

Place all ingredients in a food processor, blend until mixture starts to come together but still has some texture. Add a little water if necessary, but you want the mixture to be thick enough to roll into a ball.

Roll into balls and fry in a small amount of vegetable oil, turning frequently until brown.

These vegan Swedish meatballs are deeply satisfying, sure to please any nut-lover, vegan, vegetarian, or anyone who is taking part in veganuary!



Charish Badzinski is an explorer and award-winning features, food and travel writer. When she isn’t working to build her blog: Rollerbag Goddess Rolls the World, she applies her worldview to her small business, Rollerbag Goddess Global Communications, providing powerful storytelling to her clients.

Posts on the Rollerbag Goddess Rolls the World travel blog are never sponsored and have no affiliate links, so you know you will get an honest review, every time.

Find Charish on Twitter: @rollrbaggoddess and on Instagram at @rollerbaggoddess. You can also read more about Charish Badzinski’s professional experience in marketing, public relations and writing.

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