I finally made a vegan meatball that I am very pleased with! I would not hesitate to serve these to guests, not at all.
And now you all can make them too, as I am sharing the recipe.
I made a large batch, feel free to halve it if you think it's too much. It made enough for our family for supper (including a teenage boy), with some leftovers, but not enough for a whole meal more.
3 cups of cooked black beans
1 c. diced onion, sauteed till carmelized
3 cloves garlice, diced, and sauteed till browned
2 medium carrots, diced, and sauteed
Process all of the above together in a food processor. Add liquid if needed (I added about 1/3 cup)
Transfer to a large mixing bowl
1/4 c. sesame butter (ground sesame seeds)
1/2 c. oats
2/3 c. whole wheat flour
1 T. smoked paprika
salt, pepper to taste
Mix well. Form balls and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 425 F (220 C) for about 20-25 min. Don't overcook them!
Serve your favorite way to serve meatballs. We ate them with rice and a sweet and sour sauce.
p.s. I soak and cook a huge batch of black beans at once and then freeze for later use.