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Recipe prepared and photographed by NutraMilk nutritionist, Florencia Tagliavini.

These healthy and delicious vegan lentil ¨meatballs¨ can be served with rice, pasta, veggies or as a stand alone snack. They can make a great post-workout meal as they provide a balanced array of important nutrients needed to rebuild muscle protein, glycogen stores and more.

For more information about the fitness and nutrition check out the following article : Fuel Your Workout with The NutraMilk.


For pumpkin seed butter

  • 2 cups (236g) raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon Pink Himalayan salt (optional)

For lentil meatballs

  • 3 tbsp. pumpkin seed butter made with the NutraMilk
  • 3 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 batch flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax seed and 2 1/2 tablespoons water) or 1 whole egg
  • 1 1/2 cups green lentils, cooked in vegetable stock and cooled
  • 1 tbsp. italian seasoning (dried basil + oregano)
  • 1/4 cup fresh italian parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 tsp. sea salt and black pepper, or to taste

For Pumpkin seed spinach pesto

  • 3 tbsp. pumpkin seed butter made with the NutraMilk
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach, lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, lightly packed
  • 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp. nutritional yeast (or substitute with parmesan)
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


Making pumpkin butter

  • Place pumpkin seeds and salt in the NutraMilk container.
  • Press Butter cycle, set for 10-11 minutes.
  • Press Start.
  • Open the container lid.
  • Add olive oil and any other seasoning you´d like.
  • Press Mix cycle (Do not change default time) and start.
  • If necessary, set for an additional 2-3 minutes for a creamier butter.
  • Leave 3 tbsp. of butter in the container to make pesto and take the rest out and set aside.

Making pesto sauce

  • Place all the rest of the pesto ingredient sin the NutraMilk container along with the 3 tbsp. of pumpkin seed butter and mix, until well combined. Take pesto and reserve to use over lentil meatballs.

Making lentils ¨meatballs¨

  • Cook lentils according to package instructions, using vegetable stock instead of water for more flavor. Set aside to cool.
  • In a medium skillet, cook shallots and garlic until translucent. Season with black pepper.
  • In a medium bowl, combine cooled lentils, shallots, garlic, and all remaining ingredients.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Using a large spoon, portion the meatballs out and roll gently between two hands.
  • Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a skillet over medium heat -gently place meatballs into the skillet to sear, leaving space between each one. Turn each meatball to sear until dark brown on all sides, about 3 minutes, then remove to a baking dish.

  • Place in oven for about 20 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through.
  • Serve lentil meatballs with pesto with pasta, rice, veggies or however you prefer. Enjoy!