Chickpea Balls in Marinara Sauce
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This is a good basic hors d’oeuvre ball to have in your repertoire. It holds together well and can be served with a variety of sauces. This recipe calls for a red sauce, and marinara sauce is always a great option for pleasing a crowd.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 48 chickpea balls
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, plus more for baking sheet
  • ¼ cup white onion, diced small
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet with coconut oil.
  2. Heat the coconut oil in a medium-size skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the onion and sauté for about 10 minutes. Place in a food processor along with the chickpeas, flour, salt, and pepper.
  4. Pulse until combined but still chunky. Do not turn it into a puree.
  5. Roll into 48 balls and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, turning once halfway through.
  7. Serve with the hot marinara sauce.
Storing in the refrigerator:
Will keep in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days.

Freeze in a hard-sided freezer container for up to 4 months. This will better protect the balls. To defrost, put in your refrigerator overnight.

To serve, heat on a baking sheet in a 350°F oven for 15 minutes. Lightly toss with heated marinara sauce and serve with toothpicks.
Recipe by Ceara's Kitchen at