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Oil-Free Healthy Vegan Baked Lentil Nuggets


Oil-Free Healthy Vegan Baked Lentil Nuggets

These Oil-Free Healthy Vegan Baked Lentil Nuggets are easy to make, loaded with veggies, crispy, oil-free, and healthy! Packed with protein and healthy complex carbohydrates, these nuggets make a really healthy way to get all the good stuff in one nugget!
You can enjoy them stuffed inside wraps, sandwiches, pittas, top them on your salad, or simply dip them in your favourite sauce!

What I really like about these vegan lentil nuggets is their versatility. You can pretty much have them on anything and everything.

Need a snack? Grab some of these nuggets and dip them in some ketchup or hummus. Need a protein for your salad? Add a couple of nuggets on top of your salad.

Need a sandwich filling? – Stuff a couple of these bad boys in. The options are endless.

Oil-Free Healthy Vegan Baked Lentil Nuggets

How To Make Oil-Free Healthy Vegan Baked Lentil Nuggets:

You will need the following ingredients:

1. Red Lentils
2. Zucchini + Carrot
3. Breadcrumbs
4. Spices

What’s really cool about these vegan nuggets is the fact that they actually have hidden veggies in them. Your kids will never know!

The method is simple; soak the lentils in hot water for 30 minutes minimum.
Drain them, then add all the ingredients to a food processer, and blitz. Shape the nuggets, bake and eaaaaaaaaaat!

Store these bad boys in an air-tight container in the fridge and consume them within 4 days. You can also freeze them for up to a month!

More Vegan Lunch Recipes:

1. Easy Vegan Shopska Salad
2. Vegan Hearty Green Bean Potato Stew
3. Superfood Goodness Bowls

Anyyyway! Please do let me know how you found this Oil-Free Healthy Vegan Baked Lentil Nuggets recipe, and if there is anything you tried or something that worked better…Do drop me a comment below, or you can message me directly on Instagram or Facebook! I love seeing what my lovely readers think of my recipes!

Oil-Free Healthy Vegan Baked Lentil Nuggets

Oil-Free Healthy Vegan Baked Lentil Nuggets

These are everything you want in a nugget, they are crispy, high in protein, tender in the middle, crunchy on the outside, and absolutely perfect dipped in the sweet mustard dip that’s also featured in this recipe.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 14
Calories 186 kcal


  • 1 cup/200g split red lentils soaked in boiling hot water for 30 minutes
  • 1 medium zucchini/courgette grated and squeezed off the excess water
  • 1 large carrot grated squeezed off the excess water
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp/80g of breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika


  • Preheat your oven to 400F/200C and line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Drain your lentils once soaked and add them to the food processor along with your grated carrot, zucchini/courgettes and all the seasonings. Process until broken down and well combined, stopping to scrape the sides as needed.
  • Then transfer to the bowl with the breadcrumbs, and mix to combine.
  • Form 1-1.5" balls using your hands, and place them on your baking tray. Then press each one down gently, without breaking them, to form your nuggets.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, carefully flipping them at the 15-minute mark. Let your nuggets cool at room temperature for at least 5 minutes to help them firm up. Then serve with ketchup,  tahini or with hummus!


These nuggets will keep well in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat them in the oven make them crispy again.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 186kcalFat: 3.2gProtein: 4.4gCarbohydrates: 29.3g
Keyword crispy, lentils, nuggets, oil-free recipes, plant based nuggets, protein nuggets, vegan
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  • Reply
    2 April 2020 at 1h46

    These are amazing! We subbed roughly 3/4 cup oats (pulsed in the food processor) for the breadcrumbs and these came out perfectly. Thank you so much, I can definitely imagine using these in place of falafel, which can sometimes turn out a bit dry and disappointing. I like the color and the texture as well as the nutritional aspect of these little treats plus they play well with my other Mediterranean favorites. Thanks again!

    • Reply
      2 April 2020 at 11h34

      My Pleasure! It makes my day that you liked my recipe and that you gave it a go!

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    12 July 2020 at 0h58

    This totally did not work for me! Just a bunch of uncooked lentils that wouldn’t make patties, fell apart.

    • Reply
      13 July 2020 at 20h19

      I am really sorry to hear that. Did you read the tips I left on the post? Can you please explain what happened, and I will try to resolve the issue.
      Again I am sorry about what happened.

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