Great Northern bean bites

Great Northern beans are a versatile legume, showing up in soups, sautees, casseroles, and any other dish you can drop and run with. These GN bean bites are no exception. Packed with flavor and protein, consider these your go-to meatball adjacent two-bite snack endeavor or main course accompaniment. I’m all about a meat alternative product, something you can spice up with your choice of seasoning, making use of what you have on hand. White beans are a great plant-based choice for adding nutrients and let’s be real, that extra fiber.

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great northern bean bites
great northern bean bites

We love making these bean bites ahead of time to have ready for pasta dishes or our favorite plant-based charcuterie board. If there is a vegan spaghetti in your future, get ready. A reliable “meat” alternative is great to have in your back pocket for any occasion, family gathering, or just for yourself. While the delicious white bean goes great with carbs feel free to get creative with crumbling, adding to salads, stir fries, dips + spreads, or whatever side dish makes sense.

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Hawnuh Lee

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Great Northern bean bites are packed with flavor and protein! Consider these your go-to meatball adjacent two-bite snack endeavor or main course accompaniment.

makes: 28 1-tablespoon balls | prep time: 10 min | cook time: 35 min | total time: 45 min

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great northern bean bites


  • 2 flax eggs (2 tbps flax meal + 5 tbs water)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil + 1 tsp, divided
  • 1/4 of a yellow onion, chopped (approx 1/2 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cup Great Northern white beans
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, packed
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes (or sub 2 tbsp tomato paste)
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Make flax egg and set aside.
  3. Heat a small pan over medium heat and add a teaspoon of olive oil. Sauté onion for 2-3 minutes until it starts to become translucent. Add garlic to pan and cook for another 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning.
  4. Combine onions and garlic with remaining ingredients in a food processor and pulse until ingredients are broken up well.*
  5. With wet hands to prevent sticking, form balls from about 1 tablespoon of the mixture.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.**


* I prefer to stop processing before it is completely smooth to preserve crunch in the final product, but if you want a creamy ball feel free to mix until smooth.

**You can shallow fry them in a skillet with a little bit of oil over medium after baking for extra texture.

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