Gluten Free/ Low Carb/ Vegan/ Vegetarian

Tofu and Walnut Balls


Tofu walnut balls are a great meat free alternative and delicious served with vegetable noodles.  

I loved the idea of an alternative to meat balls and wanted to do something out of nuts and vegan.  Voila…the mighty tofu appears!  The best thing about tofu is that it takes on the flavours of everything you season it with.  So you may want to be over generous with a sprinkling of the ingredients, according to your taste or add something of your own…perhaps chilli it up??.   I also think that these balls might be nice with mushrooms added too.

I use coconut flour in replace of breadcrumbs as it soaks up the moisture nicely.   You could use another flour of your choice as long as it binds well.  You can eat these alone or serve them with a yummy tomato sauce..or even a spicy sauce.   If you are serving them during the Festive season, a nice cranberry sauce would be yummy!


1/2 cup onion, finely chopped

1 1/2 cup walnuts

1/2 tspn garlic powder

1 tspn onion powder

1 tblspn thyme (dried or fresh)

1 block tofu, firm

1/2 cup water

1 tblspn tamari sauce

1/3 cup coconut flour

2 tblspns olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F degrees
  • Heat the olive oil on a medium heat and gently saute the onions until golden brown
  • Place the onions and other ingredients in a blender/food processor and mix well.
  • Take a spoonful of the mixture and form into ball shapes.
  • Place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.
  • Bake  for 30 minutes until golden brown, turning over half way through.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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  • Reply
    January 23, 2016 at 2:06 am

    Looking for healthy on-the-go snack options for my toddler. He loves tofu & walnuts (separately)! Do these freeze well?

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      Angela Coleby
      January 24, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      Hi Ann, yes they froze well for me. Hope you and your toddler enjoy them!

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    August 18, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Just made these: flavor good, texture good, maybe needs more salt or soy. Made a miso-tahini-lemon sauce to pour own. And spices could be heavier. Perhaps a vegan “cheese” sauce would work, one with Brewers Yeast in it. Coconut flour worked well. Thanks!

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      August 19, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      Fab! Glad you liked them! They definitely can be played around with spice wise..but each to their own taste!

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    libby anderson
    July 25, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Hmm not sure about these. made them for lunch yesterday but was surprised how dry they were and crumbly. definitely need a sauce to accompany as you suggest but I think with a bit of twinking because they are definitely worth a try maybe I get obtain the right consistency.

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      July 25, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      I think that they would be nice at Christmas with a dollop of cranberry sauce!

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    Playful foodist
    July 14, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Looks delicious… and I love walnuts… so that’s on my to cook list ; )

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      July 15, 2012 at 9:14 am

      Hope you enjoy them!

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        Playful foodist
        July 15, 2012 at 10:36 am

        Preparing for my exams right now, so there is not so much time for trying new stuff. But I put a bookmark on your site!

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    libby anderson
    July 14, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I don’t normally buy tofu but like the sound of these so will have a go. Many thanks

    • Reply
      July 15, 2012 at 9:14 am

      Hope you enjoy them Libby…you may want to play around with the spices to your own tastes perhaps?

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