Plant Based Diet Recipes

Bean Nuggets With Vegan BBQ Sauce

Bean Nuggets With Vegan BBQ Sauce

Veggie nuggets are a fun and healthy meat replacement for kids and adults alike! This particular recipe is packed with vegetables like spinach and carrots. They also contain plant protein and fiber from the beans. You’ll love them dipped in this easy barbecue sauce recipe with ketchup and other vegan ingredients! 

These veggie nuggets use white beans also known as navy bean, haricot, pearl haricot bean, Boston bean, white pea bean, and pea bean! The term Navy bean arose because the United States Navy has served them since the 1800s. They were originally domesticated in the Americas. 

I love using navy beans in my veggie nuggets because they are healthy and rich in nutrients. For example, white beans are packed with fiber, protein, potassium, and magnesium. They also provide iron, calcium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. 

Beans go great with this easy barbecue sauce recipe with ketchup too! Other ingredients for the nuggets include spinach, baby carrots, basil leaves, and cornstarch. I also use flax meal, salt, and bread crumbs. 

These veggie bites make a great snack for kids and adults!

Veggie bean nuggets

Ingredients for the sauce include brown sugar, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, water, and Worcestershire sauce. I also love to use yellow mustard, chili powder, salt, pepper, and hot sauce. It’s extremely easy to make as well. 

When you start making this easy barbecue sauce recipe with ketchup combine the wet ingredients first. All I do is whisk the wet ingredients first. Then I stir the dry ingredients separately before whisking them into the wet ingredients as well. 

This is my favorite method of making no cook sauce because it avoids any clumps. When I make the veggie nuggets recipe I use the food processor to shred the carrots, spinach, and basil before combining the beans as well. 

This way saves me the added step of prepping the vegetables individually. The next step is to form the mixture into nugget shapes and coat in bread crumbs. You will want to bake the veggie nuggets for approximately 12 minutes! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baking, beans, cheap, easy, plant based recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
resting time 5 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 340 kcal


For The Nuggets

  • 15 oz can of beans
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • ¼ cup basil leaves
  • ¼ cup flaxseed meal
  • ½ tbsp salt
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs

Ingredients For The Sauce

  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp hot sauce


Directions For The Nuggets

  1. Drain the liquid from the can of beans but don’t throw it away 

  2. First add the spinach, carrots, and basil leaves in your food processor and blend 

  3. If you are having trouble blending it, start to add a tablespoon of the bean juice from the can into the food processor as well 

  4. Once the spinach, basil, and carrots are properly shredded add in the beans and blend again 

  5. Add in the cornstarch and flax meal and blend again 

  6. You want the texture to be sticky but not too liquidy, if it’s too dry add some more bean juice from the can 

  7. Now you can preheat the oven to 350 degrees F 

  8. Spray a sheet pan with non stick cooking spray 

  9. Use a large plate to pour out the bread crumbs 

  10. Manually mold the bean mixture into nugget shapes and coat them in the bread crumbs before spreading out onto the sheet pan

  11. You should have 12 to 15 nuggets depending on their exact size 

  12. Bake them for 12 minutes

Directions For The Sauce

  1. Combine all the wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk them together vigorously until thoroughly combined 

  2. Combine all the dry ingredients in a separate mixing bowl and whisk 

  3. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients while whisking until it’s combined and smooth 


Hello guys! My name is Jessica and I am a recipe blogger who specializes in vegan and plant based recipes! I have been blogging for 4 years but I have been into cooking, baking, and creating my entire life, Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

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