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Pot of Matzo Ball soup on the stove. You can see the broth, matzo balls, and some dill
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Vegan Matzo Balls

  • Author: Lauren Bernick of Well Elephant
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: Vegan Soups and Stews
  • Method: Oven and Stove-top
  • Cuisine: Jewish
  • Diet: Vegan


These vegan, oil-free matzo balls go into the matzo ball soup recipe. It would be a shanda to forget your balls!


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  • 3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed meal
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 12 tablespoons of applesauce
  • 1/2 cup of sparkling water (unflavored) or still water (you may need a tiny bit more)
  • 1 cup of matzo meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoons of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Pepper to taste
  • Salt optional or salt-free seasoning to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda (do not put into mixture – this is for the pot of boiling water)


  1. Mix 3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed meal with 1/3 cup of water, refrigerate for five minutes (this is called a flax egg, you’ve just made 3 of them)
  2. Mix the flax eggs, applesauce (start with 1 tablespoon), matzo meal, water or sparkling water, and baking powder together. You may need more applesauce or water. Add onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, salt-free seasoning, or salt if you are using
  3. Let the mixture stand for ten minutes. In this time, you can get a large pot of water boiling
  4. Wet your hands and roll mixture into golf ball size balls
  5. When the water is boiling add baking soda. Carefully place the matzo balls into the boiling water
  6. Let them cook in the water for about 2-3 minutes. They will fluff up and should be buoyant enough to pop up to the surface
  7. Carefully tip the pot with the lid cocked to drain the water. Refill the pot and repeat to rinse the baking soda off of the matzo balls
  8. Put them into your pot of hot soup. For best results, put the balls into boiling soup and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Keep the lid on the pot!


Keywords: whole food plant based diet, plant based recipes, Vegan Rosh Hashanah, plant based

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