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top side close up of vegan walnut meat in a white bowl with loose walnut pieces, cauliflower and mushroom on the side

Walnut "Magic" Meat

  • Author: Gigi & Sersie
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This tasty walnut meat crumble is also known as "magic" meat, and is made with only six ingredients. It's a delicious and healthy whole food, plant-based vegan substitute for ground beef. It's also gluten-free, soy-free, and perfect for meal prep.  #veganmeatrecipes #veganmeatballrecipe #cauliflower #mushrooms #walnuts #healthyveganrecipes #danielfastrecipes #magicmeat #walnutmeat


Units Scale
  • 4 cups of cauliflower (13-ounce weight, about one small head of cauliflower)
  • 4 cups mushrooms (6-ounce weight), cremini/baby bella or white button
  • 3/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp onion powder
  • 2 Tbsp coconut aminos (or 1 Tbsp regular aminos)


Preheat your oven to 350°F (or 177°C).

Pulse walnuts in a food processor and transfer to a large mixing bowl.

Roughly chop mushrooms and add them to the food processor. Pulse the mushrooms and add to the same mixing bowl.

Finally, roughly chop cauliflower and add them to the food processor. Pulse the cauliflower and scrape down the sides, if necessary. Add processed cauliflower to the mixing bowl.

Add garlic powder, onion powder and coconut aminos to the mixing bowl and stir well to combine.

Evenly spread the walnut meat mixture onto a parchment-lined or silicone mat baking sheet.

Place in the 350°F (or 177°C) oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. About 15 to 20 minutes into baking, use a closed spatula to carefully turn or stir the mixture, and continue baking for the remainder of the time.

Remove from oven, stir and let sit for 5 minutes before using.

This recipe makes about 4 cups of cooked walnut meat. 



  1. Oven
  2. Knife
  3. Cutting board
  4. Measuring cup
  5. Measuring spoons
  6. Large mixing bowl
  7. Food processor
  8. Large spoon
  9. Spatula
  10. Baking sheet
  11. Parchment paper or silicone mat
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Stovetop & Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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