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Classic Breakfast Links [Vegan]

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These little links have a firm texture and crispy outside. Just the way a good sausage should be. The addition of the vital wheat gluten adds such a great chewy texture to the links. Enjoy these little links with pretty much anything. They have a light beany flavor and pair really well with a tofu scramble and some fresh fruit.

Classic Breakfast Links [Vegan]






  • 1 15-ounce can pinto beans (about 1 cup), drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup vital wheat gluten
  • 2 tablespoons chickpea flour (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon sage
  • 1/2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a large mixing bowl pour in pinto beans and smash with a fork until you get a nice paste happening.
  2. Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix to combine. I started out using a large wooden spoon but ended up finding it easier to just use my hands) The texture should end up being slightly firm and spongy.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add in 1 tablespoon olive oil or spray with a non stick cooking spray.
  4. While pan in heating up, shape your links. I spooned out gold balls sized bits of the mixture and rolled out roughly 12 medium-sized links.
  5. Place links in skillet and heat on medium high heat, turning them every few minutes. You want to make sure all sides have a nice crisp to them.
  6. Once finished serve and enjoy!


The mixture makes about 12 links but this will depend on how big you make them. Alternatively you could make some patties too. This would be awesome in a breakfast sandwich or if you just don’t feel like rolling out some little links.

If you don't have chickpea flour you can sub oat flour or whole wheat.





Delicious, nutritious dishes to help you feel your best. Chrysta Hiser is the creator behind the vegan food blog, Noshed. She currently resides in sunny Austin, Texas where she spends her days creating dishes that not only taste delicious but are packed with nutrients that will help you feel your best. Chrysta is passionate about nutrition but also has a love for strength training and enjoys being as active as possible. When she is not tearing up the kitchen or lifting heavy objects you can find her studying or hanging out with her husband and two kitties.



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2 Years Ago

do i need to cook mushrooms first?


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