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Vegan + Gluten-Free Hearts of Palm Mozzarella Sticks

Updated: Nov 7, 2023

Ok, so I didn't intend on actually sharing a recipe for this, and just kinda made them, but it ended up being so easy that I didn't need to keep track of a recipe, and it's delicious... so here we are! These "mozzarella" sticks aren't gooey like you'd expect, since there's no cheese. Although, the outside is crispy and the inside is soft, making them a healthy, tasty treat you can make pretty quickly!

This basically all started because I found a bag of Ground Lupin Bean at Sprouts. I had no idea what it was, but it looked like the perfect breadcrumb substitute so I got it with the intention of making these sticks. Also, I'm not keto, but I liked that it was in case I ever wanted to make these for my keto friend! Months passed and I never made them... until now! I served them with Otamot Sauce which is super tasty, organic, and filled with veggies! I told my partner it was filled with veggies after he ate it and he was SHOCKED! Haha. You'll see in the video that I got a label customized with my name... How cool is that?! You can also get your own personalized jar on their site, which may get your kids even more excited to eat this (veggie-packed) sauce if they see their name on it. And you can get excited because by using code FORKINPLANTS10 you’ll save money on their website =)

Also, because I get so many questions about it, I'm using my Always Pan from Our Place which contains a non-toxic, nonstick ceramic coating made without potentially toxic materials like PFOAs, PTFEs, other PFAs, lead, cadmium, toxic metals, and nanoparticles. Not to mention it's beautiful and highly functional. I've had this pan for 9 months and absolutely love it!

Watch the video below to see me make these mozzarella sticks. Enjoy!

Hearts of Palm Mozzarella Sticks



  • 1 can whole Hearts of Palm

  • Equal parts flour of choice and water (or milk). Start with 1/4 cup of each for 1 can, 1/2 cup for 2 cans, etc.

  • Approximately 3/4 cup breadcrumbs of choice. I used ground lupin bean which is keto-friendly

  • 1-2 tbsp Italian seasoning (unless your breadcrumbs are already seasoned)

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • Oil for frying, I used avocado

  • Dipping sauce of choice, I'm using Otamot


  1. Drain and rinse your hearts of palm. Dry well.

  2. In a shallow bowl, whisk together flour and water

  3. In a separate bowl combine the breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, garlic, and salt

  4. Cover the bottom of a medium frying pan with oil and heat over medium heat

  5. Start with one heart and coat it with the batter. Let the excess runoff and then transfer to the breadcrumbs bowl and coat

  6. Transfer to the oil and continue with the rest of the pieces

  7. Cook, turning occasionally until all sides are crispy and browned about 5 minutes

  8. Once done, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to absorb any excess oil.

  9. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

Stay healthy!


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Hi, I'm Melissa!

I'm the creator of Forkin' Plants and when it comes to food, I love sharing healthier versions of comforting classics. I'm also passionate about eco-friendly, cruelty-free, non-toxic living and healing through food - thanks for being here!

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