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I've tried various vegan sausage recipes (using wheat gluten, using smashed cooked beans, using chickpea flour, you name it) and although they have tasted okay (thank you, nutritional yeast), they have never held their shape. Here is an example of the type of recipe I have tried.

Does anyone have any tried-and-true tips or go-to recipes? I love the idea of being creative with adding different ingredients, but I'm frustrated at the crumbly texture which I always seem to end up with.

I've tried various vegan sausage recipes (using wheat gluten, using smashed cooked beans, using chickpea flour, you name it) and although they have tasted okay (thank you, nutritional yeast), they have never held their shape. [Here](https://www.artisticvegan.com/blog/smoked-apple-sage-sausages-vegan-soy-oil-gluten-free-av-show-35) is an example of the type of recipe I have tried. Does anyone have any tried-and-true tips or go-to recipes? I love the idea of being creative with adding different ingredients, but I'm frustrated at the crumbly texture which I always seem to end up with.

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[–] mathwitch [OP] 2 points (+2|-0)

Thanks! Most of the recipes I have tried involved a similar steaming method. Did you steam or bake them? Did you use the sausage casings that this recipe mentions as an optional step?

[–] InvisibleWoman 1 points (+1|-0)

So first I steamed them and fried some of them in a pan and baked some in the oven, both worked. I didn't make any casings because it seemed like a faff and it was already a high effort recipe, but they worked out. After steaming, I unrolled them and stored them in the fridge, and they got a little sticky but didn't break. If I was making them again, I'd just make sure my aluminium pieces were a bit bigger so they don't get wet while steaming.

[–] mathwitch [OP] 1 points (+1|-0)

Awesome, I will have to try these. I definitely haven't tried including chia seeds before, and that might help them hold together. The photos in this recipe also look really helpful. Thank you again for both the suggestion and your added details :)

[–] InvisibleWoman 1 points (+1|-0)

No problem, hope you like them! I think the base is quite versatile so you can flavour them however you like. Mine were a little too garlicky but that's entirely my fault. Overall I've always had good experiences with Ela's recipes for what it's worth.