Lauren Kelly Nutritionist

Better Health, Better Food, Better You

Vegan Quinoa Black Bean Cakes

on March 5, 2012

How about that, it’s Meatless Monday again 🙂

I am not sure if you are getting tired of all of my quinoa posts, but besides the fact that it is so tasty, it’s jam packed with protein too!  Quinoa has become popular with those who are on gluten free diets as well.  Quinoa is the only grain that is a complete protein, which means that it contains all nine essential amino acids needed for the human diet.  These cakes are loaded with protein and fiber and allow for a well balanced vegan dish.  I just love the texture and versatility of quinoa…perfect example are these Quinoa Black Bean Cakes!

Vegan Quinoa Black Bean Cakes

  • 4 Tablespoon Grapeseed oil (or olive oil)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped plum tomatoes
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (I used seasoned)
  • 1 can organic black beans, thoroughly rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups of quinoa, cooked in vegetable broth
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 fresh cilantro leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Heat 2 Tablespoons of Grapeseed oil in skillet, add green pepper and saute’ until soft for about 3 minutes.
  • Add garlic, onion and tomatoes and continue to saute’ until soft.
  • Remove from heat, combine with black beans, cilantro, cumin, red pepper flakes and allow to cool for a few minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.  Place in food processor and pulse until chunky, not completely smooth.
  • Add beaten egg and mix well.  Roll into patties, dredge in bread crumbs and place in heated skillet with 1 Tablespoon Grapeseed oil.  Saute’ at least 5 minutes on each side.  Makes about 8 patties.  I garnished with fresh cilantro and chopped tomatoes.  These were DELICIOUS!

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 322
Calories from Fat 94
Total Fat 10.4g
Saturated Fat 0.9g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 152mg
Total Carbohydrates 43.9g
Dietary Fiber 6.5g
Sugars 2.3g
Protein 11.1g

Nutritional information based on Calorie Count, not 100% guaranteed accurate


7 responses to “Vegan Quinoa Black Bean Cakes

  1. Quinoa is my new obsession. This recipe looks yumm!

  2. Lesley says:

    I love the sound of these!! I will have to try them out 🙂

  3. Erin says:

    Sounds great but eggs make it not very vegan, right?

  4. Erin says:

    Yummy sounding …. But you know they are not vegan because of the eggs.

    • Yes Erin, you are absolutely correct. I posted the correction on my Facebook page, the eggs are optional, I have made these with and without the eggs. The version without the eggs would be vegan. Sorry for that!!

  5. angie says:

    These look yummy! 🙂 Thank you for sharing on Successful Saturday!

  6. sonya engelke says:

    These look and sound delicious! Will try them this week. Thanks for sharing!!

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