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Spicy Black Bean Cakes with Pumpkin Seed Crema


  • Black Bean Cakes:

  • 1 package of Uncanny Refried Beans, The Better Bean Company
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • ½ cup gluten-free oats
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed
  • 4 green onions, sliced (plus extra for garnish)
  • Juice and zest from 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Crema

  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup plain unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Grease two large baking sheets.
  2. For the cakes, mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Form the mixture into small patties (2 tablespoons each), and place on prepared baking sheets (Note: wet hands, if necessary, to form patties). Bake for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  3. For the crema, add all ingredients into a food processor or blender and process on high until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  4. To serve, top each cake with 1 teaspoon of crema and garnish with thinly sliced green onion.

Serving Size:

Serving Size: 3 black bean cakes + 1 tablespoon crema Servings Per Recipe: 8

Nutrition Per Serving:

Nutrition Per Serving: Protein 8.2g (17%), Dietary Fiber 6.6g (26%), Calcium 46.8mg (5%), Folate 46.2mcg (12%), Omega-3 1.2 g (100%), Iron 2.8mg (16%)

Other information you may want to know:

Calories: 243

Fat: 12g — Saturated (1g), Trans (0g), Cholesterol (0g)

Vitamin C (8%), Vitamin B1 (6%), Vitamin D (2%)

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