Black Bean Cakes

7 Mar


Last Friday night was a catch up night. I had to catch up on a week’s worth of drilling engineering lectures online (lame), and we both caught up with work outs in the evening.
By the time we were done with all the catching up, it was already 9pm and we had nothing in the fridge! We also wanted to eat fairly healthy since we were running a 5K race the next morning (which we both ended up scoring Personal Bests at!).
Rafe had the bold idea of making black bean cakes with some steamed broccoli. They were crispy and delicious and full of protein. And so darned easy. It was sort of like making stone soup– I bet you could whip a bean cake together with just about anything you have around the house.


  • one can of black beans
  • 1 c corn meal flour (you could do all corn meal or all bread crumbs, but we had both)
  • 1/2 c bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • few dashes Sriracha
  • salt and pepper
  • BBQ sauce to top


  • Preheat to 400. Drain the can of beans with a strainer for a few minutes
  • Mix everything together. And don’t be afraid of Sriracha
  • Keep adding the corn flour or bread crumbs until the consistency is dry enough to hold a ball shape. Roll into balls and pat down onto a non-stick baking sheet.
  • Bake for ~5-10 min or until crispy on top. Flip. Then pour some bbq sauce on top to prevent it from drying out and bake for another few minutes.
  • Eat with more bbq sauce…

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