These savory mini cakes can be whipped up in no time using leftover quinoa, roasted sweet potatoes, and black beans!

The yummy, flavorful cakes in this recipe taste similar to a black bean-based falafel or even a savory, sweet potato latke. Whatever they remind you of, these crispy yet tender cakes are downright scrumptious and kid-friendly! You start with quinoa, a pseudo-grain that’s actually a seed, to create the protein base. Combine the mineral-rich quinoa with black beans, a dairy-free calcium alternative, and this recipe gets an A+ for bone health. Finally, they are simply spiced with cumin and lime juice to give these cakes a Mexican twist. Caution: these savory cakes are addictive!

Sweet Potato Black Bean Mini Cakes

Yields

24 small cakes (2” in diameter)

Cook Time

10 minutes

Total Time

40 minutes (includes cooking time for pressure-cooked sweet potatoes and quinoa)

Ingredients
  • 2 c cooked quinoa
  • 1 c black beans drained and rinsed 
  • 4 Tbs cassava flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1 c sweet potato or yam (orange-flesh potato), roasted
  • 6 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • Virgin coconut oil 
Directions
  1. Roast sweet potato in oven or cook for 20 minutes in instantpot. Cook quinoa according to package (be sure to rinse well so it doesn't taste gritty). 
  2. In a food processor, add all ingredients except quinoa, flour and salt. Taste mixture and add more lime juice or spices to your preference.Remove blade and mix in quinoa and flour. Combine well until all flour and quinoa is mixed with black bean and potato mixture.
  3. Remove portion for baby and set aside. Now, carefully mix in salt to portions for adults and toddlers. 
  4. Scoop approximately 2 tablespoons of mixture into rounded cake.
  5. In a large saute pan, heat oil on medium heat. Add cakes to pan and cook until browned on both sides. 

For the ages

For Babies: BLW

Crispy little black bean cakes for little hands to nibble and nosh.  

Portion Size:

1 cake

Ingredients:

unsalted pre-patty bean and sweet potato mixture, breast milk or coconut oil

Serving Tip(s):

After pureeing the ingredients in a food processor, scoop out some for your baby before you turn the contents into patties. Adjust consistency as needed with desired liquid such as breast milk or melted coconut oil. Serve in a mini mat.  

For Babies: Traditional

Black bean cake batter that tastes just as delicious pureed as it does in a fritter!

Portion Size:

1 - 2 tablespoons

Ingredients:

unsalted pre-patty bean and sweet potato mixture, breast milk or coconut oil

Serving Tip(s):

After pureeing the ingredients in a food processor, scoop out some for your baby before you turn the contents into patties. Adjust consistency as needed with desired liquid such as breast milk or melted coconut oil. Serve in a mini mat. 

For Toddlers

Another fun way for your toddler to explore and taste black beans, spices and quinoa!

Portion Size:

2 - 3 cakes

Ingredients:

black bean quinoa cakes, Celtic sea salt

Serving Tip(s):

Serve bean and sweet potato cakes in a happy bowl or in a happy mat if serving alongside other foods that your toddler enjoys such as Curried Cauliflower

For Grown-Ups

These little black bean cakes are so addictive, you’ll have to use loads of willpower to keep from eating them before you sit for dinner!

Portion Size:

2 - 3 cakes

Ingredients:

 black bean quinoa cakes, Celtic sea salt

Serving Tip(s):

Serve bean and sweet potato cakes alongside your favorite side dish such as Curried Cauliflower (add link to recipe) or layer inside a non-GMO corn tortilla and add your favorite mexican toppings such as guacamole, salsa, shredded lettuce and pico de gallo. 

Happy Eating!

Danielle Shea-Tan, MS, CHHC

Functional Family Nutritionist

Danielle is passionate about helping families ditch processed foods and start making real, wholesome food that is both simple and delicious. She blows our minds with fascinating "nutritional nuggets" about foods and herbs. Danielle also recently wrote a book called "52 Small Changes for the Family," an inspiring guide that helps families make one small change each week to improve their overall happiness and health. You can learn more about Danielle at HealthyMamas.com. 

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