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Black Bean Cakes Avocado Cream Recipe

Black Bean Cakes and Avocado Cream Sauce

Black bean cakes with corn, green onion and cilantro and a little crushed red pepper, if you dare. Offset the heat with an avocado cream sauce. Make ahead and freeze too!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 cakes
Calories 144kcal


Black Bean Cakes

  • 30 ounces black beans 2 cans drained, but not rinsed or about 3 cups
  • ½ cup green onion thinly sliced
  • ½ cup corn cut off the cob (about 1 corn cob)
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs whole wheat
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • Olive oil cooking spray

Avocado Cream Sauce

  • 1 Hass avocado
  • ½ cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon or lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove minced or pressed
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Black Bean Cakes

  • Mash black beans with a potato masher or fork. Mixture will be slightly chunky.
  • Add remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Form mixture into patties about a ¼ cup each in size.
  • Allow patties to gel in refrigerator for 30 minutes if possible (or overnight.)
  • Lightly spray frying pan with olive oil.
  • Place black bean cakes in pan and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, turning only once.
  • Remove to plate lined with paper towels and allow to set for several minutes.
  • Serve with avocado cream or toppings such as sour cream or guacamole.

Avocado Cream Sauce

  • Combine ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.


Be careful not to use too much oil in the frying process or the black bean cakes will become fragile. To make ahead and freeze, prepare recipe and make black bean patties. Freeze in a covered baking tin or transfer to a ziplock bag once the patties are frozen. Defrost completely and cook according to instructions.


Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 363mg | Potassium: 343mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 5.8mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1.7mg