There’s a couple of M-words that I hear multiple times a week: Mindfulness and Moderation. Mindfulness means paying attention to what you’re eating, why you’re eating it, whether you’re full, etc. Think of it as the OPPOSITE of polishing off a bag of chips during a Netflix binge. Moderation is a hard one when it comes to food because it might mean once a day, once a week, once a month. I really have no idea. I guess it could be seen as the opposite of excess.
There seems to be a trend that if you’re eating mindfully and in moderation you can eat whatever you want. “It’s okay for me to eat this greasy burger and fries as long as a I do it mindfully and only every once in awhile.” Unfortunately, no matter how mindful we are when we eat that greasy burger and fries, it still clogs and stiffens our arteries. Even if it’s a holiday or our birthday, dairy products still cause inflammation and pump us full of hormones. If we only eat processed meat on a “cheat day,” it’s still a carcinogen.
For this reason, why not have some go-to recipes that you can mindfully enjoy AND that work for your health rather than against it? On top of that, what if it didn’t have to be restricted and you could eat it whenever you wanted?
Dramatically Enter: Spicy Black Bean Patties. These have tons of flavor and can be served with your favorite toppings. We find that the Sriracha Aioli makes a perfect addition, but if you’re more of a BBQ fan then our sweet & spicy bbq sauce is also a good choice.. You’ll enjoy that familiar “burger” experience without the guilt. For the full experience, be sure to include a side of Sweet Potato Fries. (drool)
This deliciousssss Sriracha Aioli is a must to put over these spicy black bean patties. It’s the easiest to make (whip it up while your patties are in the oven). Do yourself a favor and dip your sweet potatoes fries in it too…you won’t be disappointed. Plus, aioli just sounds fancy.. so you should definitely eat your burger with your pinkies up!
My husband takes a couple of these patties to work with him every single day. Needless to say, that means we have to crank out a LOT of Spicy Black Bean Patties. After dozens of batches, I smartened up and started using my KitchenAid Stand Mixer rather than mashing up the ingredients by hand. Time saving recipe hack!
Spicy Black Bean Patties with Sriracha Aioli
Black Bean Patties
- 1 red onion, finely diced
- 8 garlic cloves, minced or 3 T minced garlic
- 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed
- 2 T mustard
- 3 T hot sauce (decrease for less spiciness)
- 2 T cumin
- 1/3 cup tamari (or soy sauce)
- 2 T chili powder
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
- toppings of choice: greens, tomatoes slices, onions, avocado
- 2/3 cup cashews raw
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/2 cup soy milk unflavored
- 3 Tbsp sriracha
- 1 Tbsp hot sauce of your choice
- 1/4 tsp salt
Black Bean Patties
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Saute onion and garlic in a small pan over medium heat with 1 T water for 2-3 minutes, or until onions start to soften. Remove from heat.
- Add all black bean patty ingredients (except toppings) to the mixing bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a flat beater. If using a tilt-head mixer, lock head into place. Mix ingredients on low until fully combined (about 1 minute).
- Form mixture into 12 balls and flatten into patties on 2 parchment paper lined baking sheets.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 10-15 minutes; patty will firm up as they cool.
- Serve on whole grain bread, in a wrap or over a bed of greens with your favorite toppings.
- Place cashews in a small bowl. Fill bowl with boiling water and let sit for 20 minutes. Strain water out. You can also let cashews soak in water overnight.
- Place cashews along with all other ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Stop and scrape down sides as needed.