Black Bean Waffles (Vegan, GF)

Chewy, hearty black bean patties cooked to crispy perfection in a waffle maker. Fun to eat and perfect for meal prepping!

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I’ve been struggling to find new ways to eat beans other than in stews and veggie burgers. I want to be more creative with my cooking but I feel pretty limited when it comes to beans. With tofu you can marinate, braise, fry, roast, bake, crumble, or just put it in stews. But there’s so many different flavorings and cooking techniques that it doesn’t get boring. Beans, however, can get boring if you’re always throwing them in chili or burrito bowls or curry. Not saying those things aren’t delicious, because they are when you add the right seasonings. But sometimes you just wanna change things up a bit, you know? Different spices, different cooking method, different texture…

So I started with black beans (because I had been eating a lot of chickpeas recently) and thought, what can I make with black beans? First the usuals: chili, burrito bowl, veggie burgers. Okay, I already have a chili recipe on my site (which needs updated photos, I know, I’m getting to it) and there are tons of other vegan chili recipes on the internet. No, I wanna be more creative. Next. Burrito bowls. Hmm, I could come up with a tasty way to cook black beans for burrito bowls, but let’s be honest. If you’re eating a burrito bowl it’s usually because it’s quick (and tasty) to throw together. So no one really wants to spend time making their own beans, and even just cooking them with some onions and spices can take a little too long. So, next.

Veggie burgers. Okay, veggie burgers are good and there’s a lot of different ways you can make them. I already have this one on my blog using almond pulp, but that’s not the most common ingredient so maybe I should make one using everyday kitchen ingredients. But I still felt it wasn’t a creative enough recipe, since again, there are so many veggie burger recipes on the internet already. So how can I be more unique? Enter the brilliant idea…black bean waffles! Making a normal black bean patty but cooking it in a waffle maker makes it 10 times cuter and more fun to eat!

I’m actually in love with this new way of cooking veggie burgers. It’s just so fun and they look so much more interesting! And they’re super easy to cook — just make your veggie filling and plop a big spoonful into each section of your waffle maker, close, and let the machine do it’s thing. In a few minutes you’ll have crispy, chewy black bean waffles to enjoy as a fancy-looking brunch or fun lunch/dinner 🙂 I hope you love these waffles as much as I do! Don’t forget to tag me in your recreations on instagram @ellielikes.cooking and leave a comment down below letting me know how you liked it! 🙂

Black Bean Waffles (Vegan)

Chewy, hearty black bean patties cooked to crispy perfection in a waffle maker. Fun to eat and perfect for meal prepping! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Keyword: black beans, gluten-free, vegan, waffles
Servings: 8 mini waffles

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 rib of celery chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 handful fresh parsley chopped
  • dash of salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp vegan worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Arrange black beans on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes. The beans should be slightly dried out and not wet.
  • Cook onion, celery, and garlic in a pan over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until onion turns translucent. Take off the stove and let cool as you prepare the next step. 
  • Once the beans have dried out slightly, take out of the oven and briefly cool. Place in a mixing bowl and mash beans with a fork, leaving about half the beans whole. 
  • Once you’ve mashed the beans, add in the cooked veggies and remaining ingredients. Mix until combined. Let sit for a few minutes as you heat up the waffle iron. 
  • Lightly oil both sides of your waffle iron so the black bean mixture does not stick. When your waffle iron is heated, add a big spoonful of the mixture into each section of your waffle iron (as opposed to one spoonful in the center, as this mixture will not spread like a typical waffle batter). Close your waffle iron and let your waffles cook. They will be firm and browned on the outsides when they are ready (about 3 minutes, depending on your waffle maker). 

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