Black Bean Sweet Potato Patties

Black Bean Sweet Potato Patties

This recipe is the result of some brand work I did with a client using a new combi steam microwave from Panasonic. The microwave has a few different functions including a grill function which gives an air fryer-type result. The brief was to create a fun appetizer or kid-friendly after-school snack. The recipe would work really well as a fun appetizer for guests but we actually don’t do snacks in our family (not great for blood sugar) so I turned these into a meal by adding them to a Mexican-style bowl with salad and corn chips etc. They work really wonderfully with a Mexican-style grilled corn salad, enchilada sauce and guac. The patties are also a great lunch box idea for little ones. You can roll the mixture into balls of any size. Smaller balls would be a great protein and veggie-packed option for a kid’s (or adult’s) lunch.

I appreciate the fact that not everyone has this microwave so as I share this recipe I will give options for different ways to cook these little patties to get the same result. The patties have a slightly sweet taste from the sweet potatoes. The ingredients in the patties remind me of something I would put into enchiladas so I liked to serve them with an enchilada sauce and lots of guac. The patties can be cooked in an air fryer or an oven (or of course the Panasonic combination microwave). You can swap out the black beans for any other beans of your choice.

The recipe is vegan and can easily be made gluten-free by using gluten-free bread crumbs. If you are interested in purchasing a combination steam microwave please visit this link and check out my Instagram reels on how to use the microwave to create this recipe.

Black Bean Sweet Potato Patties
Recipe type: Savoury
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Serves: 12-16
  • 2 small-medium sized sweet potatoes
  • 1 brown onion
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp taco seasoning (or to taste)
  • 1 flax egg (1 TBSP ground flaxseeds mixed with 3 TBSP water)
  • 1 x 400g black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 6 TBSP bread crumbs (use gluten-free if necessary)
  1. Pierce sweet potato with a fork all over. Place in the microwave and microwave for about 20 minutes until the sweet potato is cooked.
  2. In the meantime, add all remaining ingredients to a food processor. Once the sweet potatoes are cooked, slice them lengthways and add sweet potato flesh to the food processor.
  3. Process until a tacky mixture forms.
  4. Roll into balls and cook in an air fryer for 10 - 12 minutes or cook in the oven at 200C for 30 minutes.



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