Ever since I discovered quinoa cakes I have been dreaming up different flavour combinations for them! A quinoa cake or fritter is pretty much what it sounds like, a mixture of quinoa with a binder such as an egg and breadcrumbs that is formed into cakes or patties and then fried until crispy. One of the great things about cakes like this is that in addition to the main ingredient you can add pretty much whatever you want for flavour! I am a big fan of the spicy and smoky chipotle, sweet potato and creamy black bean combo and I am more than a little surprised that it took me this long to throw them into some quinoa cakes!
This quinoa cake recipe is pretty simple and in addition to the sweet potato, black beans, quinoa and chipotle chili powder I added some cumin, garlic, green onions and cilantro for flavour and freshness. I decided to go with raw, grated sweet potatoes, though am sure that a recipe with mashed would work as well. One problem that I did have with the recipe was that with a full can of black beans it ended up making more than the 4 servings that I normally like to target, but extra leftover quinoa cakes are certainly a lot better than leftover black beans! In keeping with the eating healthier mantra I decided to bake the quinoa cakes rather than frying them and it worked out well! The baked quinoa cakes did not have as crispy of an outside but this insides were so light, moist and fluffy and good! I will definitely be baking quinoa fritters again tin the future!
While I was contemplating the recipe I remembered that cool and creamy avocado goes amazingly well with the chipotle, sweet potato and black bean combo and I immediately knew that me favourite creamy avocado sauce would be the perfect topping for the cakes! I served the chipotle sweet potato and black bean quinoa cakes with creamy avocado sauce on a bed of sauteed swiss chard and it made for a fabulous light, healthy and tasty meal! I do have one confession, I could not stop there and I just had to top everything off with…
…a fried egg! Pretty much everything tastes better when topped with an egg!
Of course it has to have a nice runny yolk!
Finally a bite! mmm… It’s so good! Don’y you just love a messy, runny egg yolk meal like this?
Chipotle Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Cakes with Creamy Avocado Sauce
Healthy and tasty sweet potato, black bean and quinoa cakes with the smoky hint of chipotle chilies.
- 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained (or 1 1/2 cups cooked beans, from 1/2 cup dry)
- 2 cups sweet potato, grated
- 1 cup cooked quinoa (1/2 cup uncooked)
- 1 tablespoon chipotle chill powder, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon cumin, toasted and ground
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 green onions, sliced
- 1 handful cilantro, chopped
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- creamy avocado sauce to taste (optional)
- Mash half of the beans in a large bowl, mix in the rest of the beans, sweet potato, quinoa, cumin, chill powder, salt, pepper, garlic, green onions, cilantro, egg and bread crumbs.
- Form the mixture into patties about 3/4 inch thick and place on a lightly oils baking sheet.
- Bake in a preheated 400F/200C oven until lightly golden brown on both sides, about 8-12 minutes per side.
Tip: These quinoa cakes could easily be used as patties for burgers!
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I haven't made quinoa cakes in too long, these look amazing Kevin!
Heather Christo says
Looks so comforting and delicious. I love how healthy it is too!
موسوعة الطبخ says
very nice thank you so much =)
LOVE this flavor combo!!
Adore this idea and just had to share it. Delicious photos!
Gina @ Skinnytaste says
Looks good, I wonder if you can bake them?
Dara @how_to_eat says
This looks fantastic! And that egg…absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing!
I make these all the time except i use Grated Carrot and small diced Red pepper instead of Sweet potato.
They make a excellent Vegetarian Burger as well.
Do you cook the sweet potato first?
This is definitely my favorite of your quinoa cake combos yet!
Everything is better with a fried egg on top. =)
Julie @ Table for Two says
Oh man, I love this idea of making all these delicious/healthy ingredients into a gigantic patty! And that egg on top..so much yum!
Julie @ Table for Two says
This patty is so loaded with yummy flavor and that egg on top is just divine!! I would love this for dinner since it's so healthy!
This looks amazing Kevin! Those photos!
Hi Kevin! I love all of your recipes, they are so original and always tasty! I have a question: a lot of your recipes are calling for spices that are toasted and ground. Are you taking whole spices, toasting them, then grinding in a pestel and mortar or taking ground spices and toasting them?
Hi Kevin!! Looks wonderful and I always LOVE your runny egg toppers 🙂
Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says
I just had quinoa in a chicken burger for the first time and loved it. Will have to add this to the list of things to try.
Gina @ Skinnytaste: They are baked! I wanted to make them 'skinny'! 🙂
monocot: the carrot and red pepper combo sounds good!
Anonymous: The sweet potato is raw; it will cook when you bake them.
Lyndsay: Yes, for some spices like cumin and corriander I like to use whole and toast and grind to get some extra flavour from them. You can replace it with an equal amount of the pre-ground spice and I do this when I am in a hurry.
Kimby | a little lunch says
Delicious looking dinner and hooray for leftover quinoa cakes for future recipes. Gorgeous photos, Kevin!
Made these for dinner tonight ~ Sooooooooooo good! The only sub I made was kale for cilantro. Only b/c I used up all the cilantro last night and couldn't convince myself to go to the store after work. Doubled the recipe so I have plenty to take for lunch. Thanks for the awesome recipe!
i just made these and I have two tips about making easy to form patties. First, I mashed all the black beans. Second, I used just a 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs, instead of the full cup. Cannot wait to eat these tonight.
Ok ~ these are even tastier the second day! I highly recommend doubling the recipe so there are plenty for lunches. I think this is my new favorite veggi burger recipe.
You're killing me with all that runny egg talk. It's one of the things I miss most while being pregnant! Good thing quinoa cakes are completely safe 🙂
Jennifer King says
Made this tonight… OH MY GOSH!!!! DELICIOUS!!! I paired it with asparagus sauteed in lemon infused olive oil and lemon zest, Thank you!
Yum! Can't get enough of these.
Well here’s a recipe that sounded great, but I won’t be making again. Two eggs was hardly enough moisture in the cakes to hold them together—I mashed about 2/3 the beans total just to help with structure—and when I tried to flip them, they more or less broke apart completely.