Eat Smart  |  Posted 11.20.14

Black Bean Cakes

Black Bean Cakes

This high-fiber vegetarian dish is flavorful enough to please the whole family. To speed the prep time, chop the vegetables individually in the food processor before adding them to the skillet. Another time-saving tip is to prepare quick-cooking barley or make barley the night before as a side dish and reserve 1/2 cup to use here.

Omit the hot sauce and onion if you have a sore mouth or throat. Consider serving with salsa if mouth soreness is not a problem.

Makes 10 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes or less
Total Time: 30 minutes or less


  • 2 Tbls olive oil or vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles, undrained
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup cooked barely
  • 1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • dash hot sauce, or to taste


  1. In a medium skillet, over medium-high heat, add 1 Tbsp of the oil. Sauté the carrot, red pepper, and onion for 5 to 8 minutes, or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, beat the eggs. Add the beans and mash coarsely with a fork or potato masher. Add the chiles, bread crumbs, barley, Parmesan cheese, garlic salt, and hot sauce. Add the sautéed vegetables and stir gently to incorporate. Form the mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls.
  3. In a large, preferably nonstick, skillet over medium heat, add the remaining tablespoon of oil. Add the balls and flatten into cakes with a spatula (they should be about 2 inches wide). Cook for 2 to 5 minutes per side or until crispy and brown (you may need to do this step in two or more batches, depending on the size of your skillet).

Nutritional Information Per Serving (about 2 miniature cakes): Calories 115, Total Fat 4.5 g, Total Carbohydrate 15 g, Dietary Fiber 3 g, Sugars 2 g, Protein 5 g, Sodium 220 mg

Recipe from American Cancer Society, What to Eat During Cancer Treatment