February 25, 2017

Black Bean Burger Muffins

Black Bean Burger Muffins

I really wanted these to be burgers, like desperately wanted. But they, instead, wanted their identify to be muffins. The dough came out a bit too play-doughy. Rather than scrapping the batter in its entirety, I tossed on the thinking cap, lined a muffin tray, popped them in the oven and the result was perhaps even better than burgers. The food spoke to me, and who am I to try to mold it into something that it simply isn’t (insert life / identify metaphor here).

I originally made this recipe with the idea that buckwheat helps produce serotonin. Likely read this on some sort of “10 ways to be happy!!!!!!!” website not backed by research. I have not yet found any studies showing this link. However, buckwheat is a great prebiotic fiber, which in turn feeds good gut bacteria, and the gut is responsible for a LOT of serotonin production, so maybe that’s where these articles were coming  from? Healthy gut, healthy serotonin production? Honestly, I have no idea. If I find out, I will certainly update this post. But in the meantime…

What you’ll need:

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour (can use oat flour for substitute)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 4 mushrooms
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Cook 1/4 dried quinoa (makes 1/2 cup)
  3. Saute mushrooms and onion in olive oil / avocado oil spray, garlic, and coconut aminos. Continue cooking until wilted down.
  4. In a food processor, combine black beans, buckwheat flour, and egg. Pulse until smooth. Add mushroom and onions and quinoa. Continue pulsing until smooth.
  5. Line muffin tins with 6 liners.
  6. Scoop eat tin about 3/4 of the way full.
  7. Place in oven for 30-40min, until a toothpick can be pulled out cleanly.

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