Tempeh Black Bean Bites

I am always looking for new ways to incorporate plant based foods into my diet.  Although I do eat meat and mainly go by diet of if it tastes good and is good for you I’ll eat it, I love creating recipes that can be enjoyed by many regardless of dietary restrictions.  I actually really enjoy the taste of many meat substitutes out there, my favorites being tempeh and seitan, so I work with these products once in awhile when the mood strikes.

This recipe makes use of tempeh and black beans to create versatile meat-free bites that you can use a variety of ways, as a snack or protein in your meals.  I enjoyed these with some roasted broccoli but they would be so amazing as “meatballs” smothered in some BBQ sauce or as appetizer bites with a creamy dipping sauce.  Totally up to you and your tastes! 

Check out the recipe below and let me know what you think! x SAV

Tempeh Black Bean Bites
Yields 16
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
  1. 1 package organic tempeh
  2. 1 can organic black beans, drained
  3. 1 tsp salt
  4. 1/2 tsp pepper
  5. 1 tsp cumin
  6. 1 pinch ground ginger
  7. 1 Tbsp organic minced garlic
  8. 2 Tbsp organic raw hemp seeds
  9. 1 Tbsp ground flax seed
  10. organic olive oil spray
  1. Preheat your oven to 400F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl break up tempeh until crumbled.
  3. Add black beans and mash together until completely combined and broken down.
  4. Mix in garlic, spices, and seeds until evenly combined.
  5. Spray nonstick baking sheet with olive oil.
  6. Divide and form mixture into balls, the size of small meatballs (approximately 1Tbsp) and place on baking sheet (evenly spaced), repeat process until you have used all the mixture.
  7. Spray the entire sheet again with olive oil and place in oven for 20 minutes until throughly cooked and dry to touch.
  8. Let cool at least 1 minute before serving.
  1. -You'll get about 16 to 18 "bites" out of this recipe.
  2. -These are great as a protein addition to enjoy with your veggie bowl aka great over greens or in a salad.
  3. -Can also be enjoyed as a snack plain, or enhanced with a dipping sauce such as a chipotle crema type sauce.
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