If you were craving some finger-licking fritters but were concerned about the excess calories from the frying oil, then you stumbled on the right recipe! Below we will prepare Mexican-flavoured black bean fritters with red peppers, cilantro, and spices. It's a super simple recipe ready in around 30 minutes, and it's healthier than the traditional one.
By the way, our black bean fritters are both vegan and gluten-free. Contrary to the original recipe, we prepared them without wheat flour, milk, or eggs. Instead, we opted for gluten-free oat flour and vegan flax-egg.
Fried food is deliciously crispy, but with all that oil, it becomes very high in calories and fats. Moreover, those fats are likely to turn into trans fats when cooking at such high temperatures . Trans fats are the most unhealthy, and you should avoid them, or at least consume them very sporadically.
To make this recipe healthier, we decided to oven-bake our fritters instead of deep-frying them. We just brushed them with a tiny bit of canola oil to make them crunchy. The result is tasty black bean crisps with half the calories and three times fewer fats than their fried counterparts.
Of course, if you have been eating well for many days and want to reward yourself with a bit of frying, we won't stop you. Adjust this recipe as you see more fit! We suggest you shallow fry them in a skillet with a stable oil, like canola.
Once ready, dip these crispy nibbles in your favourite sauce, or drizzle them with lemon juice and serve with a fresh salad.
NOTE: The default ingredients yield about 12 fritters and each serving consists of 3 bean pancakes.