Spooky Eye Ball Black Bean BOOgers

Happy Halloween! To get the whole family into the Halloween spirit here is something fun you can do with pretty much any home-made black bean burger. Make it into a Spooky Eye Ball Black Bean BOOger by rolling it into a ball, baking it then adding your eye ball of choice. I chose hummus and red pepper with extra hummus on the side for dipping.  You can add carrot, tomato, avocado or any other veggie.  What a fun way to get the kids to eat more veggies! The original recipe below calls for chili spice, but it's completely optional if you choose to leave it out. You'll just need to taste it before baking to see if it needs more garlic, salt or pepper. 
Makes approximately 40 eye balls
  • 1 c cooked brown rice*
  • 1 c raw walnuts 
  • 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil, plus more for cooking (I used unflavored coconut oil)
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 Tbsp each chili powder (optional) and cumin powder
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 1/2 tsp each sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp coconut sugar 
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans*, well rinsed, drained and patted dry
  • 1/3 cup almond flour

How to Make
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cook brown rice as instructed on the package.
  3. Heat skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add raw walnuts and toast for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently, until fragrant and golden brown. Set aside and allow to cool.
  4. In the meantime, heat the same skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add 1/2 Tbsp oil, onion and pepper. Season with a bit of salt and pepper and sauté for 3-4 minutes, or until onion is fragrant, soft, and translucent. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Once walnuts are cooled, add to blender or food processor with chili powder, cumin, garlic, salt, pepper and coconut sugar and blend to a fine meal. Set aside.
  6. Add drained, dried black beans to a large mixing bowl and mash well with a fork, leaving only a few whole beans.
  7. Next add cooked rice, spice-walnut mixture, sautéed onion, almond flour and mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon for 1-2 minutes, or until a moldable dough forms. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  8. Form 1-2" balls with your hands (depending on size you prefer) and set on an oiled or parchment paper lined baking sheet .
  9. Line eye balls on the baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 12-15 minutes, turning halfway in between. 
  11. Take out of the oven and add garnish eye of choice! Suggestions: vegan mayo, vegan BBQ sauce, carrots, tomato, or avocado.
  12. Happy Halloween!

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