Easy Vegan Crab Cakes

 

For December’s Recipe Redux challenge, we played a game: “grab a book and cook!” Our assignment was to redux a recipe from page 201, 17, 217, or any combination of page number that related to the year 2017.  Confession: I only own Run Fast East Slow, and there weren’t any recipes on those pages.  So instead, I rented Isa Chandra’s Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook from the library and poof! Easy vegan crab cakes for your pleasure. 

 

 

These vegan crab cakes make a great appetizer for a holiday party, and they’re included in the New Years Day section of her book.  The original crab cake recipe calls 12 ingredients, plus 4 more ingredients for the breadcrumbs. I reduced it to 9 ingredients total and still maintained the flavor, texture and protein.  These crab cakes are baked instead of fried, so there is no oil, less fat and fewer calories.

 




 

The original recipe uses black-eyed peas.  Did you know that eating black-eyed peas on New Years is said to bring you good luck?  It’s a really big tradition in the southern part of the US (source). Knew I had to keep those in!  In addition to their potential luck, black-eyed peas contain a good dose of protein and potassium, making them a great plant-based option for runners.

 

vegan crab cakes black eyed peas

 

To reduce the number of ingredients, I chose to mix in a can of hearts of palm instead of zucchini and pepper.  Hearts of palm give these vegan crab cakes their meaty texture.  Nutritionally, hearts of palm are high in manganese and have a good amount of vitamin C.

 




 

The other change I made was with the breadcrumbs.  Frankly, it wasn’t a nutrition swap, I just didn’t have any on hand, and I didn’t want to make them.  I’ve tried out using rolled oats that I pulsed a few times in the food processor, as well as bran cereal (Nature’s Path Flakes or Ezekiel Cereal are my two favorites).  You can substitute the cereal in a 1:1 ratio.  With oats, I found that you have to increase the amount slightly, about 1/2 a cup, in order to have enough to coat all the patties.  Both turn out well, but I prefer the crunch of the cereal.  I’m all about texture with my food, so I prefer crunch.

 

Coated with oatmeal

 

vegan crab cakes
Coated with cereal crumbs

 

The vegan crab cakes are crispy, flavorful and make a perfect holiday appetizer.  It takes minutes to make the cakes and just 30 minutes to bake them.  Serve them with your favorite vegan dipping sauce, on mini sliders, or add to salads for a protein.

 

Do you believe that certain foods bring good luck?  If you try this recipe, let me know!  Rate it, leave a comment, take a picture and tag @Rabbitfoodruns on Instagram.  I’d love to see how you enjoy your vegan crab cakes!

 

 

Buen provecho,

Becca

 

 

What I used for this recipe…

 

 

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Vegan "Crab" Cakes
These vegan crab cakes are a great appetizer for holiday parties. Eating black eye-ed peas is good luck on New Years, plus they offer . Rolling the cakes in oats instead of breadcrumbs gives them
Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 30 min
Servings
bite-sized patties
Ingredients
  • 1 can black-eyed peas
  • 1 can heart of palm
  • 1 3/4 cups crushed bran flakes *see notes
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp ground nori *optional
  • salt and black pepper to taste *about 1/2 - 1 tsp
Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 30 min
Servings
bite-sized patties
Ingredients
  • 1 can black-eyed peas
  • 1 can heart of palm
  • 1 3/4 cups crushed bran flakes *see notes
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp ground nori *optional
  • salt and black pepper to taste *about 1/2 - 1 tsp
Instructions
  1. Crush the bran flakes with fork or hands to form small breadcumbs. Place ~1 cup in a shallow dish and 3/4 cup in a large bowl.
  2. Pulse the black-eyed peas and hearts of palm in a food processor until roughly chopped, so it resembles a "crabby" texture.
  3. Add the "crab" mixture to the large bowl with the crushed cereal. Mix in the Old Bay seasoning, rice vinegar, lemon juice, dijon mustard, ground nori and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Scoop 1 tablespoon worth of mixture into hands and form into a patty. Coat with the remaining crushed cereal and place on a baking tray. Continue with the remaining mixture, to form about 20 coated patties. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes, then flip over and bake for another 15 minutes. Remove and let cool on cookie rack.
  5. Serve with favorite dipping sauce or on mini slider buns.
Recipe Notes
  • For the coating, I use bran flakes (like Ezekiel or Nature's Path Flakes instead of bread crumbs.  Sometimes, I'll use coarsely ground oats too.

 

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Farrah
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I can’t eat crab, so this variation makes me super happy! :D! They look so good!

annelawton
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I love this! I can’t wait to give it a try.

Deanna Segrave-Daly
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Great recipe for good luck on New Year’s Day!

plantbaseddiane
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Can’t wait to give these a try! 🙂

Alison's Allspice
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That’s a great idea to find a cookbook at the library! My cookbook collection is small, but all the reduxers are introducing me to some great books! I just picked up some black eyed peas for the new year, can’t wait to try your recipe!

Lacey@fairytalesandfitness
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I never heard of black eyed peas for good luck until someone told me about it. In our family we always eat pork and sauerkraut for New Year’s. That is what I was always told that brings good luck but I know many people haven’t heard of that either. Which I thought was odd because I thought everyone did it…..haha.

This sounds like an interesting twist on regular crab cakes!

Ginger Hultin
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YUM these are a perfect little appetizer for the holidays!

AZ@...And a Dash of Cinnamon
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AZ@...And a Dash of Cinnamon

How easy!