Once upon a time there was a girl who was inspired by all the awesome black bean burger recipes she’d been seeing in the blogworld, so she decided to make her own without thinking to check if she had all the ingredients in her pantry.

She decided she’d pick the easiest recipe and improvise from there. Unfortunately, at step #2, she realizes she had NOTHING that resembles breadcrumbs. No panko, no flour…uh oh, SCREWED.

She looks in her giant, well-stocked, over-filled pantry (ironic isn’t it?) and suddenly a stroke of genius hit her.

Trader Joe’s Multi-grain pancake and waffle mix!!!

No patties today! Muffins they will be! And then, the black bean muffin balls were born. Seriously, the easiest, simplest, tastiest savory muffin I’ve ever made.

Habanero Curry Black Bean Muffies

The bottoms of these guys are messed up because I forgot to grease the muffins pan…Oops!


  • 1 can black beans, mashed
  • 1/3 cup Trader Joe’s multi-grain pancake and waffle mix
  • 1 egg white or a flax-egg (dissolve 1 tbs flax seed with 3 tbs water and let stand for 2 minutes)
  • Up to 2 tbs Seasonings of your choice! (I used 1 Tbs curry powder, and pinch of Hot Habenero Salt Blend from Beyond the Shaker)


1. Heat oven to 350.

2. Roughly mash 1 can black beans and combine with the remaining ingredients.

3. Grease your mini muffin pan (or regular muffin pan) and spoon mixture into the pans. Bake for 15-20 minutes until muffins are firm on the top but not dry.

You can substitute this for corn bread when you eat chili or homemade vegetable stew!

My Recipe Self-Evaluation: I was surprised at how delicious these were. It wasn’t a black bean burger by all means, but they were fluffy, chewy, moist, and flavorful. I went a little heavy-handed on the curry, so next time I’d cut that back a little and perhaps add some finely diced onions. Apart from that, I LOVE my newly invented source of “protein-carb”!

A helpful flavor addition…since I like things HOT – Beyond The Shaker Hot Habenero Blend

Who is Beyond the Shaker? They are a company that makes premium gourmet salts.

How is that possible? Beyond the Shaker says, “Real salt should excite the senses similar to the finest five-star meal, and so we would like to introduce you to this amazing agent of flavor.  Beyond the Shaker offers several collections to choose from: the Pure Foundation series highlights natural, unrefined salts in their basic form. The Beyond Blends collection contains chef-crafted blends that marry superior salts with only the finest ingredients. Our unique Wet Salts combine exotic oils with unrefined salts.”

Hot Habenero Blend (on the Right)

Tastiness: 9/10. The ingredients say it all. You might be thinking, HOW does one review salt?? Simple! This isn’t JUST salt. Apart from providing plenty of saltiness like regular salt would, the blend has a bold, unmistakingly spicy, aromatic flavor profile to it. I like my things hot and flavorful, and this blend offered the complex flavors I was looking for – almost as if it were a hot sauce, a spice blend, and salt all in 1.

If you’d like to check out Beyond the Salt company and their BIJILLIONS Of other flavors, check out their website here. To get you started, think: Bolivian Rose, Bamboo Jade, Citrus Basil, and Cyprus Black Lava.

*Disclaimer” The product reviewed is a complimentary sample from Beyond the Salt. This by no means has an impact on the product reviews given. All opinions of the products are independently formed and reflect my own personal opinions.

And there you have it. Muffins made out of an unlikely product! Success!!

What have you created lately with a product/ingredient that isn’t made to do that job? In what ways do you think out of the box?? 🙂

(For me, rarely, so I’m super proud of these my muffies!)