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Vegan Arepas

  • Author: Simple Vegan Blog
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 arepas 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Cuisine: Venezuelan, Vegan

Vegan arepas, stuffed with a delicious plant-based filling, made with black beans, plantain and mashed avocado. They’re so filling and extremely flavorful.

Vegan Arepas
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Ingredients

for the black beans

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, optional
  • 1 and 1/2 cups canned or cooked black beans (250 g), drained and rinsed, see notes
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

for the plantains

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, optional
  • 2 plantains, sliced
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

for the mashed avocado

  • 2 avocados
  • 2 tsp lemon or lime juice
  • 1/8 tsp salt

for the vegan arepas

  • 10 arepas
  • 3 tbsp chopped red onion, optional

Instructions

for the beans

  1. Heat the oil in a skillet, add the beans and the spices (cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper), stir and cook over medium-high heat for about 3-5 minutes or until the beans are hot, stirring occasionally. Set aside. If you don’t want to use oil, just add some water or vegetable stock.

for the plantains

  1. Heat the oil in a skillet, add the plantain slices and cook over medium-high heat for about 3-5 minutes each side or until golden brown. Remove from the heat, add the plantain slices to a bowl, add salt and pepper and set aside. If you don’t want to use oil, just bake the plantain slices at 375ºF or 190ºC for 15 minutes for one side and 5 minutes more for the other side or until golden brown.

for the mashed avocado

  1. Mash the avocados with a fork, add the lemon juice and the salt and mash again until well combined.

for the vegan arepas

  1. Split the arepas in half with a serrated knife. Spread the mashed avocado, add some plantain slices, some black beans and finally, some chopped red onion. Repeat with all the remaining arepas.
  2. Best when fresh, keep leftovers (separate from each other) in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Notes

  • I cooked the black beans from scratch, so I used 1 and 1/2 cups or 250 g of cooked black beans. Add more or less salt depending on your taste and also if you’re using salted or unsalted beans. You can omit it if you want.
  • Recipe inspired by Food52.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 arepa (of 10)
  • Calories: 304
  • Sugar: 5.7 g
  • Sodium: 363 mg
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 46.5 g
  • Fiber: 7.1 g
  • Protein: 6.1 g