Recipe: Sweet Potato and Butter Bean Patties

I am embarking on a series where I share meat and dairy free recipes, I do use eggs but only buy free range (my next mission is to visit the farms these eggs come from and see for myself if they are practicing all that their packaging says). I am trying to build a collection of recipes that I can make on a regular basis.

Growing up, meat was a staple part of our diet. A meal was not complete if there was not a chicken, cow, lamb or pig on the plate. Consequently, I have countless recipes for delicious dishes and I can cook a meat dish without having to think too much about it.

If it is a particularly  busy week and there is little time to cook, there is a strong possibility that all my meals will include meat as that is my go-to set of recipes. I have not completely excluded meat from my diet but hope to do so over time.

Through the process of finding these recipes I came across many exotic and expensive ingredients. I am aiming to share recipes that include what we can find in our grocery stores and many pantry staples.

Paired with the recipe sharing is a flexing of my design muscles, trying and testing new techniques by designing the lettering of each recipe:

Sweet Potato and Butter Bean Patties


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and baked or steamed
  • 1 can butter beans (rinsed and drained)
  • ½ cup onion or spring onion, chopped into tiny chunks
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 egg or chia egg (soak chia seeds in water for 5 minutes and add to your mixture)
  • ¾ teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • a handful of fresh coriander or parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ⅓ cup flour (I use oat flour, you can buy from a health shop or make it by putting Jungle Oats in a blender)



  1. Mash the sweet potato and beans in a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and keep mashing.
  2. Form the mixture into patties and fry them in a little oil. You can keep frying them until they are cooked through or put them on a baking sheet and bake them until they are crisp.
  3. Serve the patties with any topping and sauce you wish, or pop them in a bun for a delicious burger.

My hope is by sharing delicious recipes such as this one, others may try them and realize the possibilities of a meat and dairy free diet.