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breakfast friday >> peanut butter banana breakfast burgers

Say whaaat!?

This recipe has actually been in my head for awhile now.  I think I've just been a little scared to actually try it out.  I mean, a breakfast bean burger?  Am I getting a little too carried away with the breakfast recipes?

Nahhhh.  Don't think so!  It's all about experimentation, right?

These breakfast burgers definitely took a few trials to find the right bean to oat ratio.  At first I used way too many beans and they were pasty and not too pleasing texturely.  A little overzealous with the bean usage, perhaps. 

I lowered the bean count and also peeled the skins off, which I realize is annoying but it really just takes a few minutes.  I also added blueberries for a little pop of juiciness and walnuts for crunch.  

The 2nd + 3rd batches were much more pleasing to the palette.  I snacked on these all day long and even the next morning straight from the fridge.  The whole time thinking, is this too weird?  Followed immediately by eating another.

The peanut butter + jam toppings are mandatory.  

Eating these bunless is also mandatory.  

I'll let the banana + coconut toppings be optional.

That cool with you?

If not, maple syrup or honey will also get the job done.

Speaking of jam, the lovely jar above came from my good friend Megan.  It's a strawberry rhubarb jam that is about the best jam/jelly/fruit-spread I have ever tasted.  Seriously cannot get enough.  Megan is a pro-jammer + marmalade maker and lucky for me she's very generous with the sharing.  

Print this!

Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Burger gluten-free, vegan // yields ~8, 3-inch patties

  • 3/4 cup cooked chickpeas, rinsed, drained, and peeled
  • 6 tablespoons mashed ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons partially ground gluten-free rolled oats, pulse oats in a blender/food processor/coffee grinder/etc. until broken down 
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3-1/2 cup blueberries
  • coconut oil or ghee for cooking
  • toppings: peanut butter, jam/jelly, banana, coconut
  1. Fully mash the peeled chickpeas in a mixing bowl with the back of a fork.  
  2. Add in all remaining ingredients [except for the blueberries] and mix/mash until thoroughly combined.   You may need to add an extra tablespoon of banana to help moisten.  If your mixture is too wet/mushy add more ground oats in 1-2 tablespoon increments.
  3. Fold in the blueberries until incorporated.  They may need to be packed in with your hands as you form the patties.  If your blueberries are large you may want to cut them in half.
  4. Preheat a griddle or cast iron skillet over medium/medium-low heat and add coconut oil or ghee to coat the pan.
  5. While heating, start forming 3-inch x 1/2-inch thick burgers, tightly packing them together.
  6. Place burgers in the pan and cook over medium for 4-5 minutes until golden brown.  Avoid overcrowding.  
  7. Flip and cook another 4-5 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Serve with peanut butter, jelly, banana, coconut, etc.
  9. Let fully cool then refrigerate leftovers.  Great served cold with a peanut butter topping!

recipe adapted: 7/19/13 [copied part down wrong from an earlier trial, but shouldn't make a big difference]

What does your breakfast look like today [or any day!]?  Show me whatchu' got!

#bfastfridayclub @edibleash

Weekend time, people.  Stay cool + enjoy! 


Reader Comments (42)

I am envious of your creativity, Ashley! This is one brilliantly crafted recipe. Can't wait to try it (as soon as we're done stripping cabinets..sigh). I'm imagining lots of sunflower seed butter, coconut and honey. Do you suggest using fresh beans or canned?
July 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan
So not weird!! Okay, well it is weird, but I am all over these! Such a genius idea!
July 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTieghan
So not weird!! Okay, well it is weird, but I am all over these! Such a genius idea!
July 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTieghan
I am SO excited to try these! You are a woman after my own heart with your breakfast creations and I applaud you for breaking down food barriers ;)
July 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAshley
Possibly the strangest thing I've ever seen, and yet I want to try to make them as soon as my kitchen is back in order!
July 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBecki @ Bites 'n Brews
LOVE the originality of this recipe!!! I have toyed around with bean-breakfast ideas but have never tried it!
These sound pretty crazy but they do look amazing and I trust you Ashley! I'd go for all those toppings too :)
July 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmma
Woah- bringing the burger to breakfast? I salute you for being the a pioneer of deliciousness ;)
Honestly, if it has peanut butter and banana in it, I'm game :)
July 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAly@ReturnToYourRoot
I love this idea and the recipe sounds delicious! I will definitely be giving it a try. :)
July 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlyn
Such an interesting combo... Nice! As always, love your photos
uhm....yum! these look so good. such a change from the normal breakfasting routine. can't wait to try them (plus how can anything topped in jam not be delicious?!)
July 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLivi
This breakfast is so fun!! Love!
Very cool! I wonder if these would still be good with another neutral-flavor bean instead of chickpeas? I have some cooked white beans in my fridge that need to be used up soon, and this looks like it might do the trick. Thanks!
July 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterErin
Ashley, your creativity never ceases to amaze me! These sweet breakfast burgers look amazing and they kinda remind me of a sweet hummus (e.g. chocolate peanut butter a la Choosing Raw).
July 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSadie
These look yummy! I've previously made a very similar recipe but using quinoa instead of oats and adding extra flax to help bind. So that could be a yummy sub for those who don't like or are intolerant to oats or want to up the protein factor.
July 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjo @ including cake
What an interesting combination!!!! peanut butter is a must for me everymorning - this looks like a delectable way to have some!
Thanks for sharing - I cannot wait to try this!
This sounds a little crazy, but I totally love it!!
July 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSophie
@Morgan - Fresh and canned really should offer the same result. If you're using fresh, just make sure they're fully cooked and not al dente.

@Aly - Haha, thanks for the laugh. :)

@Erin - You know...I think they may be even better with white beans! You made need more ground oats since white beans are softer but I think that would work really well and possibly create an even better texture! Let me know if you give it a go.

@Jo - Ooooh, quinoa sounds great for a breakfast burger.
July 19, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
I have been visiting your site on and off for a while but haven't commented. I recently decided to go off gluten, and wanted to say that I really appreciate all your original recipe ideas. I don't care if they are weird; they are gluten-free, healthy and the ingredients are normal, unlike some GF recipes!
July 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeth
Say whaaaat?!? That was my exact reaction when I read the title of this post. It was satisfyingly hilarious to see it written on the page, as well. You are seriously a culinary genius, my friend. I cannot wait to make these for my boys!
July 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaria Makes Muffins
These look so good! I love the flavor combiations & will be trying these soon!
July 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeni
@Beth - Thanks for saying hello! :) I'm so happy to hear you've been enjoying my recipes since going GF. I try to keep things as wholesome + easy as possible around here! Have a great weekend.

@Maria - Haha...oh goodness...not a genius, just a little crazy. ;) Hope the boys love them!
July 19, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
These look delicious! Normally for breakfast I have oatmeal with a nut butter, but today I'm also trying my hand at Thai iced tea.
July 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKinsey
These look amazing! I love your breakfast posts so much. I have been reading your blog for a long time, and breakfast Friday is awesome. About 2 years ago you inspired me to get super into oatmeal, which I am still obsessed with. And I love all of your buckwheat recipes! My friends and I are starting to have breakfasts on Sunday together, and many of the breakfast recipes will be from you! Thanks for sharing.
July 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenna
This is intriguing...sort of like a souped-up pancake. At the moment breakfast is muesli or cereal with almond milk and tons of fresh-picked blueberries and raspberries. These are also amazing for weekend brunch:
July 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTammela
I seriously want to come live in your kitchen! Awesome...that is all :) Happy Friday!
July 19, 2013 | Unregistered
You had me at peanut butter AND banana! Can't wait to try these!!
July 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie M
What a revelation in breakfast eats; bravo! I wonder what is next; perhaps breakfast franks? :P
July 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne
This recipe looks SO GOOD. Do you think these would work if you baked them instead of cooking in the pan? Do you have any thoughts/recommendations for baking them (e.g. time and temperature)?
July 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa
@Melissa - I've made veggie burgers in the oven before but they always turn out better in a pan. My recommendation for baking would be 350* and 10-15min per side. I would also brush them with a bit of coconut oil [or other cooking oil] to keep them from drying out. That is my best guess! :)
July 20, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
Those look incredible. I made cookies with almost the same ingredients ALL the time (xylitol instead maple syrup and some egg) and they're always gone within one day! I never thought of making burgers with it, but I will definitely try it the next time. Thank you!
July 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSeli
This is EPIC!
Thanks for sharing this ... it is very neat! Nice pictures to go along as well :)
July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSal
Um wow. Never before have I wanted a breakfast burger until now! Loving the addition of the blueberries since I seem to have a never-ending supply of them right now. I'll have to try these out soon :)
July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney
This idea is genius, and they look absolutely to die for!
July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGina
i just tried these and yup, you are a genius! they are so delicious! i used sun butter instead of pb because sun butter is my main squeeze. These would be so great for traveling as they are nice and filling and don't crumble. please don't stop experimenting with "interesting" combinations!
July 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlou
@Lou - YES!! Thrilled to hear they were enjoyed + that they work well for traveling. And thanks for the push to keep experimenting. :)
July 23, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
Hello! My name is Jess, and I run a food blog called Floptimism where every week I write a post called "Weekend Wrap Up." Basically, it's where I highlight some of my favorite web finds from the past week to share with my readers. (I know I've featured your posts before because, hi, you post awesome stuff, but I wasn't sure if you'd remember.) Anyway, I loved these little "burgers" so much that I featured them & a photo from your post on this week's wrap-up, credited 100% to you of course, and wanted to let you know. Thank you for such a great idea and blog post! I've included the link below in case you're interested. I hope you had a great weekend!
July 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJess S. @ Floptimism
Well, I can't help it. I am into weird. I live in Austin Texas, and our motto is "Keep Austin Weird". And, I do my best. This attitude attracted me to this recipe. I began by lowering the been count which was spoken about above, and increased the jam count. Turned out pretty good.
July 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGene Cox
@Jess - Thanks for the feature!!

@Gene - Glad you tried + liked them!
July 30, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
Just made these this morning and they are Awesome!
I've never made anything with chickpeas, so I was a bit concerned.
No worries! All the goodies in there gave it just the right flavor.
September 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanine
Why not just omit the chickpeas and make oat cakes?
December 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermichele

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