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Baked Pinto Bean & Coconut Fritters

I’ve partnered with Sprouts Farmers Market to bring y’all these Pinto Bean & Coconut Patties – another vegetarian option for your Game Day eats! As always, all opinions are my own. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that keep this Srilankan Runnin!

Pinto Bean Coconut Patties

Staunch football fans seem to have their own language when they talk about their passion, and, to me, it all sounds a lot like Latin! And, no – I’ve never taken a Latin class. I couldn’t tell the difference between “sacking” or “snapping”. When I am at a football get-together and someone yells “why are we fumbling the ball?” my first thought is “aren’t we all sitting on the couch?” and my second thought is “I wonder if those are turkey balls?”

You see, while I might not understand the language of football – I am very fluent in the language of food! And – I speak it often – to others and myself! As I’ve mentioned before, most football get-togethers my daughter and I have been to don’t seem to have a lot of vegetarian options so, in addition to the tofu burgers, tofu skewers, and skillet bread, these pinto bean and coconut patties are on my rotation of vegetarian options to take over to said gatherings.

Pinto Bean Coconut Patties

These are pretty simple to make – they don’t have a ton of ingredients (seven to be exact) and can be pulled together in a blender effortlessly before being baked. Since my last trip to Sprouts Farmer’s Market, I have been going there on and off as I simply love their fresh, natural, budget-friendly foods.

While I was there recently, I picked up some pinto beans and some coconut powder and used those along with onion, garlic, ginger, and an egg to make these patties. Now, you could pan fry these – which makes them juicier and crisper. But I was trying to save time and chose to bake and broil them instead. Besides, when they are baked and broiled, they are firm like a vada and go so well with some sambal oelek!

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Pinto Bean Coconut Patties

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Pinto Bean Coconut Patties


Pinto Bean Coconut Patties

Pinto Bean & Coconut Patties

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 14
Author: Shashi
Simple and easy, these little Pinto Bean and Coconut Patties are delightful eaten with a spicy sauce, or sandwiched between buns and eaten as vegetarian sliders!


  • 1 15.5 oz can of Pinto Beans
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger comes to about 2 teaspoons grated
  • 3 tablespoons coconut powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley optional


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Rinse and drain and then add pinto beans, garam masala, onion, garlic, ginger, salt, pepper, coconut powder and egg (and parsley if you are using it) to a blender and pulse a few times till ingredients are well incorporated.
  • Roll into balls and flatten balls and place on a parchment-lined baking tray.
  • Brush generously with olive oil and bake for 20 minutes
  • Remove tray temporarily, brush with more oil and broil for two minutes - keeping an eye on them so they don't burn.
  • Serve warm with sambal oelek or ketchup or chili sauce
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  1. Ugh football fans and their “football speak”! I will readily admit that I go to football watching parties for the the food. These patties are so creative and they sound delicious! You make healthy sound fun!

  2. Shashi! I love these healthy Pinto Bean & Coconut Patties!! I love that you made a vegetarian option for game day eats! they look delicious!!

  3. Love the addition of garam masala to these Shashi

  4. I have no idea what’s going on when it comes to football either! Game day is all about the food to me 🙂 Love this healthy game day eat!

  5. I love coconut flavour this such avpriteun rich treat yum

  6. Love the idea of serving these as vegetarian sliders! I’d be snacking down on a few for sure!

  7. Asha says:

    Sashi what a fabulous idea this is with all the goodness in it. I love that you add coconut in it, so much flavor. I visit Sprouts often and love it. We have so many Vegetarian friend and I love my veggie food, this is a great option and looks darn delicious.
    Great one my friend. Pinning for sure.

  8. You my friend, hit the nail on the head. Football, is another LANGUAGE. And I am surrounded by men who are yelling out things like PUNT! And then there’s Hudson, who stands right in the MIDDLE of the action in front of the screen that they’re all trying to see. And he cheers, yells and grunts. It’s really funny to see. He’s got the spirit, just not the words. I have visited Sprouts and I wish we had one around here. You are so creative with this dish. I would love a pinto bean and coconut slider for lunch. Like today. So I’ll expect to see you any minute now with my special delivery…it’s 12:37 now, so chop chop. XOXO

  9. It wasn’t until I fully read the recipe and you said “sandwiched between buns” that I thought, these would have been amazing for me to have had on the day trip I’ve got planned in the Scottish mountains on Saturday!

    I’ll pin this for next time. I’ve already sorted out my food for Saturday, but I can imagine really enjoying these in the fresh cold snowy air!

  10. What a great vegetarian option for game day! Yum!

  11. Kelly says:

    Haha the food is my favorite part about game day 🙂 I am always looking for more vegetarian snack options and these patties sound perfect, Shashi! Love the coconut flour!

  12. Love the flavor combo going on here!

  13. What a fun recipe! It looks like I will soon have a new veggie burger slider favorite! Thanks!

  14. Yum yum yum! Coconut powder is so fun to play with! And any bean pattie/burger/falafel is always good to me!

  15. Lol, I took 4 semesters of Latin in college, but I’m much more fluent in the language of food!! 😉 Love these pinto and coconut patties, Shashi! Such a unique combination! I bet these taste fabulous!! Love that you are bringing the vegetarian love to the football parties! Wish I lived closer because I’d invite myself to whatever party you are attending! You are always so creative! Love it! Cheers, sweets! Xoxo

  16. I’m fluent in food, too. In fact I often dream in it! This is an amazing recipe — so much flavor! So healthy. And so simple. Score! Good stuff — thanks.

  17. Mira says:

    I agree- most football get togethers don’t have vegetarian and healthy options 🙁 These look flavorful and delicious! Great idea, pinned!

  18. Ashley says:

    haha our team is out of the playoffs now so the super bowl is definitely going to be all about the food! Although who are we kidding … I think for me it’s always more about the food than anything! These patties sound fantastic Shashi!

  19. You know, Shashi. I could help you out with Latin. We could start an intensive course, and after a few weeks (maybe a few months), I’ll have you up and running with your Latin speaking skills. Then you can hang out with the Pope AND you’ll be ready for the start of next football season. All I require is some of these amazing looking patties. You’re a master at creative unique recipes, and this one definitely fits the bill. Sounds delicious!!

  20. Ramona W says:

    I can taste these flavors looking at your ingredients…. and all I can say is “oh YUM!!!!”

  21. amindfullmom says:

    Oh how I miss Sprouts–that store is absolutely amazing! I was so excited when they opened one in Cumming and then I moved!!! Hopefully NC will get one ASAP!

  22. Love how flavorful, gorgeous, delicious and healthy these patties look. Coconut flour sure must have added a nice texture and taste to these beauties. YUM!

  23. Yeah football is SO not my thing but the food IS! This is so happening for super bowl!

  24. They are not only healthy, also very tasty with the add of coconut flour!