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Black Beans and Coconut Tarts – Frejon

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Black Beans and Coconut Tarts – Frejon is a delicacy eaten on Good Friday by Catholics in Brazil, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. It’s also widely enjoyed by Peruvians, they call it Frejol Colado, and in China the filling is called Sweet azuki bean paste. In the Philippines, the black beans pudding is similar to the filling in hopia hapon. The best way to describe this recipe would black bean, chocolate and coconut pudding in a tart.  I truly believe food is a universal language, no matter what our background is, there are lots of similarities when it comes to the food we consume.

Anyway, back to the recipe it’s not too sweet and it’s packed with a healthy dose of fiber. It’s vegan friendly and can be customized to fit your taste bud. Traditionally it’s served with fish stew. However, I wanted something different so I converted into a dessert. It’s easy to make and could come in handy if you’re feeding a huge crowd.

Black Beans and Coconut Tarts – Frejon
Black Beans and Coconut Tarts - Frejon

Ingredients
Yields: 30 desserts

  • 2 – 15.5 oz can of black beans
  • 1/2 cup cream of coconut
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 boxes of store-bought tart shells, here is the one I used

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Pour beans in a medium skillet over medium heat. Simmer till beans comes to a boil and they are soft and tender about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove pan from heat and pour beans into the blender. Pulse until smooth.
  4. Pour the blended beans back into the pot and add remaining ingredients. Bring mixture back to a boil stirring constantly until smooth and creamy.
  5. Spoon or pipe bean pudding in each tart shell. Place on baking sheets and bake for about 10 minutes
  6. Remove from oven and garnish with toasted coconut, shaved chocolate or powered sugar
  7. Serve warm or cold

Black Beans and Coconut Tarts - Frejon - Frejol Colado

 

Black Beans and Coconut Tarts - Frejon
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: African
Serves: 30
Ingredients
  • Yields: 30 desserts
  • 2 - 15.5 oz can of black beans
  • ½ cup cream of coconut
  • ½ cup coconut flakes
  • ¼ cup milk chocolate chips
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 boxes of store-bought tart shells, here is the one I used
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Pour beans in a medium skillet over medium heat. Simmer till beans comes to a boil and they are soft and tender about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove pan from heat and pour beans into the blender. Pulse until smooth.
  4. Pour the blended beans back into the pot and add remaining ingredients. Bring mixture back to a boil stirring constantly until smooth and creamy.
  5. Spoon or pipe bean pudding in each tart shell. Place on baking sheets and bake for about 10 minutes
  6. Remove from oven and garnish with toasted coconut, shaved chocolate or powered sugar
  7. Serve warm or cold

 

I partnered with a few friends to share ideas for celebrating Easter! From Easter breakfast, dinner, dessert, cocktails to Easter basket ideas, fun printables and something unique to do with those leftover Easter eggs.  #AllThingsEaster!  

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For more ideas on ways to celebrate Easter with your family check out the All Things Easter Pinterest Board

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Kira is the founder of award-winning lifestyle blog focused on family, tech, fashion, beauty, food, fitness, and travel. Prior to launching The Afropolitan Mom, she was a marketing executive in the technology industry. She lives in the suburb of NJ with her husband and two kids. When she's not on carpool duty or scrolling through Insta, she spends time adding items to her shopping cart while binge-watching shows on Netflix!

10 Comments

  1. Colleen (Souffle Bombay)

    March 23, 2015 at 10:29 am

    I LOVE pick-me-up desserts and food in general! I’m intrigued by these, I have yet to have a dessert with beans in it however the flavors going on here seems delicious!

  2. Tricia

    March 23, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Oh yum! What an interesting combination. I would have never thought to use black beans. I’m going to have to give these a try!

  3. Larisha

    March 23, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I love this! I had no idea about these, but I loved learning the culture tips you shared at the beginning of the post. These sound really great

  4. Melissa

    March 23, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    I have never heard of these. I bet they are tasty. I love the dose of fiber!

  5. Deanna Segrave-Daly

    March 24, 2015 at 7:18 am

    I’m totally intrigued by these (and of course the dietitian in me loves the black beans addition.) Look forward to trying these out.

  6. Courtney

    March 25, 2015 at 8:11 am

    I definitely need to try making these – I love using black beans in baking!

  7. Natalie @ A Turtle's Life for Me

    March 25, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    I’ve never heard of these, but they look amazing!

  8. Nikki

    April 3, 2015 at 11:42 am

    I featured your recipe on my facebook page. This is delicious inspiration for my Easter menu.

  9. Maria

    October 1, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    I’d love to see more vegan friendly recipes!

  10. MsAnn

    March 27, 2016 at 6:10 am

    I finally made these this year after I came across the recipe last year. We usually eat frejon on Good Friday with fish stew so we had some scepticism about a “frejon tart”!
    Reviews were excellent, and I’ve been asked to share the recipe! Thank you.

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