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Spanish Polenta Cakes [Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free]

Spanish Polenta Cakes [Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free]












These delicious cakes came about as an accident of sorts. We were trying to make something…else…out of polenta. And it turned out to be a bust. It tasted great, but it looked like ground beef which was nowhere near what we had in mind. While the first recipe was on its way to the hall of shame, Clark used the remaining polenta to create a treasure out of trash.

Moral of the story: there are no “accidents” when cooking, there are only lessons and learning. [The only exception to this moral is if someone gets injured while cooking – but that’s an entirely different kind of accident.]

These Spanish-esque polenta cakes are bite-sized, flavorful, and easy – what more can you ask for in an appetizer?

Recipe Time: 35 minutes

INGREDIENTS [makes 18 – 2″ cakes]

2 c. cooked polenta
4 Tbsp. cilantro [chopped]
2 cloves garlic [minced]
juice of 2 small limes
2 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast [optional, but recommended!]

Preheat the oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

Spanish Polenta Cakes [Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free]












Use your hands to form the mixture into 2″ cakes, about 1/2″ in thickness. Bake for 24 minutes, flipping once at the halfway point.

Spanish Polenta Cakes [Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free]












We topped them with fresh salsa like we used in this recipe. They would go great with guacamole as well! Or a simple squeeze of lime juice would do the trick too.



  1. 27 Awesomely Delicious Paleo Appetizers - Paleo Grubs 5 February, 2014 at 14:01 Reply

    […] 22. Spanish Polenta Cakes These polenta cakes are made with traditional Spanish influence, but in a way that makes them Paleo friendly. It’s also a dish that vegetarians will appreciate, as well as those looking to cut out dairy or gluten. With so many people doing so many different diets, it’s becoming harder and harder to host a party and appeal to everyone. These should be a crowd pleaser with most. Paleo purists will want to stay away from this, as polenta is made from cornmeal and corn isn’t a Paleo food, but many followers will allow a dish like this. […]

    • thefitchen 3 April, 2014 at 22:10 Reply

      Do you plan to make this as a loaf or in a full-size pan? I’ve never tried that before with this recipe, so I’m not quite sure how that would work.

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