Vegan Arepas Made with Polenta


Based on a vegetarian arepa I found in SoCal, this dish combines surprising flavors and textures for an easy meal.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 arepas


  • 1 (8 ounce) container tofu, drained

  • 1 (16 ounce) tube prepared polenta

  • olive oil

  • 2 bananas, sliced lengthwise

  • 1 cup black beans, undrained

  • 2 avocados - peeled, pitted, and sliced

  • 1 large mango - peeled, seeded, and diced

  • ¼ cup diced onion

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

  • salt to taste


  1. Preheat the oven's broiler and set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source. Grease a baking sheet.

  2. Slice the tofu and polenta into slabs of equal thickness; brush with olive oil and arrange on a baking sheet.

  3. Cook the tofu and polenta under the preheated broiler until the tops are crispy, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

  4. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the bananas in the oil until crispy on the outside, yet soft on the inside, about 5 minutes. Remove the bananas from the oil and set aside.

  5. Pour the entire can of black beans into a blender and blend until a thick sauce forms.

  6. Stir the mango, diced onion, jalapeno pepper, and salt together in a small bowl.

  7. To build the arepas, place a slice of polenta on each of four plates and top each with first about 1/4 of the bean sauce, then a piece of tofu, a few slices of banana, some avocado, and finishing with about 1/4 of the mango salsa.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

563 Calories
32g Fat
64g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 563
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 40%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Sodium 591mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 64g 23%
Dietary Fiber 15g 55%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 40mg 202%
Calcium 243mg 19%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 1093mg 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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