" We're here to facilitate your plant-based journey "

PlantPlate.com is here to provide the recipes, information, and practical advice needed to follow a healthy plant-based diet. Whether you're interested in improving your health, losing weight, or eating more sustainably, a whole foods plant-based diet may be the perfect solution for you.

My name's Emma, and I started PlantPlate in 2013 with the help of my husband Scott, a web developer and fellow plantivore. I’m a certified Plant-Based Nutritionist who loves to cook, and I've followed a plant-based diet for over a decade. Having lived in various locations throughout the world - sometimes on a shoestring budget, and often with irregular and demanding work schedules - I’ve had to constantly adapt my diet in order to make it work. It’s taught me a lot, and it’s motivated me to show others just how accessible and enjoyable this way of eating can be.

The recipes featured on PlantPlate are based on minimally processed plant foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. They're free from all animal products, processed oils and refined carbohydrates, and are made with simple and affordable ingredients. Our articles are aimed at providing you with plant-based know-how when it comes to shopping, cooking, nutrition and day-to-day living. We have answers to common questions and share practical knowledge that we have acquired through experience. Finally, the resources section contains links to books, DVDs, and video presentations from some of the world's leading experts on plant-based nutrition. It is our hope that these resources will help you to fully understand and evaluate the health benefits of this wonderful way of eating.

Welcome to PlantPlate!  We hope you enjoy your visit. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email us at contact@plantplate.com.

The information on this website is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat health problems or illnesses without first consulting your doctor.

3 Bean Mole

While it may not be a traditional mole, this dish definitely delivers on flavor- richly spiced and slightly smokey, with hints of chocolate and cinnamon.

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Yield: Serves 4 (with accompaniments)


You can serve this mole in a number of different ways- as a main dish with brown rice and salad, as a filling for tortillas, or even as a sauce for pasta.

Feel free to use different varieties of beans in this recipe. We've chosen black beans, pinto beans and kidney beans because they are more traditional, but white beans and lentils will also work well.

The prepared dish will keep (covered) in the fridge for 3-4 days, and can also be frozen for up to 1 month.


For the Mole Sauce:

  • 1 ½ cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. ground coriander seed
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 ½ tsp. smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tbsp. maple or date syrup
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa powder

For the Rest:

  • 1/2 cup low sodium vegetable broth, extra
  • 1 medium brown onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 medium red pepper, diced
  • 1 cup cooked black beans (or 1 x 15 oz / 400g can, drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup cooked kidney beans (or 1 x 15 oz / 400g can, drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup cooked pinto beans (or 1 x 15 oz / 400g can, drained and rinsed)


  1. To prepare the mole sauce, combine all ingredients in a large bowl or jug, and mix to combine. Set aside.
  2. Heat the extra 1/2 cup of vegetable broth in a large pot. Add onion, garlic and red pepper; sauté for 5 minutes until softened. Add the prepared mole sauce. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook for 7-8 minutes until thickened.
  3. Add all beans, and stir well. Cover with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes before removing from the heat.
  4. Serve the mole alongside salad and steamed brown rice, or use as a filling for corn tortilla wraps.