A homemade version of Kashi’s Mayan Harvest Bake! This vegan + gluten-free casserole has layers of polenta and quinoa with roasted sweet potatoes, plantains, kale and black beans all in a rich ancho chili sauce.

Mayan harvest bake on a white plate with layers of polenta and quinoa with roasted sweet potatoes, plantains. Topped with avocado.

Back when I first started my healthy eating journey I wasn’t as confident in the kitchen and I gravitated towards convenience foods like frozen meals and canned soups. I looked for healthier options and I had a few favorites — Amy’s Mattar Tofu and Kashi’s Mayan Harvest Bake. Anyone else a fan?

After eating them for a while I decided to try making homemade versions. Mattar Tofu recipe is absolutely delicious so definitely check that out too!

A white casserole dish with Mayan harvest bake before baking.

I created the copy-cat Mayan Harvest Bake back in 2010 so the pictures were pretty terrible and the recipe needed a little tweaking/testing. Maria and I tested it twice last month and I feel like it’s absolutely perfect now — ready to be re-shared with new photos and the updated recipe.

Overhead shot of Mayan harvest bake on a white plate with plantain chips scattered around.

This tasty bake combines sweet, ripe plantains, roasted sweet potatoes, black beans and kale with a spicy ancho sauce and pumpkin seed garnish — all the served over a base of polenta and quinoa. It’s got a kick to it, but not overly spicy and the flavors of the sweet potato, plantain, and ancho sauce pair together nicely.

Bite shot of Mayan harvest bake with a gold fork.

The recipe makes a full casserole dish so it’s a great meal prep recipe. Cook once and have the bake on hand for quick lunches and dinners all week or eat a portion for dinner and freeze the leftovers and reheat a few weeks later for a quick meal.

If you make this mayan harvest bake, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how it turns out. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers.


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Mayan harvest bake on a white plate with layers of polenta and quinoa with roasted sweet potatoes, plantains. Topped with avocado.

Mayan Harvest Bake

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8
  • Diet: Vegan


A homemade version of Kashi’s Mayan Harvest Bake. This vegan casserole has layers of polenta and quinoa with roasted sweet potatoes, plantains, kale and black beans all in a rich chili-tomato sauce.


  • 2 sweet potatoes, washed and diced into 1/4 inch cubes (about 4 cups)
  • 1 ripe plantain, peeled and diced into 1/4 inch cubes**
  • 2 Tablespoons avocado oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water or vegetable broth
  • 1 Tablespoon ground ancho chile powder/pepper (or regular chili powder)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 cups finely chopped kale
  • 1 15 oz. can organic black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 18 oz tube polenta, sliced into 1/4 inch slices


  • 1/4 cup roasted pepitas
  • avocado, for topping
  • cilantro, for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 400° degrees.
  2. Toss chopped sweet potatoes and plantains cubes in 1 Tablespoon oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and spread onto a baking sheet. Roast for 20 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender.
  3. While the potatoes and plantains are roasting, heat remaining 1 Tablespoon of oil on medium-high in a large skillet. Add onion and garlic and sauté until soft and fragrant, about 5-7 minutes. Add tomato sauce, water, chile powder, coconut sugar, paprika, sea salt and cinnamon into the skillet and let sauce simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes. Add black beans and kale into the skillet. Stir kale into the sauce, allowing it to wilt. Once kale has wilted down, remove sauce from the heat.
  4. Meanwhile, spray a 9×13 or 11×7 casserole dish with non-stick spray. Line the bottom of the dish with polenta slices, overlapping if needed. Top with the cooked quinoa. Then add the roasted sweet potatoes and plantains. Pour the saucy black bean and kale mixture over everything and use a spoon to create an even top layer.
  5. Bake casserole in the 400° oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle pepitas over the bake and serve warm. Top each portion with sliced avocado and fresh cilantro.


  • ** The plantain should be very ripe — yellow and covered with large black spots. Mine had a ton of black spots and worked great.
  • Category: Lunch/Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Mayan


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 453
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Sodium: 510mg
  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 85g
  • Fiber: 11g
  • Protein: 13g
  • Cholesterol: 0

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    1. Belinda Harrison
      December 19, 2020 AT 2:33 pm

      Needs twice the sauce. Otherwise flavors are there. You

    2. Caroline
      December 8, 2019 AT 9:23 am

      Delicious!!! Better than the actual Kashi bowl

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 8, 2019 AT 3:39 pm

        Ahh! I love hearing that, Caroline! Thanks so much for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it!

    3. Joseph Wyrzykowski
      November 30, 2019 AT 8:25 pm

      Made this 3 times – was so good in the trial run I made it for both family Thanksgivings! I can make it with my eyes closed now 😂😂. Thank you for the recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 2, 2019 AT 3:48 pm

        YAY! I’m so glad that this recipe was a hit, Joseph. Thank you so much for taking the time to come back and leave a comment + star rating, it means the world to me. 🙂

    4. Gayle
      January 5, 2019 AT 10:20 pm

      This is delicious! I was looking for a recipe similar to a dish I had at a Farmers Market in Edinburgh Scotland. This was very close to it and something I will make again. Lots of ingredients and prep but worth it. Thanks for the tip on the ripe plantain. Have to plan ahead for that!

    5. Cindy
      September 21, 2017 AT 9:07 pm

      Yikes, this was a hot mess! I love your recipes but this one was TERRIBLE! The combinations were just off.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 21, 2017 AT 9:15 pm

        Oh no! I’m sorry you didn’t like this one. I tested this one multiple times and really enjoyed it. Did you not like the sauce?

        1. Cindy
          September 21, 2017 AT 10:22 pm

          There wasn’t enough sauce and I could not figure out what it was supposed to be, a Caribbean, Italian or Mexican dish. No worries though. It was the first recipe of yours I did not like.

          1. Brittany Mullins
            September 22, 2017 AT 3:50 pm

            I’m sorry! When I tested the recipe there was plenty of sauce, but maybe I need to test it again. It’s supposed to be a Caribbean/Mayan dish.

    6. Sandra
      September 6, 2017 AT 10:31 pm

      I from Australia and we don’t have plantains here. What could I use instead?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 7, 2017 AT 10:26 pm

        You could just do more sweet potato chunks or another hearty veggie like parsnips or carrots.

    7. Godfångst
      September 2, 2015 AT 12:29 pm

      Thank you for doing this! How wonderful. I’m going to try it tomorrow. I agree, this is the best frozen meal out there. And I am *not* a lover of frozen meals.

      A tip: Trader Joe’s has a “Greens, Beans, and Grains” meal: http://eatingatjoes.com/2015/04/09/trader-joes-greens-beans-and-grains/ that I think is worth looking up and copying.

    8. Jeanne
      August 2, 2013 AT 1:16 pm

      I love Kashi’s Mayan Harvest Bake and attempted a version of my own that turned out pretty well, but thought I’d collect recipes by others just to see if I could get it even closer to the original.

      Holy cow! This version has 102.49 grams of carbohydrates per serving! Kashi’s has 58, which is bad enough for diabetics like me, but this one is over the top.

      I’m wondering what causes such a huge carb load in this as it doesn’t appear much different from mine or other recipes. Is it possible the nutritional information is wrong and that it’s for 2 servings instead of 1?

    9. MomOf3
      February 28, 2013 AT 9:51 pm

      I love the frozen Kashi dish and went looking for a copycat recipe and stumbled upon yours. Using your recipe (to the T) I made it tonight and it was delish! I agree with Amy when she said to add vegetable broth and/or cover the sauce while baking because it dried up a lot when it was baked. (After tasting it, I ended up adding a little broth to the finished product to help and that worked fine too) Hubby loved it and kids ate it with no fuss. Overall, I can’t wait to make it again! Thank you so much!

    10. amy
      February 12, 2013 AT 11:11 pm

      I tried this again… used a different tomato puree (Hunt’s), and also added half a can of water. I added about a tablespoon of raw sugar to the puree, and added the spices to the onion and garlic first (I think this makes a big difference) . I cooked the kale right into the sauce. This time around it was pretty spot on!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 12, 2013 AT 11:15 pm

        Love these suggestions Amy. I’ll have to try your version. Thanks for sharing.

    11. Gwen
      February 9, 2013 AT 6:30 am

      I just had the Kashi meal again for lunch today, and I agree it is the best frozen meal out there. In fact, I was looking for a recipe that uses the same ingredients when I happened on your website. I will be trying your version of the Mayan Bake very soon. Thanks!

    12. amy
      January 10, 2013 AT 12:41 pm

      very good and close, indeed. I believe the Kashi version has more sugar, or maybe the plantains they use are just more ripe. Mine did have black spots all over, but I probably should have baked longer and covered the pan since it turned out dry. The sauce is a little on the tomato-ey side for me and I might try adding a bit of vegetable broth next time. Good job!

    13. Jen
      October 10, 2012 AT 3:01 pm

      Thanks so much for posting this! This is also one of my favorite frozen foods and I’m glad that you were able to replicate the recipe. I’ll try this out soon!

    14. Diane
      August 14, 2012 AT 9:11 pm

      The Kashi Mayan harvest bake was fantastic. I loved it. I must say I was hesitant since I had just bought and detested the taste of the heart-healthy snack crackers. I can appreciate that they were good for me and I appreciate that but can’t you make them a bit more appealing? Good luck.

    15. Julia
      January 6, 2012 AT 11:33 pm

      I recently came across the Mayan Harvest Bake and it is seriously soooo good! Cant wait to try your rendition of it

    16. mary
      August 13, 2011 AT 12:38 am

      Just made this tonight-It’s really good! Thank you for posting it!

    17. Lindsay
      August 5, 2011 AT 11:57 am

      To make this gluten-free, what would you suggest substituting the bulgar wheat with?

    18. Sandra Sims
      July 16, 2011 AT 3:10 pm

      I really love this meal from Kashi. I googled the recipe and your page came up! I am so looking forward to trying it. Thanks for posting!

    19. Tina
      June 23, 2011 AT 10:39 am

      The Mayan dish you created did not taste anything like the Kashi Mayan meal. I think because the plantains, although very ripe (soft and with black spots) were not as sweet as they are in the Kashi dish. Overall, your dish just didn’t have much taste. I followed your recipe to the T. I bought all of my ingredients at a organic food market. I think it’s pretty spectacular tho that you tried to recreate it and I appreciate your effort!!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        June 23, 2011 AT 12:42 pm

        Sorry the dish didn’t turn out the way you expected it to Tina. It may not taste exactly like the kashi meal, but I definitely think it has flavor.

    20. char
      March 24, 2011 AT 1:46 pm

      As I was sitting at my computer eating the Kashi Mayan Harvest Bake, I wondered if I could duplicate it at home. I am glad my search led me to your site. I will have to let you know how it comes out for me. THANX!

    21. Nicole (Making Good Choices)
      January 6, 2011 AT 10:35 pm

      I have bought plantains a couple of times but never could decide what to do with them. I love the flavors in this recipe. I have to try this!

    22. squiggles94
      January 6, 2011 AT 7:05 pm

      I love the Kashi Mayan Harvest Bake, so, I am so very glad to have found a copy cat recipe for it. I do not understand however, how, a single serving from the eatingbirdfood.com recipe could have calories = 1,030.7, and fat = 20.7 grams fat per serving.

      1. Eating Bird Food
        January 6, 2011 AT 8:36 pm

        hi squiggles! Thanks for pointing this out. And I agree, I put the recipe in a Livestrong.com and got very different results. I’m going to add the nutrition facts to this post so that it’s clear. 🙂

    23. meeso
      January 2, 2011 AT 2:08 pm

      After eating the frozen meal, I too wanted to figure out how to make this at home! Thank you so much for figuring it out for me! I cannot wait to try this, the recipe looks great! 🙂

    24. Roving Expat
      January 1, 2011 AT 6:23 pm

      Thanks for sharing this recipe. I have just tried Kashi’s ‘Mayan Harvest Bake’ for the first time today and loved the combination of spices and it was quite a satisfying meal. I also like the other Kashi frozen meals and at 340 calories, I shall be dieting on these for the next few months for sure.

    25. Susan
      December 10, 2010 AT 2:43 pm


      I just had the Kashi Mayan Harvest Bake for lunch today, for the first time. Best. Frozen. Meal. Ever….

      Regardless, I am also a huge foodie and love to cook. I haven’t made the recipe yet, but just wanted to let you know that your story is inspiring and it’s also good to see you are from the fine city of RVA (my hometown!! Lots of amazing local restaurants – go to Black Sheep if you haven’t already discovered this gem…). I recently moved to the Midwest and am having trouble finding any meals not loaded with meat, butter and processed carbs.

      I have a similar story where healthy eating and exercise lead to weight loss and a better life. It’s always warming to hear that others are doing the same – and great to know you are sharing your experiences and wealth of information with others. Keep the recipes coming! 🙂

      *I also posted this recipe (giving credit to you and your blog) onto a recipe sharing site http://www.food.com; I did this to get the nutritional info calculated, just wanted you to know!

      Thanks again!

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