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This delicious chocolate cake works for any diet. Made with black beans and cocoa, it’s gluten-free, diabetic-friendly and heart healthy. The eggs give it a light lift. No one will ever know healthy black beans were slipped in for a velvety smooth texture.

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Chocolate Cake

  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 6 Tbsp Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Raspberry Sauce

  • 1 pint fresh raspberries, plus additional for garnish
  • 2 Tbsp confectioners’ sugar, plus additional for garnish
  • 1 tsp lemon fresh juice
  • Lemon zest, for garnish
  • Fresh mint, for garnish


Chocolate Cake

  • For the cake: Preheat oven to 325°. Grease a 9-inch cake pan and dust with cocoa powder.
  • In a large bowl, beat the beans with a hand mixer until smooth. Add in 3 of the eggs, vanilla, salt and mix until smooth. Add coconut oil and honey and mix to combine. Add the remaining 2 eggs and mix.
  • In separate bowl, sift together cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda. Add the cocoa powder mixture to the egg mixture. Beat on high for approximately 1 minute, or until smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until top is firm to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Turn out onto a cooling rack and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.

Raspberry Sauce

  • For the raspberry sauce: Place raspberries in a bowl. Sift confectioners’ sugar on top. Add lemon juice. Pour into a blender and purée until smooth. Strain raspberry mixture through a fine sieve and discard seeds. Refrigerate until serving.
  • Dust cake with confectioners’ sugar. Serve cake with raspberry sauce and garnish with fresh raspberries, lemon zest and mint.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1 1/2-inch slice

Per Serving: Calories: 165, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 77mg, Sodium: 253mg, Carbohydrates: 17g, Fiber: 5g, Protein: 5g

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Date Last Reviewed: October 31, 2019

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