Black Bean Chocolate Cake


Wish there was a chocolatey dessert that didn't ruin your diet? Your wish has been granted.

Black Bean Chocolate Cake
Photo: Jacob Fox
Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
30 mins
Cool Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
1 cake (12 slices)


  • Coconut oil or nonstick cooking spray

  • Unsweetened cocoa powder

  • cup coconut oil

  • 4 eggs, room temperature

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • Instant espresso coffee powder, fresh berries, and/or Sweet Cashew Cream (recipe, page xxx) (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan with coconut oil. Dust pan with cocoa powder, shaking out excess. Line pan with parchment paper; dust again with cocoa powder.

  2. In a small bowl microwave coconut oil 15 to 20 seconds or until melted. In a large bowl combine eggs, the water, and melted coconut oil. Stir together the 1/3 cup cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda.

  3. In a food processor combine beans, both sugars, vanilla, and salt. Cover and process until smooth. Stir bean mixture into egg mixture until combined. Add cocoa powder mixture to egg mixture; beat with a mixer on medium 1 minute. Spread batter into prepared pan.

  4. Bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool cake layer in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool on a wire rack. If desired, dust cake with espresso powder and/or additional cocoa powder and serve with berries and/or Sweet Cashew Cream.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

201 Calories
8g Fat
30g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 201
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 331mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 5g
Calcium 62mg 5%
Iron 1.5mg 8%
Potassium 86mg 2%
Folate, total 8.9mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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