Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe With Kidney Beans

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flourless chocolate cake with kidney beans


Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe

with Kidney Beans

Otherwise known as ‘Magic Bean Cake’

Brought to you by McKenzies

flourless chocolate cake with kidney beans

Last week it was Ned’s Spring Festival, and as we do for these events, everyone takes something to share. It just so happened that I had been given the challenge of using a selection of legumes and beans in a few new recipes and asking a few children to rate them out of 5 beans, with 1 being not-at-all-good right up to 5, being OUTSTANDINGLY delicious!

So for my first taste-test I decided to make my healthier version of a Magic Bean Cake, a flourless chocolate cake recipe with kidney beans as the secret ingredient. My version is nicely moist and I think the substitute of the raw cacao powder is the second most important ingredient. Makes it so rich, and leaves that divine ‘real chocolate’ flavour in your mouth for ages after too.

You’ll need:

  • 400 grams McKenzie’s kidney beans, soaked overnight in water to soften, then drained
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 75 g raw cacao powder
  • 4 tablespoons rice syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon GF baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 180 g butter or nutelex (reduce to 120 grams if you prefer, but I found it a bit dry)
  • 6 eggs

 flourless chocolate cake with kidney beans

1. In a food processor or thermomix, blend the beans and two eggs.  Go slowly, as they begin to puree, the beans will ‘burp’ and will need a little break and a stir.

2. Add vanilla and water, and continue pureeing until smooth. Scrape this mix into a bowl.

3. Cream the butter and honey/rice syrup. Add 4 more eggs and beat until smooth.

4.  Add the bean mixture back into food processor with the bicarb, baking powder and cacao. Blend until smooth.

5. Place the batter into a ring-shaped cake tin and bake for 45 minutes at 180 degrees. Do the skewer test. If the skewer is still coated with moist ingredients, bake for 10-15 minutes longer.

6. Remove cake from tin, and serve with custard or vanilla ice-cream for an even more decadent treat.

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The Bean Test

While I sadly have no photos of children devouring the cake, I can confirm that the Magic Bean Cake was a runaway hit with the children AND the adults at the festival. Not surprisingly, it simply disappeared. This was what was left when I went to take a pic!  (By the way, that sneaky hand nibbling crumbs was NOT a set-up.)

Yes, I think this one 5 beans out of 5.


Have you ever made a ‘Magic Bean’ cake?

3 Responses to “Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe With Kidney Beans”

  1. Patricia

    Looks and sounds delicious. Can canned beans be used? Also, does it have to be a ring shaped cake tin?

  2. Amber Greene

    Hi Trish, yes canned beans can be used. I’ve only made it in a ring shaped tin but I think you could do it in a square one. Just adjust cooking times a little and do the skewer test to make sure it is cooked through. Let me know how you go!

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