Friday, August 21, 2015

Black Bean Chocolate Cake

I'm all about sweet treats, and it's a bonus when those treats can be "healthied" up a bit!
AND, when they are simple to make (and only have two ingredients...) it's a total win!

Que: black bean chocolate cake!
(Don't be freaked out, you can't taste the black beans one bit!)

What you need:
1 can of black beans
1 box of chocolate cake mix
Chocolate chips (optional!)

How to:
Pour the whole can of black beans into a blender and puree.

Once pureed, slowly add the cake mix into the blender.  The batter will start to get pretty thick, so you will need to stop the blender and help stir every now and then.  

Next, pour the batter into a greased 9x9 pan, top with chocolate chips (optional, but obviously a very good idea!), and bake at 325 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

And tada! A moist, delicious chocolate cake that tastes 100% like the real deal!

Sprinkle a little powdered sugar on top or serve with a few berries (...or, if you're like me, a scoop of ice cream!), and you've got yourself a pretty perfect after dinner treat (that happens to have a little extra protein, fiber, and vitamins!).

As with most of my desserts that contain "unique" ingredients, I don't let John in on the secret until he is already half-way through the pan... works like a charm! ;)

Prefer brownies?! 
You can make black bean brownies by simply substituting the cake mix for a brownie mix!

You can learn more about the health benefits of black beans here.


  1. How can this be real?! Haha. This looks sooo good, and I will most certainly be trying it. I love how you don't tell John until halfway through. So smart :) Thanks for sharing, and hope the end of the summer is treating you well girlie.

  2. I need to try these-- I can't imagine them actually tasting like real cake or brownies, haha, even though everyone says you can't tell!

  3. Not going to like, I was totally grossed out by the thought but these look AMAZING so I might have to give it a try!
    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  4. This is definitely I am going to try when I transition to eating sugar sometimes

  5. wow! what a great substitute. i made brownies the other week using unsweetened applesauce instead of oil and those turned out pretty good but i like the idea of beans for more protein/fiber. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  6. OMG! I am going to do this to Taylor! Great way to trick her into eating more healthfully!

  7. I SO want to trick my husband with this one :)

  8. A friend of mine recently made this, and no one could tell the difference - truly amazing!

  9. Holy cow that's crazy. Kinda freaks me out thinking about black beans in my brownies butttt I trust your opinion. Trying these soon!

  10. I think I will try this. I would have to tell my husband about the beans afterward, though, or he wouldn't try these.

  11. Who knew?! May have to give these a try!
    xo Southern Style

  12. I keep seeing this and SO want to try it! I think the brownies might go off better with my hubs...

  13. This looks like prefection, will have to try it. Stopping by from #TuesdaysTable


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