Simple Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

I was sent home from the Napa conference at the Culinary Institute of America with a plethora of recipes. As I was paging through some materials from the Bean Institute and a couple of other bean associations, I came across this recipe – a chocolate cake based on chickpeas. I thought I’d give it a try because I have several friends with celiac disease who are always looking for simple and tasty gluten-free options.

A cake doesn’t get any easier than this one, that is of course if you’re not baking with a pre-made box or eating a store-bought cake :-) This recipe contains only 5 ingredients which makes it perfect if (a) you’re strapped for resources, such as baking in someone else’s kitchen or on vacation (b) you need to make a gluten-free dessert last minute (c) you’re tired and don’t want to have a lot of prep or clean-up mess.

What’s lovely about this cake, healthwise, is its got a higher protein and fiber profile and contains slower carbs. I will say that although this recipe is called chocolate cake it’s sort of a hybrid between a cake and brownie but delicious nonetheless. I didn’t use frosting but I recommend you do if you want a more heightened flavor. I sprinkled powdered sugar and orange zest on top so that’s another option. I hope you enjoy it!

Simple Flourless Chocolate Cake
Serves: 8-12
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 4 flax eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan. Melt chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring occasionally until chocolate is smooth (be careful not to cook it).
  2. Combine chickpeas and eggs in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Add sugar and baking powder and blend.
  3. Pour in melted chocolate and blend until smooth. Transfer to cake pan. Bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
Notes
Optional: powdered sugar, frosting or fresh berries

Adapted from Julie Garden-Robinson, North Dakota State University Extension Service

 

  • http://www.authenticsuburbangourmet.blogspot.com Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }

    Trish – I am impressed that such a beautiful dessert contains chickpeas! This looks absolutely divine and I bet you enjoyed every bite. The conference sounds like so much fun! Beautiful photos! Enjoy your weekend!!

  • http://justonecookbook.com/blog/ Nami @ Just One Cookbok

    I’m very very surprised by the simple ingredients…and chickpeas! In cake?! Very interesting and cool ingredient behind the cake! People will remember this cake just because of the unique and simple ingredients. I like how you added the orange zest.

    • http://keepitsweetblog.com Lauren at Keep It Sweet

      Your cake looks gorgeous! I must try baking with chick peas, I’ve only used black beans so far.

  • http://agirlandhercarrot.wordpress.com Jen (A Girl and Her Carrot)

    I Love this Trish! I have used beans in brownies but not in a cake yet, and chicpeas are such a favorite of mine! Maybe next year I’ll make it to the CIA with you! In the meantime, I think I have a can of garbanzos waiting to merge with some chocolate!

  • http://www.thesweetsensations.com Sandra

    This is the second recipe this week I’ve come across that calls for beans in a chocolate cake. Yours sounds delicious and your pictures are great.

    • http://www.delishhh.com Delishhh

      Gorgeous! So simple and nice, and your pictures are fabulous.

  • Colleen O’Keefe

    wow!! so interesting and yet simple! I’ll have to give it a try. photos are also so beautiful. thanks for sharing.

  • http://seemichellecook.com michelle

    I can’t wait to try and fool my kids with this recipe!

  • http://dreamaboutfood.blogspot.com fooddreamer

    Chickpeas? Brilliant, I love this! Buzzing and saving.

  • http://www.theculturaldish.blogspot.com Elyse

    Flourless chocolate cake is the best! This looks beautiful!

  • http://www.gourmetfashion.net Chris’s Gourmet Fashion

    This looks really yummy … I have never attempted a flourless chocolate cake before … thanks for sharing this. It goes on my to do soon list!

  • http://www.butrcreamblondi.com Meghan

    You definitely got my attention with the chickpeas! Very interesting, looking forward to trying this!

  • http://cookbookarchaeology.com Celia

    How lovely! And healthy to boot!

  • http://comowater.com Tiffany

    The orange zest is so great! Beautiful cake :D

  • http://swankydietitian.com Kristen (swanky dietitian)

    I love the short ingredient list!
    This looks incredible. I made brownies with black beans once and they turned out surprisingly well.
    Gorgeous photos!

  • http://lindselicious.blogspot.com Lindsey@Lindselicious

    I can’t believe this uses chickpeas… I’m totally intrigued! Adding this to my list to make soon!

  • http://inkatrinaskitchen.blogspot.com/ Katrina @ In Katrina’s Kitchen

    I am so curious to try this recipe! It looks imply delish and still good (better) for you!

  • http://www.thechefdoc.com Hester aka The Chef Doc

    Hubbaroo, Trish! I so want to make this. I didn’t realize it was gluten-free till I read your post. That’s awesomeness! This will definitely go in my arsenal of gluten-free recipes. I’m glad that you got your Hubby’s approval on this, too. It’s always great to get a recipe that’s been tried and deemed worthy to share with others :-)

    Thanks also for your kind words, Trish! June 10th’s the day! Then, I’ll be on the road to R.D.ing… however long that may take… oy. But, I look forward to wherever the journey may take me!

    XOXO,
    Hester

    PS–I’ve got a rad Asian chicken salad on my page now :-)

  • http://acquiredlife.com Rochelle

    Beautiful cake! The photos are stunning and make me crave a slice :)

  • http://www.alittleyum.com A Little Yumminess

    Looks so good. Interesting addition of chickpeas. Will share with friends with gluten issues.

  • http://sinfullyspicy.com Tanvi

    You must be kidding.Chocolate cake with chickpeas? Thats so creative.Am I missing something or is this the usual way to make flourless cakes?The orange zest makes it look so so beautiful.

  • http://www.cooksbookblog.com Marisa

    This looks fanstastic. Love how it is made with chickpeas–very interesting!

  • http://www.sunshineandsmile.com Kankana

    making me crave for some chocolate cake now :) Very interesting and unique combination. Chick peas to make a sweet dish sounds amazing !

  • http://phdstrides.com Elise

    i LOVE flourless cakes. especially chocolate ones. and i’m excited for this one — with chickpeas. delish.

    love the dish its baked in too :)

  • http://kitchen-confidante.com Liren

    Five ingredients, and one of them is chickpeas? You would never know, just looking at the cake. My, my, I need to try this!

  • http://joyjoycreativeoutlet.blogspot.com Joy

    The cake looks wonderful.

  • http://lemonsandanchovies.wordpress.com/ Jean

    Oh, wow. This is a much healthier take on the flourless cake I know how to make. I can’t wait to try this one. It earned your hubby’s stamp of approval? That’s a winner. :-)

  • http://allieatfood.com Allie

    Even if it is simple, it looks so elegant and would be a great dessert for any special occasion.

  • http://www.mirileigh.com Miri Leigh

    Looks heavenly! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://eatingRD.com eatingRD

    Yum, now that is my kind of cake! Rich chocolate-y goodness. Love the addition of chickpeas, neat!

  • http://bakingandcookingataleoftwoloves.blogspot.com/ Becky

    Hi Trish,
    I came to your blog from Gina’s. I can’t believe their are chickpeas in the that cake . Looks gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. I’ll make this for my husban.and he’ll never know, that it’s good for him. SShhh! Dont’t tell him.

  • http://askthetennispro.net Slavy

    This cake is an Ace. It looks simple enough for me to recreate!

  • http://www.morethanamountfull.com Chef Dennis

    what a stellar cake! I love using chick peas in it, I need to show this recipe to my girls, eat healthy and have your chocolate too!

    glad to hear you had a good time at the conference!
    Dennis

  • http://www.eastewart.com/blog EA-The Spicy RD

    What a great find! This cake looks delicious and I love the simplicity of it. I think the orange zest and powdered sugar on top sounds like the way to go. I love any combination of chocolate and orange!

  • http://jakubick.myblog.de My Sushi

    wow beautiful pictures. That looks gorgeous and delicious.now i am hungry T.T i will try out the recipe^^ i looove sweets

  • http://jakubick.myblog.de My Sushi

    wow beautiful pictures. That looks gorgeous and delicious.now i am hungry T.T i will try out the recipe^^ i looove sweets

  • betty

    THIS LOOKS SO GOOD! and i cant believe its chickpea :)

  • betty

    THIS LOOKS SO GOOD! and i cant believe its chickpea :)

  • Vane_mx

    chick peas really? I am waiting to read the reviews :)

  • Vane_mx

    chick peas really? I am waiting to read the reviews :)

  • http://www.Bigbearswife.com Bigbearswife

    oo I have everything at home to make this!

  • Juju @ getfitjuju.blogspot.com

    Wow! What a great recipe for chocolate cake! Hubby wouldn’t believe that this is made by chickpeas! I need to make this, pronto!! :)

  • bigbearswife

    oo I have everything at home to make this!

  • Juju @ getfitjuju.blogspot.com

    Wow! What a great recipe for chocolate cake! Hubby wouldn’t believe that this is made by chickpeas! I need to make this, pronto!! :)

  • http://samcynsedibleadventures.wordpress.com/ SamCyn

    My husband and I LOVE chickpeas and I of course LOVE chocolate.  I cannot wait to try this.  Thanks for sharing!

  • http://samcynsedibleadventures.wordpress.com/ SamCyn

    My husband and I LOVE chickpeas and I of course LOVE chocolate.  I cannot wait to try this.  Thanks for sharing!

  • http://katshealthcorner.wordpress.com/ Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner

    ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!

  • http://katshealthcorner.wordpress.com/ Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner

    ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!

  • Sian

    Will try this cake tomorrow. Always looking for ways for children to eat chickpeas and the likes.
    Really interesting ingredients

  • Sian

    Will try this cake tomorrow. Always looking for ways for children to eat chickpeas and the likes.
    Really interesting ingredients

  • http://elephanteats.com/ Amy @ Elephant Eats

    Made this last night and it was totally delicious! I wonder if there’s a way to make it equally tasty and chocolatey but with less chocolate chips (i.e. calories).

    • http://dishbytrish.com Dish by Trish

      Thx for trying it out and for reading :) i would love to make a healthier rendition of this at some point. Let me know if you experiment.

  • http://elephanteats.com/ Amy @ Elephant Eats

    Made this last night and it was totally delicious! I wonder if there’s a way to make it equally tasty and chocolatey but with less chocolate chips (i.e. calories).

    • http://dishbytrish.com Dish by Trish

      Thx for trying it out and for reading :) i would love to make a healthier rendition of this at some point. Let me know if you experiment.

  • http://chocolateandcarrots.com Caroline @ chocolate and carrots

    How beautifully simple. Your photos are gorgeous and that cake looks delicious!

  • http://sandraseasycooking.blogspot.com/ Sandra@Sandra’s Easy Cooking

    Look and sound divine Trish..wonderful post and pictures are just so beautiful!!

  • http://diethood.com Kate@Diethood

    Chickpeas and chocolate … wow … I really need to try this because I am so curious to taste it!
    Your photos are gorgeous!!