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 a recipe similar to the one below – a chocolate cake based on chickpeas.

Let me tell you, a cake doesn’t get any easier than this one, with the exception of a pre-made cake box or 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
 
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Ingredients
  • 1½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 4 eggs (or flax eggs)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Optional: powdered sugar, frosting or fresh berries on top
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350℉. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan.
  2. Melt chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring occasionally until chocolate is smooth. Be careful not to cook it.
  3. Combine chickpeas and eggs in a food processor or blender and process until smooth.
  4. Add sugar and baking powder and blend. Pour in melted chocolate and blend until smooth. Transfer to cake pan.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
 

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  • 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!!

  • 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.

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

    • 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.

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

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

  • Flourless chocolate cake is the best! This looks beautiful!

  • 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!

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

  • How lovely! And healthy to boot!

  • The orange zest is so great! Beautiful cake 😀

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

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

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

  • 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 🙂

  • Beautiful cake! The photos are stunning and make me crave a slice 🙂

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

    love the dish its baked in too 🙂

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

  • Joy

    The cake looks wonderful.

  • 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. 🙂

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

  • Looks heavenly! Thanks for sharing!

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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

  • 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!

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

  • 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 🙂

  • Vane_mx

    chick peas really? I am waiting to read the reviews 🙂

  • 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!! 🙂

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

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

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

  • ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!

  • 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

  • Sian

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

  • 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).

    • 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.

  • 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).

    • 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.

  • 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).