This dense, fudgy cake is a breeze to make, and you can easily dress it up for special occasions. Don’t expect a sweet cake, however; its slightly bitter dark-chocolate flavor pairs well with the similarly bitter orange zest. For a special Valentine’s Day dessert, cut individual slices of cake, then use a cookie cutter to form small heart-shaped cakes that you can garnish with a fruit coulis and fresh berries.
“Talk about a cake with benefits! It’s packed with protein and fiber to satisfy your taste buds and your body.And using coconut sugar, which is mineral rich and lower on the glycemic index, is an amazing alternative to conventional sugar.” Erika Weissenborn B.Sc. FNH, CHN
Makes: 12 servings
- ¼ cup (60 mL) water
- 2 Tbsp (30 mL/28 g) Skinny B cereal
- 1 can (19 oz/540 g) black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup (120 mL) sugar (coconut sugar, brown sugar or white sugar)
- 3 Tbsp (45 mL) cocoa powder
- 1 tsp (5 mL) pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder
- Zest from 1 orange
- ½–¾ tsp (2.5–4 mL) salt
- ½ cup (120 mL) chopped vegan chocolate
- 1 cup (250 mL) fresh blackberries, for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 350F (175C) and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
- Pour the water into a bowl, stir in the Skinny B cereal and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Place all the ingredients, except the chopped chocolate and blackberries, in a blender and process until smooth. Pour the batter into the loaf pan, sprinkle the chopped chocolate evenly across the surface and use the back of a spoon to push it all into the batter. Bake for 35 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and transfer the loaf pan to a wire rack to cool completely. To serve, remove the cake from the pan, discard the parchment paper and cut into individual slices. Garnish with fresh blackberries. The cake will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for 5 days.
Nutrition Facts for Dense Chocolate Cake
NUTRITION FACTS: PER 56 G SERVING. Calories (100) Total Fat (4 g) including Omega-3 (230 mg) and Omega-6 (190 mg) Total Carbohydrates (17 g) Dietary Fibre (3 g) Protein (4 g) Provides 12% of your daily iron needs based on a 2000-calorie diet.
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