I love black beans, especially in home made soup with smoky bacon added to it. Knowing they are good for you is an extra bonus too. That is actually a bit of an understatement - they are seriously good for you - high in fibre, folate, protein, antioxidants and vitamin B, along with numerous other vitamins and minerals. In fact in Brazil, one of the world's key black bean producers, they have even been given an exclusive place on the Brazilian Food Pyramid, which means they are essentially recommended as their own unique food group.
But I digress and the aim of this blog isn't to sound like a public health broadcast! I am leading to the fact that I was intrigued to read about a chocolate cake containing black beans as one of the main ingredients on the blog A Hippie with a Minivan. I had been toying with what to make for the We Should Cocoa January Challenge where this month Chele at Chocolate Teapot has set us the task of making something 'healthy' with chocolate. Things such as relatively healthy flapjacks sprung to mind but when I saw this recipe I knew it would fit the bill nicely. While the cake does contain butter and sugar the black beans are the main ingredient, replacing flour, so also making it gluten free. The other bonus is this cake is so quick and easy to make. It is best served warm with a nice dollop of creme fraiche (low fat of course....).
The recipe can be found here on A Hippie with a Minivan blog.