Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe : made with beans instead of flour

Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe : made with beans instead of flour

I came across this flourless chocolate Cake in MyMagazine a publication from Kroger. I have made flourless chocolate cake before but this one had an ingredient that took me by surprise to the point that I had to try it right away. Here is a flourless chocolate cake that uses Garbanzo beans instead of flour. How can you possibly create a chocolate cake that is dense and full of chocolate flavor using a can of beans? Well, folks, this is the recipe for you. Not only is it dense and a rich chocolate flavor but with the addition of the Garbanzo beans you get extra fiber. HINT: just don’t tell your guests before you serve it.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless cakes look like something you can only get at a fancy bakery or restaurant but if you have a food processor, (One of my must-have kitchen appliances) you can make this cake in 15 minutes prep time. That is significantly lower than a traditional layered cake.


I bet you did not believe me, but look what is going in my food processor:


Now the magic happens, while you are melting your chocolate in the microwave, no double boiler needed, you just swirl all your ingredients.


Now add your melted chocolate, probably best to have cooled a few minutes so you don’t cook the eggs.


Bake it in a 9 inch round cake pan.


After 10 minutes invert onto a serving dish. I kept mine on a baking rack to allow some of the heat to escape.


While it is pretty by itself, powdered sugar makes everything look even better. Using a doily I made a fun Heart design. Simply cut out the desired shape.


Place it on your cake


Shake powdered sugar over the entire top of the cake.IMG_1815


Take off the paper carefully to expose the design


Look how decadent this cake looks.


Want a bite?


with Beans

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

a decadent flourless chocolate cake that uses garbanzo beans to replace the flour


  • 1½ cups semisweet chocolate chips or broken up chocolate bar
  • 1 can, 19 oz. garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 eggs, at room temp
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp instant coffee grounds or espresso powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • confectioner’s sugar, for dusting
  • Fresh raspberries, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan.
  2. Melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave for about 2 minutes total, stirring every 20 seconds after the first minute, until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Be careful not to over heat your chocolate
  3. Combine the beans and eggs in the bowl of a food processor, or mix with a hand mixer in a large glass bowl. Blend until smooth. Add the sugar and the baking powder; pulse to blend or combine with the hand mixer. Pour in the melted chocolate, expresso powder, salt and vanilla and blend until smooth, scraping down the corners to make sure the chocolate is fully incorporated. Transfer the batter to the prepared cake pan.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 to 15 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate. Dust with confectioner’s sugar just before serving, garnishing with raspberries, if you like. Refrigerate any leftovers.


Adapted from Kroger My magazine

Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving Calories 306Saturated Fat 8gCholesterol 83mgSodium 180mgCarbohydrates 36gFiber 2gSugar 31gProtein 4g
All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on stayingclosetohome.com should only be used as a general guideline.

Other chocolate cake recipes you might like:

Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe

Easiest Texas Sheet Cake Recipe-

OREO Cake Recipe

Rich Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Chip Frosting Recipe

Have you ever baked with beans before?


  1. Beans! Wow! I’d never even think of doing this!

  2. Garbanzo beans! Genius. I have never baked with them but this looks super easy and like a great substitution.

  3. Interesting. I have never baked iwth beans. Need to try this!

  4. That sounds fantastic. I have never cooked with beans in my cakes before.

  5. I bet this is yummy. I would love to try it!

  6. I will have to say that I never would have thought to cook with beans much less make a cake with them. Once again Maria, your culinary skills amaze me.

  7. Totally forgot that angle since my kids are good eaters…

  8. Oh I hope she likes it.. there are many flourless chocolate cakes but this is the first with beans I have made

  9. Pinned this! It looks so delicious. I would love for you to link it up to my “This Is How We Roll Thursdays” link party at http://wondermomwannabe.com tomorrow (party opens at 5 am EST).

  10. That looks amazing! I can’t believe there are black beans in there!

  11. oh that is so cool how you used garbanzo beans instead of flour. I so want to try this!

  12. Beans. Wow that is so neat.

  13. I had no idea that you could bake with beans. This looks delicious and super easy to make!

  14. It’s so interesting that this is made with garbanzo beans! Either way, I’m a fan of chocolate anything so I would love to give this a try! They look delicious!

  15. I have seen so many flour less recipes lately, I can’t wait to try this recipe… plus I still can’t believe that this recipe uses chick peas.

  16. Chickpeas? No flour? What a brilliant idea -a much healthier option!

  17. this looks so yummy. I love all things chocolate especially brownies.

  18. Oh wow! I usually have garbanzo beans lying around for chili. I’m going to have to try this for my next cake!

  19. I need to make this for my daughter! She can’t have flour so she’s always looking for tasty, flourless desserts.

  20. I never thought you could make a cake with beans! How cool…this is a must as my children wont eat beans.

  21. What an interesting concoction! I love chocolate cake!

  22. I bet this is really delicious and so much healthier for you too!

  23. I have baked with black beans before. It’s a great way to eat a little healthier!

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