Monday, April 2, 2012

Chocolate Cake Meets Garbanzo Beans: Gluten-Free Indulgence!

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Who said gluten-free food is boring?

Who doesn't love chocolate cake? As we try to eat better, we wondered if there was a way to enjoy our favorite dessert in a more healthy way. Who knew the answer lied in garbanzo beans!

We introduce you to Garbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake-- the classic chocolate cake reinvented with a twist! This gluten-free cake is fun and innovative, without sacrificing taste. Give it a shot and you will see how gluten-free can be delicious!

Garbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake Recipe
(adapted from serves 12)

1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
1 can (19 ounce) garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
4 medium eggs
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp butter
1 tbsp confectioners' sugar for dusting (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread butter on a 9-inch round cake pan.
2. Put the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 2 minutes. After a minute of heating, you should stir every 20 seconds until the chocolate is melted and smooth in consistency. Note, if you are using a powerful microwave, you should set the power to 50 percent.
3. Combine the eggs and garbanzo beans in a food processor. Mix until smooth.
4. Add the sugar and baking powder into the food processor bowl and "pulse" to blend the ingredients. Pour melted chocolate in the bowl. Blend the mixture and keep scraping the chocolate off the corners to make sure it's mixed well. Once smooth in consistency, remove the batter and place in the cake pan.
5. Put the cake pan in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, depending on how you like it. You can insert a knife in the middle of the cake to test it. If you like the cake moist, then remove it from the oven when there is slight batter stuck to the knife. Otherwise, wait for the knife to come out clean.
6. Place the pan on a wire rack and cool the cake in the pan for 10-15 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and dust it with confectioner's sugar if you would like before serving.

The verdict? You can have your cake and eat it too!

We went beyond the recipe, to see its nutritional content. Bon'App shows that one portion of the cake has 245 calories, 28g sugar, 162mg salt, 8g bad fat and 6g protein.

This shows that the sugar is actually a bit high in the recipe.  So feel free to tweak the amount you use in the recipe based on your liking.

Give it a try and don't forget to tell us how it turns out!

1 comment:

  1. Gluten free food comes in all types of food even desserts and cakes like this. I'm so glad because I'm planning to bake a cake for my dad this weekend. It has to be gluten free because he has a Celiac disease. I'll head to the nearest store and buy gluten free products Long Island so I could try out your recipe.