The Healthy Gooey Black Bean Chocolate Mud Cake!

Posted by: on Okt 6, 2015 | 68 Comments

The Healthy Gooey Black Bean Chocolate Mud Cake! www.Earthsprout.com

Yes, there are lilacs in these pictures so I’ve obviously been longing to share this recipe with you ever since early summer. Life happens, projects explode (like this tv-show thing!) and slightly unexpected things pop up. Anyhow, if there is any season more suitable for a rich and gooey chocolate mud cake it’s gotta be fall, right? (..although honestly, it’s a pretty perfect flavor any time of year).

But let’s talk about this creation, friends because truthfully – it has climbed to the very top 3 of my favorite recipes ever and made itself very comfortable there. This might be due to that chocolatey melt-in-your-mouth consistency, the one that makes you roll your eyes and float away to cloud nine on a total foodgasm trip. Just being honest over here you guys, this cake hits the spot on so many levels. Take my word for it, you wanna make this and you wanna make this now.

Ehm, also – did I mention this flavor bomb is totally good for you?! Yeah. That too. I’ll tell you that Fabians mom who’s pouring the milk chocolate sauce in the pictures below was one happy & healthy taste tester. The other day when I made this again (just you know, ”securing” the recipe before posting..) Caspian even got a little piece after being the best helper. This marks his first ever sweetened treat so that’s how confident I am that this cake is really high vibe and full of goodness.

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Fun & Fabulous Facts

– Black Bean Superfood Desserts

I think all the ”free’s” can be rather overused these days and I prefer using more inclusive words. Still, I want to let you know how far from the transfat-laden and non health promoting original (that I had in coffee shops as a teen) this is. This dessert is actually flour-free, vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free. It’s a good-for-you-cake with clean & whole ingredients but it still has that rich and indulgent feel. No white flour, no eggs, no dairy, no white sugar and no store-bought chocolate bar in sight and still so delish. The secret, you ask? Black beans! I know you may have tried a black bean dessert before and chances are it’s been really good but I dare you to try this mud cake and prepare for friggin’ paradise.

When it comes to making chocolate desserts black beans are a dream. The color, the consistency, the filling feel you get after eating them and the health benefits they lend to your creation. By being a total fiber and protein superhero like many other legumes are, these gems are terrific for your gut health and for securing your intake of protein. In 1 cup of cooked black beans you’ll actually find the same level of protein as in 1/4 cup of fish or chicken plus you have tons of fiber and incredible health promoting and cell protecting phytonutrients (and you’re way kinder to the earth). This rad combination of fiber and protein is also what works wonders with regulating your blood sugar by steadying the pace of which the foods you eat move through your digestive tract. So if desserts (even healthy ones) gives you that shaky sugar spike then try this mud cake.

So, ehm.. need more convincing? Didn’t think so.

The Healthy Gooey Black Bean Chocolate Mud Cake! www.Earthsprout.comThe Healthy Gooey Black Bean Chocolate Mud Cake! www.Earthsprout.com The Healthy Gooey Black Bean Chocolate Mud Cake! www.Earthsprout.com

Black Bean Chocolate Mud Cake

Serves around 6-8
You’ll need: a 7 inch springform pan

Dry Ingredients
1/2 vanilla bean, scraped OR 1/4 tsp pure vanilla powder
1/4 tsp high quality salt (himalayan, sea salt etc)
1/4 cup organic fair-trade cacao powder
1 tsp baking powder

Wet Ingredients
1 2/3 cup cooked black beans (you can use 1 can store bought beans here if you wish)
1/4 cup maple syrup

2 tbsp flax flour (grind 1 tbsp flax seeds or buy pre-ground) + 4 tbsp water
1/3 cup virgin coconut oil, gently melted
1 cup / 165g dates (approx 10 medjool or 15 deglet nour)
1 tsp apple cider vinegar

  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C | 347°F
  2. If making your own flax flour then grind 1 tbsp of flax seeds now. You’ll end up with 2 tbsp of flax flour which you’ll add to a small bowl along with the 4 tbsp water, stir well and let sit for 5-10 minutes until it forms a gel.
  3. Pit the dates and rinse the beans well. Add dates, beans, maple syrup, flax gel, vinegar and liquid coconut oil to a food processor (melt the oil in a water bath or on the stove in a saucepan on low heat). Before blending, add the dry ingredients. Blend until you have a smooth chocolatey mousse mix (see last picture).
  4. Line a 5 inch pan with baking sheet or simply grease it with a small amount of coconut oil and pour the batter into it. Bake in the center of the oven for 25 minutes. Let cake rest for 10 min before cutting into it. Dust with a teaspoon of coconut flour and serve as it is or with your preferred toppings. Fresh berries, coconut chips, cacao nibs and a lil’ milk chocolate sauce (below) are amongst my fave picks. 

Notes: This Mud Cake is gooey so if you’re into less gooey-ness then bake it for 5-10 more minutes OR simply let it set in the fridge for a bit. I do however have to say that the best way to enjoy this creation is while it’s still warm from the oven.

Milk Chocolate Sauce
3 tbsp unsweetened plant based milk
1/4 cup raw cacao butter, gently melted
1/4 tsp pure vanilla powder
1.5 tsp organic cacao powder
0.5 tsp arrowroot powder (makes sure the sauce does not separate)
1 tiny pinch good quality salt
0.5 tbsp raw honey / maple syrup / a pinch or drop of stevia (although sweetener here is optional)

  1. Add the raw cacao butter to a saucepan on low heat. Immediately stir in the rest of the ingredients and remove from heat as soon as the cacao butter has melted. Let set in the fridge for some 15 minutes (or while the cake is baking + resting).

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Oh! Please let me know about your previous experiences with beans in desserts in the comments below! Had one? Made one? Total disaster? Loved it?

Also, may your lips have some chocolate stains very soon! (Let me see them on Instagram! #earthsprout @elenoreearth)

Elenore

*Also in these picures, my favorite ceramics by Nomadic Essentials with all natural Spanish clay made with so much love.

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68 Comments

  1. Avril Eastwood
    6 oktober, 2015

    Oh wow I’m going to buy some black beans in our next shopping trip and make this. I haven’t made any deserts with beans before. But am so going to make this. Elenore you’re just amazing xx

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    • ElenoreEarth
      7 oktober, 2015

      You are the sweetest Avril! I’m so excited you’re going to try it! Do let me know how you like it :)

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      • Avril Eastwood
        12 oktober, 2015

        Elenore, this evening I made your cake and milk chocolate sauce. The cake was just yummy and everyone enjoyed it. I’m not so sure I made the milk chocolate sauce right tho, it didn’t look anything like yours ?. It was too bitter (my silly tummy isn’t good with strong things). Will have to try it again ? and maybe get it right the next time. Thank you for all your hard work. Are you ever going to write a cook book it would be fabulous if you did. Your recipes are always so brilliant. xx

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        • ElenoreEarth
          16 oktober, 2015

          Hey Avril! THANK you for your ah so sweet words! A book, yeah, sure! One day :) I’m so thrilled you guys enjoyed the cake! How strange that the sauce didn’t work out! Did you use good quality raw cacao butter? any added sweetener? high quality (and not too old) cacao powder? You didn’t forget the vanilla possibly? I’ve never ever had it come out anything close to bitter so I’m just wondering what might have gone wrong.

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          • Avril Eastwood
            19 oktober, 2015

            Hi Elenore, I definitely did something wrong to the sauce. It didn’t look any where near the colour of yours. It’s possibly that my cacao butter was at fault. The cacao powder doesnt last long enough in this house to go stale :) I will try it again as yours looks so delicious. I didn’t make much either, so maybe I should double the quantities. Thank you so much :)

          • ElenoreEarth
            21 oktober, 2015

            Better luck next time then (and I hear you about the cacao powder;)..With you in spirit <3 <3

  2. Alexandra | Occasionally Eggs
    6 oktober, 2015

    Lookin good, Elenore! Those flowers are a nice reminder that spring isn’t so far off! I am wondering how on earth your chocolate sauce didn’t seize with the addition of the water-based plant milk? I guess I could just try and find out. As soon as I saw ”milk chocolate” mentioned I was rushing to see what your secret was!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      7 oktober, 2015

      Hi Alexandra! I’m not sure I know what you mean by seize..? ( I even tried googling but it’s all ‘seize the day’) :D Haha..

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      • Alexandra | Occasionally Eggs
        10 oktober, 2015

        I thought that might be a hard one to translate! It’s when chocolate will harden if water is added when you’re making it. If some water mixes with cacao butter, it won’t go smooth. I’m sure you’ve seen that at some point making raw chocolate :)

        I’m going to try to make a ”white chocolate” coating today for some little cookies with coconut milk and see how it turns out!

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        • ElenoreEarth
          11 oktober, 2015

          That’s what I guessed :) Languages, eh?! Funny.. Anyway. The arrowroot powder is the magic trick for the sauce. That is what keeps it all smooth and milk chocolatey delish! I hope you like it Alexandra <3

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  3. Anna
    7 oktober, 2015

    these pictures are sublime and the cake looks mouthwatering :D

    https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/

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    • ElenoreEarth
      7 oktober, 2015

      Thanks a bunch Anna! Always so great seeing your love here :)

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  4. Inês
    7 oktober, 2015

    Just saw this amazing creation on instagram and had to check it! It looks delicious and so easy to make. Can’t wait to try it. And lovely photos as always. Thank you Elenore!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      7 oktober, 2015

      Hi Ines! Yay! It truly is – just throw it all in a blender and the bake it. Pretty darn awesome if I may say so myself <3

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  5. Angelie
    7 oktober, 2015

    Looks absolutely scrumptious Elenore! I’m going to make this tonight, with balck beans from the garden :) Hopefully there will be enough (have 150g dried)! Pretty much just wanna skip dinner and make this now, but… must be sensible. Anyways – looking hugely forward to tasting this wonderful cake :D Oh! And the sauce – YUM!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      9 oktober, 2015

      Oh my goodness! Home grown beans and this cake. Gosh, you know I actually feel honored :)

      Reply
  6. Kimberly/TheLittlePlantation
    7 oktober, 2015

    So much gooey gorgeousness!!!!
    Must make this and can’t believe you kept this recipe from us for so long ;)

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  7. Ashlae
    7 oktober, 2015

    Pretty sure there’s no other human on this planet who could convince me to make/eat/LOVE a black bean cake.. except YOU. I halved the recipe and made it in little ramekins and it is oh-so delicious. Especially with a drizzle of almondmilk caramel sauce on top. Big, greenylicious love to you, woman. <3

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    • ElenoreEarth
      11 oktober, 2015

      Ashley you are the best! I’m kinda super psyched I made you try it then! My mission in this world accomplished ;) So. So. SO much love to you my friend! Wish I could pop by to try your little mini-versions!!!!!

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  8. Sophie | The Green Life
    7 oktober, 2015

    I love love love everything about this cake! It looks so incredibly gooey, plus super easy to make. And YAY for black beans in desserts! Definitely making this in a very near future. Thank you Elenore. <3

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    • ElenoreEarth
      11 oktober, 2015

      I agree, Yay for healthy and totally delish desserts that are actually truly easy to make! (total lifesavers!!) Thank YOU Sophie!

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  9. Maya
    7 oktober, 2015

    I’ve been looking for a healthy cake that my 2 year old can enjoy. She hasn’t been exposed to many sweets yet, so this looks like a wonderful option. I’m excited to try it!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      11 oktober, 2015

      That’s so great Maya! Just like Caspian! This one is perfect then.. I think she’ll love it :)

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  10. Alena
    8 oktober, 2015

    ahh, this looks amazing (as always, so inventive Elenore!)!! I’ve been searching for a ”healthyfied” chocolate desserts for a while now, and this just might be it! Can’t wait to try it this weekend :)

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    • ElenoreEarth
      11 oktober, 2015

      That’s so awesome, Alena! I hope you got a chance to try it (and hopefully love it). Have the best week and thank you for your loving words!

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  11. Leah
    8 oktober, 2015

    wow, this looks SO YUMMY!! my bday is around the corner and i just might need to play with some mud. xo from maine!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      11 oktober, 2015

      Yay! Mud playin’ with your little one perhaps!?

      Reply
  12. lydia
    9 oktober, 2015

    I was so close to eating a piece of chocolate mud cake yesterday but it was full of soy so I decided against it and to make my own this weekend. Last night I actually wondered if there’s some kind of a healthy version with beans or something.
    And then I just saw your Instagram post as I woke up.
    YOU’RE HEAVEN SENT! xxx

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    • ElenoreEarth
      11 oktober, 2015

      My goodness you gotta love the universe! So cool! Synchronicity on a high level :) I hope you got a chance to give the recipe a go during the weekend! Sending love <3

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      • lydia
        11 oktober, 2015

        I made one yesterday and (another incredible act of this crazy universe) had a few friends staying that broke down with their car on a trip cross country (what are the chances?).
        So I couldn’t eat the cake all by myself but got the joy of seeing everyone loving it – nobody could guess or understand how it’s made of black beans though. Same happens everytime I bake a raw cake. Oh I love food! haha
        much love back to sweden! xx

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        • ElenoreEarth
          12 oktober, 2015

          What a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing! LOVE your work by the way – just incredible!

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  13. Julia
    9 oktober, 2015

    Elenore, amazing, beautiful and inspiring as always! But seriously, you don’t add any further liquids?! I had to add a lot of oatmilk to keep my vitamix from dying. Anyways – it turned out mega delish! Thank you!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      11 oktober, 2015

      Hey Julia! Nope, no extra liquids. I do however recommend using a food processor and not a blender for this batter as noted in the recipe. I can totally imagine this one would be tough for a vitamix… I’m so thrilled it worked out with all the extra liquids though! So rad!

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  14. peg mckenna
    9 oktober, 2015

    I recently made a chocolate cake with red kidney beans and topped it with a chocolate ganache made with avocado. Sounds strange but it is my new favorite chocolate cake!

    You can find the recipe on line – I changed it up a bit and used orange blossom honey in both cake and ganache. It is also on my recipe of the month (this month)at http://www.pegmckenna.com

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    • ElenoreEarth
      11 oktober, 2015

      That sounds so rad! I sure will have a look! Thanks for sharing Peg!

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  15. Marie-Hélène
    9 oktober, 2015

    Oh wow! I’m totally fan of black bean based desserts! The Mocha and Black Bean Mousse Cake (http://www.greenkitchenstories.com/mocha-black-bean-mousse-cake/) from Green Kitchen Stories was delicious, as are the addictive Black Bean Chocolate Chili Cherry Cookies (http://www.mynewroots.org/site/2011/11/black-bean-chocolate-chili-cherry-cookies-2/) from fabulous Sarah at My New Roots. I’m sure this cake will be awesome and delicious! I’m making this tomorrow for sure. Thank you Elenore <3

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    • ElenoreEarth
      11 oktober, 2015

      So you’re a total black bean dessert pro then :) YAY for using good stuff in sweet treats! Lots of hugs!

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  16. Eve
    9 oktober, 2015

    Smoooooch!
    That’s how I feel about this.
    I am a huge fan of Sarah B’s black bean brownies and I think this just may become a new favourite.

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    • ElenoreEarth
      11 oktober, 2015

      I’m pretty sure you mean Sarah’s black bean cookies? ..if so – yes, they are gorgeous! Have fun baking Eve! Hope you had a great weekend <3

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  17. Julia
    9 oktober, 2015

    this looks and sounds FABULOUS Elenore!! So in love with you and your epic creations! can’t wait to try this <3 <3

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  18. Christine // my natural kitchen
    9 oktober, 2015

    Yes!! This cake looks fantastic and I am truly excited to make it this weekend. My sister made me some black bean brownies before and we loved them, but your cake (especially warm: YUM) looks even more delicious. Love this! Happy weekend! xo

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    • ElenoreEarth
      11 oktober, 2015

      Yum! Brownies are always a good idea. You could actually take this recipe and make little brownies as well if you like. However, the secret is in the sauce ;)

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  19. Rebeca
    10 oktober, 2015

    Oh my, I’m speechless! This cake looks insanely good, and it has the best ingredients ever to boot! Excited to try it asap. Thank you, Elenore.

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    • ElenoreEarth
      11 oktober, 2015

      Yay! So thrilled you like it! Thank YOU for popping by! <3 All love.

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  20. Sara
    10 oktober, 2015

    Hi Elenore !

    Just one question…
    Should I salt the water when cooking the beans for this recipe ?

    Thank you :)

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    • ElenoreEarth
      11 oktober, 2015

      Hi Sara!
      It doesn’t make that big of a difference. I’ve tried both home cooked salted and not salted and I’ve tried store bought beans. My advise for you is to try the batter in the blender before adding that final pinch of salt. We’re all different! Have fun baking :)

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  21. sara
    12 oktober, 2015

    this looks amazing! might even try it for my little boy’s birthday this weekend… though where we live, raw cacao butter (sounds divine) is not available from anywhere i’ve seen…? is there anything else that could be substituted? cocoa butter? coconut oil? that you might suggest?

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    • ElenoreEarth
      16 oktober, 2015

      Hi Sara! I’ve only ever tried making the milk chocolate sauce with cacao butter because well obviously I wanted it to really taste chocolate without adding loads of cacao :) Anyway, you say cocoa butter wich is actually the same thing as cacao butter so if you have that – go for it! If not, I’m sure coconut oil would work, it just wouldn’t have that milk chocolate’y feel and taste (although I’m sure it would taste divine!)

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  22. kaja
    13 oktober, 2015

    Beautiful pictures, very happy to discover your blog.
    Could I substitute part of the coconut oil with the cocoa butter (just cause I have it and havent use yet..) Also, do you think it would be possible to add a shot of espresso or a zest of orange? I like how it makes the taste of chocolate even deeper, but don’t want to ruin the recipe.

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    • ElenoreEarth
      16 oktober, 2015

      Absolutely go for the added flavorings Kaja, sounds divine and won’t ruin the recipe/consistency at all. You can absolutely use some cacao butter in the cake if you wish. It’ll add another chocolate note although more expensive and hard to come by then coconut oil. Don’t forget to make the milk chocolate sauce it’s absolutely amazing!

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  23. Lenka
    15 oktober, 2015

    Since the moment I read the title of your email I knew I had to make this. I once made a deep dish cookie with chickpeas and didn’t like it at. Afterwards anytime I was seeing beans in a recipe I just thought uuugghh, nooo! , until I rencently saw some black bean brownie pictures that looked just too appetizing not to try the recipe out. I was amazed! I have been struggling to get gooey brownies and after many unsuccessful tries with some more classic ingredients, I got it! So I knew I had to try out your recipe, and when I knew that a friend took some time off with her boyfriend, I thought now is the moment, let’s see if we can take care of her with a cake made with a lot of love. Now I’m waiting for my pressure cooker to release the pressure from the freshly cooked beans, flax gel and pitted dates are already waiting and the oven is heating… this is gonna be georgeous, can’t wait! I’m definitely making the milk chocolate sauce too!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      16 oktober, 2015

      Thank you for sharing Lenka! I’m glad you and beans in desserts are friends again and I truly hope the cake turned out the treat you were all hoping for (..and I think it did). What a perfect moment you describe. Lots of love to your weekend!

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  24. Brooke
    16 oktober, 2015

    Made this yesterday and today- doubling the recipe today. We used regular egg instead of the ‘flax egg’ and didn’t make the sauce- came out perfectly :) Thanks!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      16 oktober, 2015

      Great thinking! Happy Weekend Brooke – so glad you tried the recipe and brought your happy vibes here <3

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  25. Lenka
    16 oktober, 2015

    the cake came out absolutely delicous, but the sauce separated, buhh! I measured by eye, but except I used the exact ingredients and followed your instructions, any idea about what could have gone wrong? Thank you so much!

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    • Lenka
      17 oktober, 2015

      PD I used homemade cashew milk….

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    • ElenoreEarth
      19 oktober, 2015

      Right! Next time try using exact measurements and give unsweetened store bought plant based milk a go!Thanks!

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  26. Susannah (Lemon and Coconut)
    19 oktober, 2015

    Black beans soaking ready for me to be more adventurous with them! Wow, that cake looks so good! I agree about the too many free from thing, but I have to avoid so many things it’s hard to escape!I don’t know how to show what my recipes are free from, without it being this crazy list! :)

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    • ElenoreEarth
      19 oktober, 2015

      I totally know what you mean Susannah! It’s a weird situation.. but its all ok – I mean whole foods are beautiful either way :)

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  27. Julia
    19 oktober, 2015

    AMAZING! I just made the cake in absolutely no time while getting ready for bed to read the rest of your post (scrolled down to the recipe quickly after seeing the gorgeous photos, hehe). For everyone who doesn’t have black beans in the pantry, I used chickpeas instead and it tasted so delicious! You wouldn’t know that it is pretty much guilt free. There aren’t many things better than being snuggled up in bed eating a chocolate cake. Thank you xxx

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  28. Die Rote IRis
    20 oktober, 2015

    This looks great!
    I need to try this,
    but I have one question:

    when you say ”dates”
    do you mean the dried ones?
    Or the fresh ones? (which here in germany I can buy only in deep winter)

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    • ElenoreEarth
      21 oktober, 2015

      Hi! by dates I mean the fresh, juicy ones like medjool or deglet nour. In sweden we can buy them in regular supermarkets but it’s also a breeze to order from any superfood/raw foods related site that I’m sure you’d be able to find in Germany too :)

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  29. Kathleen
    22 oktober, 2015

    Love this! I am going to try it for sure. And congrats on the TV deal!

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  32. Cathy
    2 augusti, 2016

    This cake looks So Delicious, I have to make it this weekend for company. I want to know if you have ever tried freezing it for future indulgences? Then I could make many!!!

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