Chickpeas and Chocolate – Made For Each Other

You are probably thinking I’m out of my mind.  Chickpeas are for hummus and chocolate is for cakes and cookies,  right? Technically, yes.  Stick with me though and I’ll make you a believer. My oldest daughter, Cookie, is gluten intolerant.  Having baked goods in the house makes me feel bad for her because she can’t have any of it.   A few months ago I  reviewed a little recipe eBook called Cooking With Beans.  There is a recipe in the book for a Garbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake.  I was very skeptical about how good this would be because chickpeas have a very distinctive,  strong, almost metallic flavor.  Since the confection was going to be gluten free I powered ahead despite my reservations.

It was freezing cold and we were getting our first blizzard in many years.  The girls had never seen so much snow so they went outside and made their happy snowman.  Now it’s later in the evening and they had their noses pressed up against any available window so they could watch the myriads of snowflakes blow furiously by the house.  I knew we weren’t going anywhere and I had a hankering for something chocolaty. When I went digging through the cupboards I found a bag of forgotten semi-sweet chocolate chips.  So I pulled out the recipe for Garbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake and started mixing. I had anticipated that I was going to try this so I asked Hubby the day before to get me a can of garbanzo beans.  Then it dawned on me that I had chick peas in the freezer from several months before.  SO, I used those instead.  Here are the ingredients:

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Recipe courtesy of Cooking With Beans:

Garbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake (gluten Free)



2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips

1 19-ounce can rinsed and drained garbanzo beans

4 eggs

1 teaspoon of vanilla

¾ cups of white sugar

½ teaspoon of baking powder

½ cup of chopped walnuts

1 tablespoon of confectioner’s sugar


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl.

3. Microwave chocolate on medium heat for 2-3 minutes, stopping to stir every 20-30 seconds until chocolate is completely melted.

4. Combine the beans, vanilla and eggs in a food processor and pulse until smooth.

5. Add the sugar and baking powder, pulse again until blended.

6. Pour in chocolate and blend again until well combined.

7. Stir in walnuts gently by hand.

8. Transfer to a greased 9-inch round cake pan.

9. Bake for 30-40 minutes in the preheated oven until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

10. Cool and dust with sugar before serving.

Jones, Rhiana (2013-09-25). Cooking with Beans (Frugal Living Academy) (Kindle Locations 391-413). RLJ Publishing. Kindle Edition. [/dropshadowbox]

It’s not the most beautiful cake in the world.  One fantastic thing about it is I was able to fool even the pickiest and most discerning of sweet confection connoisseurs – my Dad!  He really liked it and had to restrain himself from eating more than he should.  He could not for the life of him figure out what the cake was made out of when I asked.  Not only is the cake delicious, super moist, but it’s also full of protein and gluten free to boot.  Give this a try and see whom you can fool!

31 comments for “Chickpeas and Chocolate – Made For Each Other

  1. February 21, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Oh wow this sounds awesome!! I love unique recipes like this that add in something you normally wouldn’t!! Might have to try this out!

  2. February 21, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    This looks really, really good! Yum!

  3. February 21, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    This is definitely an interesting combination, but it sounds pretty good!

  4. Vanessa: thequeenofswag
    February 22, 2014 at 12:11 am

    That’s an interesting mix. I like that it’s grain free.

  5. February 22, 2014 at 12:12 am

    I had no idea you could make chocolate cake out of chickpeas This looks delicious and so moist.

  6. February 22, 2014 at 12:14 am

    I have pinned SO many bean based brownie and cake recipes … just haven’t gotten brave and tried it yet!

  7. February 22, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Wow, I would never have thought of using chick peas, EVER…what a neat idea!

  8. February 22, 2014 at 2:08 am

    That’s crazy! I’ve never heard of using chickpeas, but it looks so good!

  9. February 22, 2014 at 10:11 am

    I’ve tried using chickpea flour before & wasn’t thrilled with the results. I think I would like this better, since the canned legumes would lack the bitterness of the uncooked flour.

  10. February 22, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    I love that your dad couldn’t figure it out! I never thought of using chickpeas..

  11. February 22, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Oh wow this is an interesting recipe! Will have to make this for my mom!

  12. February 22, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Oh yummy! We’ve made treats with garbanzo beans and almost everyone loved it!

  13. February 22, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Wow I agree I would have never thought that these two items could go together to make a yummy dessert.

  14. February 23, 2014 at 12:32 am

    I’m so glad you found a way to let your daughter enjoy baked goods without issue! I would never think to use chick peas in cake!

  15. February 23, 2014 at 3:04 am

    Baking with chick peas – what an inventive idea. Although, with watching Food Network’s Chopped!, it’s amazing to see what people can create with uncommon ingredients and pairings. My hubs has celiac so we’ll have to try this!

  16. February 23, 2014 at 8:44 am

    This is amazing and the results look delicious! I am going to be pinning this recipe and trying it out very soon. I wonder if it could fool my dad as well as it did yours?!

  17. February 23, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Ok, i can’t lie… I’ve never thought of mixing the 2 together but this looks good!

  18. February 23, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    That looks really good. Love the chickpeas in it.

  19. February 23, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I wouldn’t have thought to use chickpeas in baking. This chocolate cake looks delicious.

  20. February 23, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    This cake looks delicious! I had no idea that you could use beans or chickpeas as an alternative to flour when baking a cake. This is wonderful

  21. February 23, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    I know you can use black beans in brownies, but didn’t know about chickpeas in cake… love it! I’ll try it soon!

  22. March 3, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Interesting combination for sure! I love both so maybe I’d love them together?!?

    • March 3, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      You would be so surprised. It fooled my dad. MY picky, picky dad!!!

  23. March 21, 2014 at 11:13 am

    This sounds interesting. I pinned it to try later!

  24. Lauryn R
    April 8, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Great post! I would have never even thought to put these ingredients together without your post. It does sounds less than delicious from the ingredients, but looks pretty good and I think it will definitely be something worth trying! Thanks!

  25. April 9, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Holy wow, I never would have considered using chickpeas to make a cake. Mmm…. cake.

  26. May 15, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Wow I would have never thought to put chickpeas in a chocolate cake. Awesome!

  27. January 1, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Hi Lucero, just like everyone else, at first I thought this recipe sounds really strange. I actually gave it a try and absolutely love it!!! This is such a moist chocolate cake! I brought it to a few potlucks and it’s always a bit hit!
    It’s so easy to make and good for you. I will definitely try with chopped walnuts next time. Thanks for a great post!

  28. April 6, 2018 at 10:03 am

    I know you can use black beans in brownies, but didn’t know about chickpeas in cake… love it! I’ll try it soon!

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