Healthy Flourless PB Chocolate Cakes
Baking with Beans 101Why beans? The consistency of pureed beans gives sweet baked goods a surprisingly rich texture. And unlike egg yolks, oil, cream, and butter -- other things that would give your goodies that decadence -- beans are super healthy. They're low in calories, full of fiber, and packed with protein.
1/8th of recipe (1 cake): 105 calories, 2.5g total fat (1.5g sat. fat), 326mg sodium, 21.5g carbs, 4.5g fiber, 4g sugars, 6g protein
Built-in portion control is always an advantage when you're dealing with things as delicious as chocolate and peanut butter! These treats are so low in calories, though, feel free to have a couple of 'em!
Cook: 40 minutes
Cool: 1 hour
One 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup (about 4 large) egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup canned pure pumpkin
1/4 cup Truvia spoonable calorie-free sweetener (or another no-calorie granulated sweetener; see HG FYI)
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. peanut butter baking chips, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously spray 8 cups of a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray.
Place all ingredients except peanut butter chips in a food processor. Puree until completely smooth and uniform.
Fold in 1 tbsp. chopped peanut butter chips.
Evenly distribute batter into the 8 cups of the muffin pan, and smooth out the tops. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tbsp. chopped peanut butter chips, and lightly press into the batter.
Bake until a toothpick (or knife) inserted into the center of a cake comes out mostly clean, 35 - 40 minutes.
Let cool completely, about 1 hour.
MAKES 8 SERVINGS
HG FYI: Truvia spoonable calorie-free sweetener is about twice as sweet as sugar. If using a no-calorie granulated sweetener that measures cup-for-cup like sugar instead of Truvia, double the amount called for in this recipe.
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