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Garbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake (Gluten Free!)

Rated as 4.61 out of 5 Stars

"A very good high-protein alternative to flourless chocolate cake. Give it a try!"
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1 h 10 m servings 229
Original recipe yields 12 servings (1 9-inch round cake)


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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch round cake pan.
  2. Place the chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl. Cook in the microwave for about 2 minutes, stirring every 20 seconds after the first minute, until chocolate is melted and smooth. If you have a powerful microwave, reduce the power to 50 percent.
  3. Combine the beans and eggs in the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth. Add the sugar and the baking powder, and pulse to blend. Pour in the melted chocolate and blend until smooth, scraping down the corners to make sure chocolate is completely mixed. Transfer the batter to the prepared cake pan.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes in the preheated oven, 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 confectioners' sugar just before serving.


  • Editor's Note:
  • Look for labeling on chocolate chips and baking powder to be sure ingredients are truly gluten free if serving to people with severe allergies.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 229 calories; 8.5 36.8 5.2 62 180 Full nutrition

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Great recipe. I made it into cupcakes, but I did tweek it a little. I added a teaspoon of baking powder, a teaspoon of vanilla and 5 tablespoons of butter. (I melted the butter in with the ch...

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I think that my expectations were a little too high for this recipe; I have just started to try out gluten-free cooking and products. I didn't have very high hopes for baked goods without glute...

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Great recipe. I made it into cupcakes, but I did tweek it a little. I added a teaspoon of baking powder, a teaspoon of vanilla and 5 tablespoons of butter. (I melted the butter in with the ch...

My mother-in-law is gluten and lactose intolerant, so I thought I'd give this a shot on her last visit. Yum! Very cakelike, good nutty texture and taste from the beans. I think I would change...

Incredible! I shared this with co-workers and they loved it. The taste of gluten-free food keeps getting better and better. Note for previous reviewer: Hershey, Reeses, & WalMart Brand chocolat...

Uh, this is RIDICULOUS... Ridiculously fantastic! For a point of reference, I have been buying the Trader Joe's flourless chocolate cake... this recipe is just as good if not better! I substi...

This cake is the most delicious and decedent chocolate cake I have ever tasted! For all those reviewers who are giving this recipe 1/5 stars, you must NOT be following the recipe correctly. It ...

I made this cake out of plain curiosity in my search for healthy deserts - it was so much better than i had ever imagined! Garbanzo beans...who would have thought? I covered the cake with strawb...

Unbelievable! I tried this because I thought it sounded interesting (maybe a little bit weird). I told my husband to try it first since I wasn't sure. But it is THE BEST FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE...

I have made the chocolate version several times and love it. Even non-Celiacs in the family love it and it is realitively healthy since there is no butter, or oil in it. I have also made my own ...

Great recipe. Served it to 7 people & they all liked it. My 12 year old daughter had 2 pieces. I processed the beans ALOT & it was pretty smooth. No one could taste the beans @ all but fel...