Black Bean Molten Lava Cakes

Happy belated Valentine’s Day! I sit here snowed in again, this time by a blizzard with type 2 hurricane winds. A blizzicane? Trains are cancelled, coffee shop closed, traveling discouraged. But that means plenty of time to cook! Just in case you didn’t get enough chocolate in yesterday, here is one more recipe. But paleo and vegan, so you don’t have to feel guilty about this one. Just like the avocado last week in cookies, I was a bit skeptical of black beans, but I can promise that with some cocoa powder and a food processor, you don’t notice them. And when you have chocolate pouring out of the middle, it can’t be bad. The cayenne and cinnamon add a nice spicy kick as well.

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            I need to work a bit more on the “molten lava” part of this since it was more like gooey, half molten magma. I didn’t have any dark chocolate chunks and was forced to use chocolate chips, so the interior had sporadic molten pebbles throughout. Still tastes delicious, but not quite same the effect of melted chocolate oozing out. Serving hot is a must, and I would also recommend whipped cream or a warm raspberry sauce, especially if you want to be festive. Here is your chance to redo Valentine’s Day the healthy way! You can even use some of those chocolates from your heart-shaped chocolate sampler (I know you received one) to put in the middle. Just make sure it’s not one of those weird flavors ;).

Wish there was a bit more lava there....
Wish there was a bit more lava there….

Black Bean Molten Lava Cakes

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1/8 cup maple syrup (add more if you want it sweeter)

1 banana, mashed

¼ tsp cinnamon

pinch cayenne

½ tsp sea salt

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 flax/chia egg (3 tbs warm water, 1 tbs flax/chia seeds)

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

¼ cup almond meal

1 tsp baking powder

4 pieces chocolate

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Make flax/chia egg.
  3. Combine black beans, syrup, banana, cocoa powder, cinnamon, cayenne, apple cider vinegar, and sea salt in a food processor and pulse until combined.
  4. Add in almond meal and flax/chia egg and pulse again. Then add in baking powder and pulse until everything is fully combined and smooth.
  5. Grease 4 ramekins with coconut oil and add ¼ cup batter to each.
  6. Place a piece of chocolate in each, then cover with the remaining batter.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes, then remove and let cool for 10 minutes.
  8. Enjoy warm with berries, powdered sugar, or whipped cream.close1

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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