Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Garbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake

I generally love anything with garbanzo beans (a.k.a chickpeas) in it. So, I naturally had to try out the recipe I received for Garbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake. The recipes only calls for 5 ingredients. It's really easy to make. It's also flourless (gluten free), healthy and packed with protein.

The resulting cake is dense and tasty and probably more "brownie" than "cake". I topped it with fresh whipped cream and raspberries but I'm considering a peanut butter icing since chocolate and peanut butter is one of my favorite combinations.


  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (19 ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 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.

Monday, June 21, 2010

French Omelette

This morning, I made the PERFECT French Omelette thanks to Julia Child. It's a technique that requires a little maneuvering but is done in no time. I served it over some homemade jambalaya (last night's labor of love) with a piece of cornbread on the side.