Red kidney bean chocolate cake recipe

Don’t look at me like that.   Red kidney bean chocolate cake is an actual thing, made with red kidney beans, and if you watched Best Home Cook on BBC last week you will see that one of the contestants attempted this in one of the rounds


That programme reminded me that I had written this post a few years ago having made my own.  Made partly because I was pulling the face that you probably are now when I heard about it and partly because #NationalChocolateWeek was rapidly approaching and I was off chocolate

And sugar

And butter

And wheat

And therefore cake / biscuits / sausage rolls / bread


By trying it out I could then report back to you and let you know if it really is the most revolting thing ever, and to avoid it at all costs, or if it is surprisingly edible, and not as bonkers as you might think.   You see, I am good like that.

I can report back that whilst it wouldn’t win any prices for a chocolate cake on the taste front (as Mary Berry and Angela Harnett confirmed), it is certainly edible.   And if you are trying to eat healthily whilst still needing to satisfy an urge to eat chocolate cake it does win

Even if it is totally mad.

Can you make chocolate cake with kidney beans?

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Kidney bean chocolate cake
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Chocolate flavoured cake made with kidney beans
Recipe type: Easy
Cuisine: Cake
Serves: 12
  • Large tin of kidney beans
  • 5 eggs
  • 150g coconut oil
  • 15 dates, roughly chopped
  • 1tbs vanilla extract
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 12 raspberries or 6 cherries, pitted and halved
  1. Except for the raspberries or cherries, put everything into a high powered food processor such as a Thermomix and blitz everything until it resembles cake batter. In a Thermomix this was four minutes on speed 6
  2. Pour into a 20cm cake tin that you have greased and lined with greaseproof paper
  3. Dot cherries/raspberries over the top of the mixture
  4. Bake for 30 mins at 150c

If you make it, do let me know what you think of it!

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  • This is genius! I am going to try it this week, just to see what it takes like…. I may even take it in to my Slimming World group and see what they think!! It looks nice, I can’t wait to taste it:-)

  • Thank you for this recipe. I tried it with black beans instead as didn’t have kidney beans. It took 50 mins @ 150c until just firm in the middle. I think I may add some dark chocolate chips next time (extra calories of course) but it’s a decent satisfying snack.