Baking with Beans 101
Why 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.
How to use them
Super easy. Drain and rinse your can of beans, and then puree them in a food processor with the rest of your cake batter ingredients. (If you’ve been putting off investing in a basic food processor, consider this the perfect excuse!)
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 — SmartPoints® value 3*
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!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 40 minutesCool: 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.