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Black Bean Lava Cakes

February 13, 2014

These Black Bean Lava Cakes are a healthy dessert that will trick your loved ones into eating their beans! No one will ever know these chocolate lava cakes are made from black beans!

Remember that time I wrote a whole post on how lemon was my favourite cake flavour and chocolate was so cliche for Valentine’s Day? I lied.

As soon as I pulled these babies out of the oven, it was love at first sight. When I dug my fork in and the chocolate came oozing out, I was hooked. And then there’s the fact that the main ingredient is black beans…I have found my soulmate.

Black Bean Lava CakeFood makes me think about things. I’d like to believe I’m not the only person who experiences profound philosophical realizations while in the kitchen. I probably am.

These cakes of goodness got me thinking about love at first sight and the idea of a soulmate. After some deep thinking and 2 lava cakes, I experienced some major epiphanies. I believe you can sense a person’s energy within minutes of first meeting them and that chemistry is a very real thing. I also don’t believe that we all have a single person we are meant to be with. I don’t think everyone can be compatible but I do think we each have at least 5 people in this gigantic world we can make it work with.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going all sister-wife on you (it’s totally cool with me if you’re into that!) I just think finding 1 in 7 billion is kind of a tricky task.

black bean lava cakes 2Despite my beliefs, I do think I’ve found my 1 (or 4) in 7 billion. These Black Bean Lava Cakes have filled my heart with immense joy and I cannot wait to spend my life with them.

Just kidding 😉 You all know who I’m talking about and if you ask nicely I’ll tell you the story of how we met. Let’s just say I got more than a diploma on graduation night!


Black Bean Lava Cakes

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cakes 1x


  • 1 flax egg (1 T ground flax mixed with 3 T warm water)
  • 1 15 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed (or 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (divided)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 pieces of chocolate, for center.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Make flax egg and set aside
  3. In food processor combine black beans, maple syrup, applesauce, apple cider vinegar, and half of sea salt. Pulse to combine (about 1 minute)
  4. Add in almond meal, cocoa powder and flax egg. Process until combined (about 30 seconds)
  5. Add in baking powder and continue processing for another 30 seconds.
  6. Grease 4 5oz ramekins with coconut oil. Make sure to grease well.
  7. Add a 1/4 cup of batter to each ramekin.
  8. Place piece of chocolate and cover each ramekin evenly with remaining batter.
  9. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 25 mins.
  10. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 mins.
  11. Use a knife to loosen edges and then flip ramekins over on a plate. They should come loose easily.
  12. Serve warm. Will keep in fridge for several days.

These Black Bean Lava Cakes are a healthy dessert that will trick your loved ones into eating their beans! No one will ever know these chocolate lava cakes are made from black beans!

If you’re looking to spice up your lava cakes, check out this video where I make a Mexican version of these delicious black bean lava cakes!



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  • Reply
    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    February 13, 2014 at 5:13 am

    1. I better be one of the 5. Just saying.
    2. I LOVE THIS. Thanks for the early bird teaser 😉
    3. Where are the black beans in the recipe? 😉

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 17, 2014 at 10:34 am

      Let it be known I had a minor freak-out that I forgot to include the black beans…so thanks for that 7:00AM wake up call.

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    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats
    February 13, 2014 at 5:30 am

    Seeing your food photography every time makes me want to both get better at mine and do some more baking 😉

    I think that people get too caught up in thinking that there is a ‘one true love’ based on movies, tv shows and books that set unrealistic expectations. You need more than love to make a relationship last including similar values, sense of humour (essential) and to meet each other at the right time. I like you don’t think there is just one perfect person as I think you can make it work with anyone who fits your core values but you definitely have to have the love part there too 😉 How was that for mixing up the holy food porns with something deep?

    Happy Valentines Day <3 <3

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 17, 2014 at 10:35 am

      I love that I can inspire you to improve! That seriously warms by heart 🙂

      I agree that it’s the values that matter. And fortunately we live in a world where a lot of people do share a list of core values (some definitely don’t though!). I’m glad we’ve both found people who share ours!

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    February 13, 2014 at 5:44 am

    So yesterday I said I was making the lace cookies but if you don’t mind, I think I am making these cakes instead today. I love lava cakes and just posted the other day about wanting to make them! OMG and I bought a new can of black beans yesterday just to make sure I had extra in the pantry. Look delish, super excited, thank you lol…As for soul mates, totally agree with you. And I can totally judge within a minute someone’s energy and if we are compatible. It is so not easy to find that person but when you do, you know.

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    erin @ The Almond Eater
    February 13, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Hahha you kill me!! What exactly did you put in those that you started thinking philosophically hmmm? I mean, I don’t usually have thoughts like that when I bake. Tell me the secret lol. I wanna hear yours and C’s love story though (I love love) so make it happen, k?

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    Tina Muir
    February 13, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Annnnndddd Davida does it again! You were so worried about your recipes, but every single one has been a knockout this week! These are YUMMMMMMYYY! And made with black beans too? Well thats great I have a nice big can waiting for me. My boyfriend does not like chocolate cake….so I am trying to make the most of it before we are together….this is another one to make ASAP!

    I am on the fence about love at first sight….although like you these lava cakes were love at first sight, because in my case, dislike turned into like….with time! But maybe that was just intense passion….I just wasnt sure what for yet 😛

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 17, 2014 at 10:40 am

      I’m still on the fence about love at first sight, but love at first bite I totally believe in 😉

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    Kim @ Racing Bananas
    February 13, 2014 at 7:36 am

    WOW!! It’s 6:30am and I’m drooling over these! They look amazing!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 17, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Let it be know that while you were drooling over these at 6:30 AM I was eating them at 6:30 am….I don’t know what’s worse, beans or cake for breakfast haha

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    Elise @
    February 13, 2014 at 7:51 am

    This looks abosultely amazing, and who would’ve thought it had black beans in it?!?! PINNING for sure

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    February 13, 2014 at 8:02 am

    You are a GD genius. As per usual, my friend. One of my all time fav desserts is the melting hot chocolate soufflé from Roys Hawaiian fusion.

    I LOVE the idea of love at first sight & soul mates, but I don’t know if it exists. I hope so! I definitely believe at lust at first sight. 🙂

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    Jen @ SavedbytheKale
    February 13, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Those look amazing!! quick question… could I sub out the almond meal for brown rice flour or would that totally screw it up?

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    February 13, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Chocolate lava cakes are one of my all-time favorite chocolate desserts, how did you know?!? I want them now. I don’t really believe in love at first sight or that there’s only one person for everyone. I do totally believe in chemistry, however, and that you never know who you’ll be drawn to. Yay for love, though. Tell us all the D & C story!

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    February 13, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Davida, these are AMAZING. Look at that oozing chocolate. YUMMMMM! I want to jump on the computer screen RIGHT now!

    ALSO: PLEASE do tell how you met your man. 🙂 We are all wanting to hear!

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    kaitlin @4loveofcarrots
    February 13, 2014 at 8:51 am

    you’re killing me!! I wish I had black beans in the cupboard so I could make these on my snow day!

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 17, 2014 at 10:44 am

      Those are the days when I still wished I lived in my parents house since my Mom is a food hoarder prepared for the apocalypse at all times!

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    Katie @ 24 Carrot Life
    February 13, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Mmmmm I’m loving these! I’ve seen the lava cakes made with beets but hadn’t seen any of the bean brownies turned into a lava cake! I’m asking nicely- I want to hear the story.

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    Heather @ Run Like a G!
    February 13, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Wow – those look amazing!

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    February 13, 2014 at 9:05 am

    HELLLLL YES these cakes are BANGIN!! I think we have a problem, because these look like MY soul mate..all of once…5some?

    Seriously, that ooey brown goodness gushing out looks so delicious.

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    alex @ therunwithin
    February 13, 2014 at 9:26 am

    i was surprised at how much I liked the black bean brownie so this is right up that alley. i found them to actually taste delicious and you can really experiment more with them

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    Em @ Love A Latte
    February 13, 2014 at 9:26 am

    These look soooo good! I do believe in love at first sight. I knew I wanted to marry my husband on our first date (ok, maybe I didn’t know so much that I’d say it out loud, but deep down I knew). We connected immediately like we had known each other forever. That being said though, I don’t think there is just one person out there for each of us. That would just be cruel! I think different people bring out the best in us and different ways and it’s all about finding the person that makes you happy! 🙂

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 17, 2014 at 10:49 am

      Such a sweet story 🙂 I kind of believe in love at first sight. Not necessarily sight but I did know quite quickly I wanted to be with my man and honestly couldn’t imagine my life without him. But are there others out there for me? Maybe, I just never want to find out 😉

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    February 13, 2014 at 9:30 am

    The first time I had a lava cake I’m pretty sure I obtained a higher level of consciousness due to the deliciousness, so I totally get the epiphanies. 🙂 These definitely look like they would lead to the same effect! Please pretty please tell us the story of how you met! I’m sharing about John and I tomorrow in honor of Valentine’s so you basically owe me. Not that anyone asked about John and I… Or that our story is particularly interesting… But still! Just go with it and tell us. 😉

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 17, 2014 at 10:51 am

      hahahahah you win best comment Kim! Screw yoga, achieve enlightenment through lava cake!

      I liked hearing yours and Jon’s story 😉

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    Miss Polkadot
    February 13, 2014 at 9:40 am

    We have a lot in common, my dear! First, yes, I -do- have [more or less profound] philosophical realizations while cooking, baking or eating, too. And why not? It’s another form of therapy so I suppose we’re meant to have them?! Also, yes, chemistry is a real thing. Only I have yet to meet that one – or one of the five – person(s) out there. Until then I’d happily make do with these cakes.
    And now spill the [black or not] beans about how you met. Please?

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    February 13, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Can I marry these!? Please and thanks.

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    Shashi @ RunninSrilankan
    February 13, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Davida – WOA- yes, these cakes would lead to some deep thinking for me too- like how oh how do I eat only one and make these last for more than a day! Healthy and totally enticing!
    So looking forward to hearing about your story on how yall met…

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    Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living
    February 13, 2014 at 10:05 am

    I’ve seen black beans in brownies, but never in lava cake – love it when you discover something new that is also healthy and can stealthily sneak it into a decadent treat.

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    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
    February 13, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Yum, yum and yum! These look amazing! I love using black beans in desserts. One time I made black bean brownies and they turned out delicious. You’d never even know!

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    February 13, 2014 at 10:30 am

    So I don’t have ramekins, but I will seriously go buy them just for this recipe. Jesus, these look awesome. Can you believe I’ve never a lava cake? Considering my chocolate obsession, that’s just wrong.
    P.S. I made your peanut butter chocolate chip blondies for a bake sale today – they are awesome!

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    Brittany @ Delights and Delectables
    February 13, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Oh I die!! Going to try this with cashew meal!!

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    Tonya@Healthy, Fit, and Frugal
    February 13, 2014 at 11:15 am

    “I believe you can sense a person’s energy within minutes of first meeting them and that chemistry is a very real thing” I totally agree. You can definitely sense someone with negative energy straight away. I tend to avoid those people. So lava cake is probably one of my all time favorite desserts! Needs to be served with the right size of vanilla bean ice cream though…at least you keep with the bean theme? 🙂 I have to ask a question regarding the recipe though: Make flax egg and set aside.

    What does that mean to make flax egg? Thanks! I’m a really novice cook! 🙂

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 17, 2014 at 10:15 am

      Hey Tonya!

      Totally agree on the ice cream!

      So a flax egg as I described in the ingredients is just 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons of warm water. When you let that sit for a few minutes in reaches the same consistency as an egg (you can do the same with chia seeds) and is often used in vegan baking!

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    February 13, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I’m drooling over these! They are by far my favorite in your Valentine’s bake-off so far. I can’t believe they’re mostly black beans…crazy talk. Definitely must try these.
    Oh, pick me, pick me! I want to know how you met your man. 🙂 I too believe that you have more than 1 soul mate. It doesn’t even have to be a lover, but perhaps a best friend.
    Love at first sight? My parents (high school sweethearts) would say yes. I think no HOWEVER when I first met my husband I will say that knew there was something about him and I knew he’d be in my life but just wasn’t sure how. I think love is earned over time. But maybe what I felt deep down inside was love at first sight… hmm, I will ponder more. 😉

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 17, 2014 at 10:33 am

      I absolutely agree that love takes time sometimes. I was pretty head over heels with C immediately but in past relationships it definitely took more time.

      I think these were my favourite from the week too 🙂

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    February 13, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    After about 7 relationships (all with guys I was sure I would marry them) I am convinced that there more than 1 out there. btw, will you marry me? I will teach you how to speak SwissGerman. Cause everyone wants to know how to.
    But seriously, Lava Cakes are my soulmates. I Need These in my life.
    And I want to know the Story about how you guys met!!! Is Berlin involved?? LOL.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 17, 2014 at 10:17 am

      hahahaha thank god I didn’t end up with the boy(s) I met in Berlin…

      Did I ever tell you I took a year of german classes? Even before I went to Berlin I had this obsession with Germany. My parents were extremely confused why I wanted to learn german (outside of school btw) but since it was a productive hobby they supported it.

      As it turns out, german is HARD so I quit after a year and stuck to french and italian instead! If you want to tutor me I’ll give you all the lava cakes you want 😉

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    Kristina @ Damn Ten Pounds
    February 13, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I didn’t believe in love at first site until I met my husband (so corny, I know). I saw him and thought “holy shit. that’s the guy.” BUT I don’t think he’s my soul mate. My best friend and I certain we are each others soul mate. Is that weird?

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 17, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Nope not weird. I don’t necessarily believe in soul mates but I have no doubts that if they do exist I found mine 😉 My psychic said we were together in a previous life. Is THAT weird?

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    February 13, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    This. girl. is on fi-yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! This girl is on fiy-aaaaaaaaaaaaah-aaaaaah!

    That’s all I have to say about your entire week of posts.

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    Mary Frances
    February 13, 2014 at 2:05 pm
    I have no words.
    Except that, these are my soul mates, too. Hope you don’t mind sharing.
    P.S. Trying these – how could anyone not fall head over heels for these? You.are.amazing.

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    February 13, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Your pictures are amazing! Just had to let you know. The recipe looks super good- I may have to pick up some flax and apple cider vinegar this weekend 🙂 I believe in lust at first sight- not love. There have been plenty of good looking guys that become absolute duds after talking to them. The first time I saw my husband I was taken back though- I recently blogged about the creepy meeting after being embarrassed about it for far too long, haha. Unfortunately, I do not believe in one single soul-mate. The world is too large and who’s to say my perfect match isn’t living in a foreign country? After being with my high school sweetheart for 8 years and marrying someone completely different, I totally nixed the idea of soul-mates!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 17, 2014 at 10:20 am

      Yup, the world is wayyyyy too big for soul mates but if you’re lucky enough to find something close it’s worth holding on tight!!! Let me know if you ended up making these! You could also sub in lemon juice instead if you don’t have ACV 🙂

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    February 13, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    No one has ever made black beans look more luscious!!
    You might know that I do things like write letters to my future husband for the whole world to see. If I never find that guy, then that’s awkward.

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    February 13, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Chocolate is magical, which is why I’ve been loading up on it lately — I need the smartness. And I’m claiming one of your 5 spots, but I’m not sharing with Arman, so it’s either me or him, lady!

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    Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit
    February 13, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    YES, YES, YES! OMG. I love black beans in brownies, so this healthier take on them has me jumping for joy!

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    February 13, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Wowzer- this feed is blowing up! Undoubtably because these look SO GOOD. I 100% intend to make these (tonight?!) but as you know- I am NOT a baker. Negative baking skill- so I need tips:
    1) can i use a muffin tin?
    2) can I use regular flour or chickpea flower instead of almond meal? (aside: I would love a post sometime for those of us who are kitchen/glutenfree ingnorant on when/why/how of subsitiuting various flours)
    3) ditto question for maple syrup and other liquid natural sweeteners: honey, agave…. obviously different flavors, but otherwise substitutable?
    Can you tell I am a nervous baker?
    I’ll let you know how badly I mess them up- but they look so good, i figure even a fail would be delicious.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 13, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      Hi lo lo!!!

      I miss you! Sending my love 🙂 Now to answer your questions:

      1. You could use a muffin tin but you would probably end up making 5 or 6 instead of 4 which doesnt sound so bad. The dollar store has super cheap ramekins too if youre looking to invest a whopping $4.
      2. regular flour would be just fine! Not sure about chickpea flour in terms of taste and it might be a bit heavy (i’ll write a post explaining the difference between light, medium and heavy flours for you!). I’d go with regular flour since it’s only a 1/4 cup.
      3. Any liquid sweetener would be fine too! I think honey would be fab but I used maple syrup to keep it vegan. Any one would work.

      Don’t be such a nervous baker!!! Remember those cookies at the cabin?!? Clearly you’ve got natural talent 😉 lol

      So happy you liked that salad! The sauce is SO good eh? genius to make rice paper rolls out of it! I am so stealing that idea. Don’t worry, you get full credit!

      Let me know how it goes!

      p.s. I used the cayenne chocolate from ammourette in the center of these 😉 UNREAL.

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    February 13, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    You’re killing me hon. Literally, I’m dead. How in the freakin’ world am I supposed to decide what to bake when you keep giving me something new every day?!
    Epic drool fest right now…

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 17, 2014 at 10:53 am

      I think I got diabetes after all the baking this week! If one had to win, it would be these!

      Hope you had a fab v-day and birthday!!!

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    February 13, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    I actually think I want to try these and not tell my family the ingredients – see if they can guess!!
    I don’t know if I think that there is only 1 exact soul-mate for every one because when a partner dies I know that even if it was true love often the surviver finds true love again.
    Love at first sight? Yes, 100% believe in that!!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 17, 2014 at 10:55 am

      I love playing games like that!!! I tricked my Dad with black bean brownies once and he had NO idea!

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    February 13, 2014 at 6:55 pm!! Definitely need to try this out!

    I’m with you. I definitely believe in soulmates, but I think that we have more than 1 soulmate in this world. I am confident that I found one of mine 🙂 And it sounds like living together is going well for you two huh!!

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    Selena @
    February 13, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Girl you never cease to amaze me! These have my name written all over them! That ooey gooey fudgy chocolate spilling out? Oh my gaahd I need these.
    The fact that these look so delicious and you used all healthy, quality ingredients blows my mind. Can not wait to try these. Another fabulous recipe 🙂

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    February 13, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    I don’t believe in soul mates, but I do believe in kindred spirits. I think there is definitely more than one person that each of us can be with and be happy. But I think that not all of us are fortunate enough to meet one of those people, or meet them at the right time, or what have you. So when you’ve found someone who could be your PERSON for the long haul, I think you should hold onto them. Because it’s kind of crazy to think you’re going to meet ANOTHER one of your kindred spirits again in this life. But sometimes you do. So I guess you never know. That’s the funny and beautiful thing about love.

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    February 13, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Wow you’ve outdone yourself with this one! Totally pinning and making 🙂

    And don’t worry- you aren’t the only one who has profound realizations in the kitchen. I think when you love doing something, it connects you with a more spiritual side of yourself. So makes sense that for us lovers of the kitchen, that some crazy thinking goes on in it!

    I don’t believe in love at first sight, or soulmates. But I, like you, completely believe in chemistry and intense immediate attractions and that there are people we are more suited to be with. There’s at least a handful of people out there for all of us, each that will bring out different, but good qualities in ourselves.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 17, 2014 at 11:03 am

      That or these glorious cakes were laced with something lol

      I definitely believe in lust at first sight, but so much more needs to be there for that lust to turn into love!

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    February 13, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    OMG. Omg. omg.

    These look amazing!

    I don’t believe in love at first site, or soul mates really (unless we’re talking about food). I think the idea of soul mates is kind of depressing actually because what if you don’t find that one person, or what if someone dies, or what if you can’t be together? Nope. I think there are many people on this earth we can be compatible with!

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    February 13, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    I believe in love @ first site when it comes to food – and this is it 🙂 LOL. This sounds crazy to some, but I did fall for Joshua the first moment we met 11 years ago. However, I don’t believe someone can truly LOVE someone until they fully get to know that person.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 17, 2014 at 11:04 am

      That is so sweet 😉 It was definitely lust at first sight for me and C but lust quickly became love and I think that’s why it’s lasted!

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    February 13, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    I think I might have to fight you for your soul mate… these lava cakes look bomb. Just kidding, you and C are too freaking cute for life. I hope someday I find a boy who gets me just as well as he gets you 🙂

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    Goretti Tada
    February 13, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    These look amazing! Totally gonna tr py and make these soon!

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    February 13, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    I would so love a how you met story! Those are my favorite!! Also, I agree. There is no way you only have one person. If we do the statistics, and with China and India taking up most of the population….the chances of me having my ONE soulmate in my immediate area is slim to none and that is so sad!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats
    February 14, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I think it’s totally ok to proclaim love for both citrus AND chocolate (or a sexy combination of the two!). These cakes look soooo ooey gooey delicious!!!

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    Amanda @runtothefinish
    February 14, 2014 at 10:15 am

    DYING this looks amazing!!!!! I am a little scared to attempt it as it seems harder than things I normally do, but I will.

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 17, 2014 at 10:59 am

      You can make these in the food processor so I’d say they’re actually one of my easier recipes!! Promise you can handle them 😉

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    Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.
    February 14, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Wow, wow, wow!!! I am having love at first sight with these brownie too!!!

    I was actually already planning on making lava cake for dessert tonight and have a recipe picked out, but I am switching it up and making these instead! You are a genius.

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    February 15, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    I want to know the graduation night story! Tell me please. It’s sounds kind of naughty which I like even more. Sorta like these chocolate (beany) lava cakes. I’ve made brownies before with beans, so I know just how wonderful they can be in baked goods. One might even say moist. Gasp. Now who’s naughty?!

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    February 19, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Oh my gosh, seriously!? That photo with the chocolate oozing out is insane!

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    Consuelo - Honey & Figs
    February 19, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Beans in dessert are the coolest thing everrrr. I cannot wait to try these! They look awesome, oh wow, look at that gooey center, I think I’m in love too.
    And how couldn’t I believe in love at first sight after knowing that these babies exist?? ;–)

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    February 21, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    hahaha, sometimes I think chocolate is better than a man 😉
    These look truly amazing. Cool that they’re grain-free too!

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    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    February 23, 2014 at 10:53 am

    OMFG!!!!! Ok, sorry for the foul language, but that is some SERIOUSLY intense food porn, lady!! And with black beans? You know this is like the most perfect-est Valentine’s dessert in all of blogland, right? RIGHT?!?!?! You’re killing me…I’m overwhelmed! First the pudding, then the cinnamon rolls, now?? Gahhhh!

    Reining it in a bit, I have to say I agree with you 100% on the love thing…I think it’s ridiculous to say in the WIDE world that we live in that there is only ONE person out there who is our “meant to be”. And while I do believe in the “lust” at first sight (and the chemistry from that), I’ve found with age that chemistry isn’t always something that ignites that fire in the beginning. But in my opinion, you HAVE to have a healthy amount of passion no matter what!

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    February 24, 2014 at 10:58 am

    How much is chocolate is 4 pieces? 2 oz?

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 24, 2014 at 11:10 am

      Just a little bit less than 2 oz but I played it by ear so my pieces weren’t perfect. I would say it’s about 4 pieces from a dark chocolate bar if that makes sense? Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy!

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    March 2, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    I am featuring your recipe this week on Allergy Free Wednesday Davida, thanks for sharing it with us… I love bean based treats!

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    Diva Goes Organic
    March 12, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Wow, I’m practically licking my screen right now! I love black bean brownies so I can’t wait to try this out. Thanks for sharing.

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    April 2, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    This IS brilliant! You can call yourself brilliant all you want! I love these! So cute 🙂

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    January 19, 2015 at 11:22 am

    These look divine! Instead of making a flax egg, would I get smilar results with a real egg?

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    February 12, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Question… What do you do with the other half of the sea salt?

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      Davida Kugelmass
      February 12, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      sprinkle it on top! Sorry about that Sarah!

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        February 12, 2015 at 6:50 pm

        Ah I thought it would be something like that 🙂 Thanks! Making these for V -day this weekend! So excited! I found heart shaped ramekins at superstore 🙂

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    Stella @ Stellicious Life
    February 13, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    I found this recipe of yours when I was looking for some kind of chocolate-y, decadent lava cake-y dessert and am intrigued. I never has beans in a dessert, so 2 questions:

    1) can I substitute kidney beans instead of the black beans (only have kidney beans at home),
    2) and you don’t taste the beans, right? I’m mostly asking because of Boyfriend, so I know how to “sell” it to him, what he can expect.

    Thank you Davida! :–)

    ps. Oh, and did you finally share how you and C met/started dating? Would love to read about it! 😀

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    June 28, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    I don’t have applesauce. What can I use as a substitute?

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