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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

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cakes 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax mixed with 3 tbsp 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 four 5 oz ramekins with coconut oil. Make sure to grease well.
  7. Add a 1/4 cup of batter to each ramekin.
  8. Place a piece of chocolate in the center and  then cover each ramekin evenly with remaining batter.
  9. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 25 mins.
  10. Remove from oven, sprinkle with remaining sea salt 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 and reheat in microwave if desired.

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

    Can I marry these!? Please and thanks.

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

    Wow – those look amazing!

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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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