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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

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  • 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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  1. 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 🙂

  2.!! 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!!

  3. 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!!

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

  4. 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…

    1. 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!!!

  5. 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.

    1. 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.

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

    1. 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 🙂

    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.