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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
    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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!!

    • Reply
      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!

  • Reply
    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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