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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
    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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    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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    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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    [email protected]
    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    [email protected]
    February 19, 2014 at 10:57 am

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

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    [email protected]
    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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    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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    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.

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      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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