Cake. Chocolate Chips.
Chocolate chips IN cake!
And it’s healthy!? Say whaaaaat?!
Yes. YES. YES!!!
Since I have a serious sweet tooth and I enjoy baking and eating almost as much as I love running I am constantly on the hunt for healthy recipes that tickle the taste buds and fuel me throughout the day. This moist cake-like snack fits the bill as I find myself reaching for a slice when the late afternoon hunger hits (instead of going to the dangerous Whole Foods trail mix bar- phew) .
A few months back the hubs came up with some crazy idea to make a low- sugar, high fiber cake with garbanzo beans as the main ingredient. Garbanzo beans in a cake?! What? Trust me on this one and you won’t be disappointed. Honestly, I’ll admit that at first it sounded less than appealing, but in an effort to be a good, supportive wifey I simply replied, “If you make it, I will eat it.” That day I don’t know what he did in that kitchen to make all of the ingredients magically come together, but the result? Holy wow! A spongy, high fiber and protein, low in fat, cake-like afternoon snack!! Well he showed me! I ate a piece and then another and then another. And that just about brings us up to date. 🙂
The recipe is so simple, delicious, healthy and random that I just had to share!
Hope you enjoy this healthy snack as much as we do!
1 16-19 ounce can of chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans) rinsed
1/4 cup stevia powder minus 1 Tbsp.
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a blender, combine eggs, garbanzo beans, stevia, applesauce, baking powder, bananas, and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth. (Note: don’t put the garbanzo beans in first, as the blender needs something with more liquid to start.)
Pour mixture into a greased 8×8 baking pan. Sprinkle in chocolate chips. Bake for 50 minutes or until crust turns golden brown and begins to crack.
Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15-20 minutes before cutting into slices. Store in fridge. Cake will be spongy and relatively dense, so use a napkin!