Flourless chocolate cake (with hidden goodness)

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This flourless chocolate cake is a healthy, gluten free recipe. Perfect for parents looking for healthy snacks for kids.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
Difficulty rating: Easy
Number of servings: 8


  • 400g tin red kidney beans
  • 1/3 cup rice bran oil
  • 5 eggs (large, 50 grams)
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp baking powder (gluten free)
  • ¼ cup choc chips
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • 1/3 cup raw sugar


  • Preheat oven to 180oC.
  • Grease a cake tin with a little rice bran oil.
  • Rinse and drain kidney beans and place in a mixing bowl.
  • Add oil, vanilla and milk to the bowl. Blend the ingredients together using an electric whisk (or hand wand).
  • Add eggs one at a time whisking after each egg is added.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients – cocoa, sugar, baking powder. Mix together using a manual whisk to remove all lumps from the cocoa and ensure the mixture has a uniform texture (apart from the chocolate chips).
  • Mix wet and dry mixtures together until just combined.
  • Pour into greased tin and sprinkle the choc chips on top (as this is quite a liquid mixture if you mix them in the batter earlier they will sink to the bottom).
  • Cook for 20-25 mins depending on the size of your tin. It will rise and look cooked like a regular cake.


  • Swap milk for water or soy milk and leave out the choc-chips (or use dairy-free chocolate) for a dairy free option suitable for individuals who are lactose intolerant.
  • If cooking this cake for children or adults with gluten intolerance, check the baking powder is gluten free. Most brands are but some contain wheat starch.
  • Leave out the chocolate chips for a healthier option.
  • Make your own choc chips by chopping up your favourite larger block of chocolate for a more budget-friendly version.
  • Serve with Greek yoghurt as a creamy side.
  • When purchasing tinned kidney beans, be sure to check the package label and choose a brand with no added salt or fat.

Nutritional content:

Per adult serve

 Energy 991.98 kJ
237.09 cal
 Protein 6.45 g
 Total fat 16.71 g
 Saturated fat 5.45 g
 Carbohydrates 14.90 g
 Total sugars 10.45 g
 Fibre 3.23 g
 Sodium 487.72 mg
 Cholesterol 101.61 mg
 Potassium 307.19 mg
Calcium 60.30 mg
Iron 1.80 mg
Zinc 0.88 mg



  1. AusNut. Nutrient Database. 2007. (cited 15 July 2014). Available from: URL link
  2. AusNut. Measures Database. 2007. (cited 15 July 2014). Available from: URL link
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Date Created: July 29, 2014 Date Modified: July 30, 2014