Butter and Flour Free Chocolate Cake Recipe

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This contains chickpeas which might sound strange but actually works really well! It doesn't taste particularly 'chickpea'-like and is still incredibly moist despite having no butter.

You can easily make this completely gluten-free by using gluten-free baking powder too.

This was made in an 8" square tin.

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Servings: 16 squares


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  1. Mash or blend the chickpeas as much as possible.
  2. Beat in the eggs til smooth.
  3. Mix in the sugar and baking powder.
  4. Pour in the melted chocolate and mix well.
  5. Transfer to a 8-inch cake tin and bake at 175 degrees C for about 40 minutes.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 48g
Recipe makes 16 servings
Calories 173  
Calories from Fat 73 42%
Total Fat 8.71g 11%
Saturated Fat 4.55g 18%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 20mg 1%
Potassium 281mg 8%
Total Carbs 22.33g 6%
Dietary Fiber 5.3g 18%
Sugars 9.27g 6%
Protein 6.32g 10%
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  • Lauren CoffeeMuffins
    This does sound strange, but in an intriguing - want to try it sort of way. What an interesting idea, can't wait to try it!
    • kathy vegas
      Doesn't sound strange at all, I've been making a very similar version of this for years (mine uses cocoa instead of the melted chocolate and a splash of orange juice to help the baking powder rise a bit). And I wizz my chickpeas in a food processor to puree them, but this is basically the same thing. It really does taste like fudgy brownies, people are always amazed that there's no flour in these...and they're so healthy, too!
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      • Daddy Antonio Soler
        This looks really good!
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        • Rosario Vitale
          I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
          • Eileen
            I love this recipe, my husband and I ate the whole pan in two days, now I'm trying them with shredded coconut in them.
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            • Hungry Jenny
              March 2, 2011
              Mm, chocolate and coconut is a great combo, sounds fantastic! You might also enjoy my Light Chocolate Coconut Squares, uploaded elsewhere on this site (minus the chickpeas ;-) x
            • carl
              hey everyone
              I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
              • Princess Kahani
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              • ShaleeDP
                August 16, 2017
                This looks awesome. hope i can recreate this :)
                • nükhet kuzuoğlu
                  June 13, 2012
                  thanks a lot for this recipe. what can i add if i put less chocolate?
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                  • Hungry Jenny
                    June 13, 2012
                    Hi Nukhet

                    You're welcome! Hm, I'm not sure actually, if you were wanting to make it less chocolately-tasting, perhaps subbing in half amount of puréed fruit like raspberry or strawberry? Or if you're wanting to cut back on the fat/sugar content, then perhaps sub in some healthier olive oil?

                    However, I'm not entirely sure that either would work because it might be messing up the structure of the cake a bit - but you've now given me inspiration to play around this recipe so I'll post up an alternative recipe soon if the experimentation goes well!

                    Hungry Jenny x
                  • Hungry Jenny
                    March 24, 2010
                    Hi Catherine, yeh I tested this on my hungry aikido guys yesterday and they all wolfed it down! I think this was my first (successful) attempt at flourless cake so would love to see what recipes you have if you've got any to share!
                    • Catherine Pappas
                      March 24, 2010
                      I love flourless cake, but I've never tried a butter free. I should try it! This cake looks and sounds delicious! Cheers~
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                    • Hungry Jenny
                      March 23, 2010
                      Hi Kathy, I had to mash the chickpeas because I haven't got round to buying a blender yet! Will have to try out your version one day :-)
                      • Hungry Jenny
                        March 22, 2010
                        Thanks Lauren, yes I thought it was really strange when I first heard of it but it actually does taste quite chocolatey and not too much of chickpeas :-)

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