Well! I will try to remain polite by just saying that I have been pleasantly surprised!
If I propose you a cake without butter (without any kind of dairy product actually!) without fat added whatever it is, without flour and sugar, are you interested? Mmmmh, not really right? And if I show you this beautiful chocolate cake, are you at least intrigued?
Yes it’s true, this delicious cake contains chickpeas and dates!
It was while I was taking a look at the blog “Avocat & chocolat” (in French) (you must look at it if you don’t know it!) that I stumbled upon this recipe that made me curious: “Chickpeas and dates chocolate cake”. As everything I find intriguing about cooking, I need to try… and here is the result! A beautiful fondant cake that for sure will impress your guests (and your taste buds;)!
- 370g rinsed and drained chickpeas
- 2 eggs
- 200g well dark chocolate
- 100g dates (weight without stones)
- 180ml water
- 1 packet of baking powder (or 11g)
- 1 tbs vanilla aroma
For the finishing touch
Bitter cacao powder or icing sugar (optional)
We start with our “sugar”:
So first remove stones from dates to get 100g of fruits. Boil the water and dig in the dates for 5 minutes (heat off).
In the meantime, melt the chocolate on a low heat.
Then, blend everything little by little:
- Pour the dates and their water into the bowl of the blender and add the melted chocolate – blend;
- Add the first half of chickpeas – blend;
- Add an egg – blend;
- Add vanilla and baking powder – blend;
- Add the 2nd half of chickpeas – blend;
- Add the last egg – blend;
Pour the mixture into a plain round baking tin covered with some parchment paper and bake for 30 minutes at 180°C.
At the end, a beautiful cake with nice cracks on it (I’m fond of cracks – a cake with cracks is inevitably good to me :p).
Let it cool down in its own time on a wire rack before removing the cake from the tin.
Just before serving, sprinkle some icing sugar or some bitter cacao powder on it. I tried both, I validate both :p
I though I could serve the cake with some vanilla ice cream… but it was before tasting it! Nothing to add to this cake, you just have to taste it now :)
The dietary info of the day!
For those who have anaemia as I do, I just have to say: get a move on! With the same quantity, cooked chickpeas contain as much iron as grilled entrecote of beef, a perfect way for a good nutrient boost :D