Hello and welcome to the first post of 2015! I’m not sure about you guys but I pretty much have the same resolutions every year which are to be healthier, exercise more, eat less chocolate, work less and holiday more. Unless I win the lottery any time soon working less is probably not an option, I have already started planning my upcoming holidays so that at least is a step in the right direction and I went for run with Darwin in tow, which I don’t mind admitting I think is going to hurt tomorrow. This post is the start of me trying to eat a little healthier while still trying to satisfy my sweet tooth, it’s a recipe adapted from a weight watchers and uses up any mint candy canes you might have left over from Christmas. Still has chocolate , although I did say ‘less’ chocolate. I was a little confused with the use of black beans in the batter, but it really does give the cake a rich dark colour and makes them so moist they are simply delicious, all the while giving you a healthy dose of fibre in your diet. Go on enjoy and here’s wishing this year is the best year ever for all xxx.
- 1 Tin of black beans, washed and drained.
- 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup of melted unsalted butter
- 4 medium eggs
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp mint extract
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp plain flour
- 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chunks / drops.
- 1/2 cup of white chocolate chunks
- 1tsp vegetable oil
- Crushed peppermint candy canes. I used about 2 as that all i hate left over, but the original weight watchers recipe suggests 4.
- Preheat the oven to 175C / 350 F.
- If using a baking pan then coat then pan with cooking spray. The size of the pan should be about 8 x 8 inch.
- Place the beans, sugar, cocoa powder , both extracts and blitz in a food processor until completely smooth.
- Add the flour and chocolate drops and pulse until combined.
- pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly. Bake for 25 – 30 mins or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool completely before attempting to add the topping.
- Melt the chocolate with the vegetable oil over a steaming water and then drizzle over the cooled cake.
- Sprinkle over the crushed candy canes.
- Let the topping cool completely before attempting to cut into squares and then triangles.