Black Bean Chocolate Cake with Frosting

I adapted some recipes off the internet to come up with this.  So perhaps, you or your friends might find other ways to tweak it too.  I wanted to make a healthier version of a chocolate cake for my husbands birthday.  I was surprised with how yummy this turned out!

Black Bean Chocolate Cake
1 can black beans rinsed
3 eggs
1 tsp fresh ginger
3 heaping Tbsp cocoa powder unsweetened
1 tsp of baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2- 3/4 cup of dates and or figs
1/2 an organic orange with peel or two clementines
1 tsp vanilla
Handful of unsweetened shredded coconut
2 Handfuls of walnuts (I like the handful measurement.  It works for me.  Just wash your hands first.)
1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips

I used 1/2 cup of dates and figs.  If you want it sweeter, add more dates than figs.  You could increase it to 3/4 cup of the dried fruit if you need it sweeter.  I have some dried orange peel and used about a tsp of it, but you could use fresh orange peel from an organic orange.  I took 2 clementines I had and squeezed the juices over the dates, figs, and peel and added the vanilla and then left the pulp on top sitting maybe an hour or so to let yjr peel and dried fruit soften.

Then I used my Blendtek blender to blend everything down to the vanilla thoroughly.  Then I threw in a handful of unsweetened shredded coconut and a couple of handfuls of walnuts and blended a few seconds more.  Then I poured it into a loaf pan I'd greased and dusted with cocoa powder.

Next I took 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips and put that on the top, and then I baked it at 350 for 45 minutes. 

I made frosting for it, but it seemed silly to put the frosting on top where all the delicious melty chocolate chips are.  So instead I cut a slice and frosted the side like you would a slice of bread.  It was almost more like a chocolate brownie in a way than a cake.  Anyway, here is the frosting:

Chocolate Frosting:

1 cup of cashew
3 dates
4 figs
1/3 Cup of yogurt
1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp of melted coconut oil

Or do 4 dates and 3 figs if you want it sweeter.  Soak the cashews, dates, and figs for at least one hour.  Then blend these with the remaining ingredients.  Then put it in the fridge till you're ready to use it.


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