This chocolate beet and lentil cake will be your little secret boasting of flavor and aroma. Who would have thought that a dessert can be truly beneficial for our bodily systems? Each slice of this chocolate lentil cake boasts of fiber and superior anti-oxidant power coming from beets and lentils.
As you may know, fiber is critical to the blood sugar control, hence control of your cravings. And with antioxidants comes protection of your body on the cellular level. Aging is the number one outcome of the oxidative stress we experience every day of our lives.
Want to relax and enjoy life? Have a piece of this chocolate beet and lentil cake!
Benefits of the Chocolate Lentil Cake
Double Chocolate Beet and Lentil Cake
- 2-4 (1.5 lb/650 g) large beets roasted or boiled, peeled and quartered
- ¾ cup (175 ml) cooked or canned green lentils drained and rinsed
- 2 cups (500 ml) all purpose flour
- ½ cup (125 ml) cocoa powder
- 2 tsp (10 ml) baking soda
- ¾ tsp (3 ml) sea salt
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 1 cup (250 ml) olive oil
- 1-⅓ cup (325 ml) maple syrup
- ⅓ cup (75 ml) strong coffee cooled
- ¼ cup (60 ml) buttermilk shaken
- 1 cup (250 ml) dark chocolate coarsely chopped
Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Line 9×13 inch (22×33 cm) baking dish with parchment paper and lightly grease with olive oil.
Combine in the bowl of a food processor, peeled beets and lentils. Process until smooth, scraping down sides of the bowl once or twice. You should be left with about 2 cups (500 ml) of beet and lentil puree.
Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
Beat eggs in the bowl of a stand mixer until frothy, about 1 minute. Beat in olive oil and maple syrup until glossy, another 2 minutes.
Beat in coffee, vanilla, and beet/lentil puree until incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
Add the dry ingredients on low speed until incorporated. Pour in buttermilk and chopped chocolate. Gently mix.
Scrape into prepared baking dish. Bake for 35-45 minutes until wooden toothpick comes out clean. Cool on baking rack. Then cut into squares.
There will be a lot of cake to go around! I took 3 huge squares over to my neighbors to taste this amazing chocolate, beet and lentil dessert.
You can easily slice this chocolate cake up into pieces and serve it on the table accompanied by fruit and herbs. You can add a dollop of heavy cream to pour on top of this double chocolate sensation.
Or, there’s an option to freeze extra pieces of this cake and take out when you want it!