And no, this is not just a healthy cake with vanilla beans...it's a healthy cake with bean beans. Organic Great Northern Beans in this one, specifically. I'm still scared to play around with a disastrous attempt at chickpea cookies, so I opted for the subtle white bean.
As I've been sick on and off for months and waiting to get results back on some tests to determine if I have a thyroid issue, I decided I may as well try and get a head start just in case. Though I eat super healthy as is, when I researched online foods to eat for hypothyroidism, I learned I needed to cut back on a few of the things I consume frequently, like sweet potatoes and kale. I'm upping my protein without as much starch or flours, even gluten-free. So while not raw, this recipe satisfies my sweet tooth, need for protein and lack of flour of any kind.
|Yields about 9 squares in an 8x8 dish. Recipe can easily double to serve more|
Vanilla Bean Cake
1 can (about 1 and 1/2 cup) Great Northern Beans, rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon maca powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder like Hains (I love this kind because it is gluten-free and corn-free)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
3 large organic free range eggs
1/2 cup raw honey
1. In food processor, puree beans until smooth. Add in other ingredients until combined, and then pour into a 8x8" greased pan (I opted for coconut oil; another good metabolism-boosting food).
2. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-38 min or until middle doesn't jiggle a bunch. Let cool on wire rack for one hour.
Will look something like this:
Honey tip: my friend Lindsay, a health and fitness fan as well, suggests using raw honey that is local to help with allergies, too--bonus! Not only will you support local business, it could keep those springtime sniffles at bay.
I got this idea from several different recipes I found online, and combined them and tweaked them a bit to custom create this one. I loved the moist richness and it literally melts in your mouth (the main ingredient is a bean, after all). I could probably eat this at any meal....