Indulgent Black Bean Chocolate Cake – 1sp

Black Beans?

Does anyone else find when they’re dieting their body instantly craves cake?  Yes!  Hands up here!  Trying to find a cake that’s low in points and also delicious is a big ask.  If someone had suggested switching out the flour with a tin of black beans, I would have baulked.  Sounds gross, doesn’t it?  I genuinely think you’ll be amazed though.  It’s a moist and decadent tasting cake that reminds me of a chocolate fudge cake or a chocolate brownie.


1 SmartPoint

I’ve tweaked the original recipe to make it much lower in points.  Dependent on how many slices you cut your cake in to, it can go to as low as 1sp per slice.

cake ingredients

The ingredients are all readily available at your local supermarket.  You can switch the xylitol out for your chosen sweetener if you prefer.  There’s a note and a link re xylitol in the notes at the bottom of this post.

Here are the ingredients:

Black Bean Chocolate Cake

ingredients in blitzer


Preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas mark 4. Line a 2lb loaf tin with baking paper.

Put the black beans, 3 of the eggs, and the vanilla bean paste in a food processor and blitz until smooth.

In a large mixing bowl, beat together the extra light mayonnaise, sugar and xylitol using a hand-held electric whisk.  Add the remaining eggs.  Combine the black bean mixture to the mixing bowl and stir until well combined. Finally, gently fold in the cocoa powder, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda until everything is incorporated.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

Drizzle the Sweet Freedom Choc Shot over the cake and serve.  I like mine best when it’s warm but it’s equally as delicious cold.

finished cake



The entire cake works out to be 22 points, which divided into 15 is 1sp per serving.  If you prefer a more sizeable slice, divide it into 10 for 2sp per serving.

Xylitol is a natural sugar replacement.  This is the Sweet Freedom Choc Shot.  The tin of black beans is 400g undrained weight.  Please note, it’s extremely toxic to dogs.  I’d love to hear how you get on baking this cake.

You can check out my other Weight Watchers related posts here.  Thanks for reading,

Lu Lovely



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  • Thanks for the info – I made it the other day and it was fab – great tweaking! Shared it with friends who also loved it, ?

  • Made this today it tastes gorgeous! However didn’t usr vanilla bean paste as it was in recipe but not ingredients lol. I made it without and still tastes gorgeous so no biggy lol. Great cake though thank you for sharing! Xx

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