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Dark Chocolate Chip Fudge Brownie Cake

By Amber 8
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Would you believe it if I told you this hunk of decadent chocolaty goodness not only tastes divinely fantabulous, but it is also incredibly healthy, less than 200 calories a slice, is 100% vegan, and also 100% gluten free?


Yes, to the ma’am.

Last weekend, I met up with Twin for a friend’s b-day supper, and I was told I was in charge of dessert.

So, since I have been having some naughty feelings about my weight lately, I hopped on over to my savior in all things sweets, Chocolate Covered Katie, and chose a recipe of hers that I have always wanted to try…her Deep Dish Cookie Pie.

I mean…just the picture of it makes my mouth water.

Anywho, as I was reading through her post I got to thinking that maybe her recipe wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. Don’t get me wrong, everything she makes is awesome, but it just wasn’t…gasp…chocolaty enough.

I wanted something fudgey.

I wanted something thick and brownie like.

I wanted something that was sinfully sweet and oozing chocolate from every single nook and cranny imaginable.

I wanted a slice of fudgey, chocolate chip brownie cake in my belly…so I set out to make one myself.

Using Katie’s recipe as my template, I listened to my culinary instincts and developed a cake that tastes so good, I literally had to pull a Miranda (please tell me you watched SATC) and smother my mixing utensils in liquid dish soap so I could no longer suck the batter off of my greedy little chocoholic fingers…twice…


I have also gotten several requests lately for gluten free recipes, and I am still learning the basics of those requirements, so I hope this recipe meets those requests.

I can not tell you how nervous I was when I brought this cake to the get together.

It has beans, mixed greens, and oats in it for crying out loud, so this really did have the potential to be a complete disaster. I knew my biggest critic was going to be Twin’s husband.  He is incredibly picky, likes what he likes, and he doesn’t necessarily worry about the health aspect of things.

He also doesn’t like to be tricked.

Which is exactly what I did…tee hee 🙂

I told everyone that it was a test recipe, so to please let me know exactly how they liked it.

After I served out the pieces…I waited for someone to make a hideous Ronald Weasley slug spell face…but instead their eyes lit up and they all made remarks like, “Yum this is good” or “Oh…my…gah…” or “What’s in it?”

Oh, snap.

“Uuuuuum…well…let’s see…black beans…” I said.

The moment J heard the words he immediately set his fork down and looked as if he was about to hurl…but instead, he swallowed what he had in his mouth, looked at me and said, “Awww man, this stuff is healthy?!?” and then he picked his fork back up and ate every last bite.

Disaster averted.


This cake is so good it was completely gone by the end of the night, and I had to make a whole new one so I could avoid taking crappy pictures for today’s post.

Oh, well…looks like I’m going to have to eat another slice…darn 😉

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Dark Chocolate Chip Fudge Brownie Cake

A super healthy, vegan and gluten free dark chocolate chip brownie cake loses the calories, but not the flavor of a thick a standard chocolate cake
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Servings: 12
Calories: 193kcal
Author: Slim Pickin's Kitchen adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie


  • 3 cups black beans prepared (I used dry, but use canned for the GF version)
  • 1 cup certified gluten free oats quick cooking or old fashioned
  • 1 cup mixed greens of choice
  • ¼ cup organic unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp butter extract make sure your version is GF! If not, just double the vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup + 1 tbsp light brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup Stevia in the Raw
  • 4 tbsp Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp prepared black coffee
  • ½ cup Ghirardelli chocolate chips
  • 3-4 cups HOT water


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Line the outside of a 9 ½” spring form pan with tin foil, making sure the foil comes ¾ of the way up the sides and oil (or spray) the inside of the pan.
  • Blend all ingredients, expect chocolate chips and water, in a food processor until completely smooth, making sure to scrap down the sides and blend a couple of times to ensure everything is broken down.
  • Pour batter into the prepared pan and gently tap the bottom of the pan on your counter or cutting board several times, releasing any air bubbles that may have formed in the cake.
  • Place the pan inside a large casserole or baking dish and pour the hot water into the casserole dish, making sure it comes halfway up the side of the lined pan with the batter. (This is called a water bath. It helps the cake cook evenly and prevents the cake from cracking like a cheesecake).
  • Bake the cake for 30 mins, sprinkle chocolate chips on the top, and then bake for another 15 mins.
  • Let cool completely.
  • Enjoy!
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Serving: 1g | Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Fiber: 4g
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  • cck
    July 26, 2012

    Wow, girl, I love how you snuck mixed greens in there!

    • amber
      July 26, 2012

      Thank you! Normally, I don’t try to get other bloggers to come to my blog, but I thought that you would really appreciate this chocolately adaptation of your recipe! Thanks for stopping by! I truly appreciate it 🙂

  • Oh wow, this looks so delicious! And it is even MORE appealing knowing that you got non-healthy eaters to like it too!

    • amber
      July 26, 2012

      Thanks so much, Brittany! Let me know if you try it!

  • Vala
    November 19, 2012

    This cake looks amazing!
    I want to try it but I’m wondering – what kind of greens did you use?
    And did you cook the veggies before…?

    • amber
      November 19, 2012

      Hi, Vala! For this recipe I just used plain old RAW salad mixed greens that you get out of a plastic container or bag. This cake is absolutely ridiculously good! Let me know if you try it!

  • Vala
    November 19, 2012

    Sounds good, I’ve never put greens in a cake so I’m excited to try 🙂

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