Flourless Black Forest Cake

Ingredients:

Cake
One 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup (about 4 large) egg whites
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup canned pure pumpkin
1/4 cup Truvia spoonable calorie-free sweetener (or another no-calorie granulated sweetener)
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. mini (or chopped) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Topping
1 tbsp. cornstarch or arrowroot powder
1 1/2 cups frozen unsweetened pitted dark sweet cherries, thawed, drained, chopped
1 tbsp. Truvia spoonable calorie-free sweetener (or another no-calorie granulated sweetener)
1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
Dash salt
Optional topping: all-natural light whipped topping (like Truwhip Skinny or So Delicious CocoWhip!)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9″ round cake pan with foil, and generously spray with nonstick spray.

Place all cake ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor. Puree until completely smooth and uniform.

Fold chocolate chips into cake batter.
 Spread batter into the baking pan, and smooth out the top.

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean, 35 – 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, to make the topping, combine cornstarch/arrowroot with 1/3 cup cold water in a medium nonstick pot. Stir to dissolve. Add cherries, sweetener, vanilla extract, and salt. Mix well.

Set heat to medium. Stirring frequently, cook until thick and gooey, 5 – 7 minutes.

Transfer to a medium bowl. Once cool, cover and refrigerate.

Remove cake from oven. Let cool completely, about 1 hour.

Evenly top cake with topping.

Refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.

MAKES 8 SERVINGS

Cool: 1 hour, Chill: 1 hour

Tip: For easy slicing, first remove the entire cake by lifting it out by the foil lining the pan.

FYI: Truvia spoonable calorie-free sweetener is about twice as sweet as sugar. If using a no-calorie granulated sweetener that measures cup-for-cup like sugar instead of Truvia, double the amount called for in this recipe.

Nutritional facts:

1/8th of cake: 115 calories
2g total fat (1g sat fat)
331mg sodium
27.5g carbs
5.5g fiber
7.5g sugars
5.5g protein
3 SmartPoints