A number of the taste testers of the Red Bean and Carob Cake, most notably my partner, asked for a ”not quite so crunchy” and carob-free version of the cake. As any cake with beans and dates as major components – it is denser than your average box of Betty Crocker, but it has crowd-pleasing flavours that work well with pretty much any palate. Like the original version, it will leave you lastingly full and provide a sustained energy release.
Yield: a 9’’x13’’ pan
What you need:
- 1-1/2 cups (250 g) chopped dates, soaked in orange juice until soft, in a 2 cup measuring glass (add juice up to the 2 cup mark)
- 1-1/2 cups cooked kidney or adzuki beans (you’ll want to use pressure cooked beans as simmered ones usually retain a bit too much tooth to easily be processed to pulp. In a pinch, canned beans will do – they’ve certainly go the right texture for the job – use a 540 mL can and make sure to rinse them well)
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup sunflower oil
- 1/4 cup flax seed, ground
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tablespoon ginger powder
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon powder
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice powder
- 1/8 teaspoon clove powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
What you do :
- Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 9’’ x 13’’ glass or ceramic baking dish.
- In a food processor, whiz together the ground flax and water and let it sit for 10 minutes or so, so it begins to gel.
- Add the dates and their soaking juice, the beans, the oil, the syrup, salt, spices and process until smooth. It will take several minutes to get a really even pulp, stopping to scrape down the sides on a semi-regular basis.
- Add the baking powder and process again.
- Add the flour and mix by hand a couple of times around the work bowl before processing until combined.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer. Even out the top as best you can, it will no doubt have a few peaks.
- Sprinkle the rolled oats over the top of the cake.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool before cutting into squares.