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Butter Cake

Every once in a while, Snack Girl can’t get enough of a certain food or idea.

I was incredibly intrigued by last week’s blender brownies. I felt like I had found the secret to making tasty low calorie baked goods – beans.

Also, I loved using my blender instead of a mixer and a bowl. I can toss my blender in the dishwasher, it is easy to pour the batter into the pan, and it mixes super fast.

Someone commented that I should try blondies in the blender and I was all over it. My neighbors have begun to wonder about the whirring sound.

The recipe below is was an attempt at blondies that had the consistency of cake – so I decided to call it cake.

I had my main taste-tester, my husband, try these and didn’t tell him about the beans. He typically wanders by when he smells something good from the oven.

He said, “Very buttery,” after tasting this cake and I cracked up. No cow was touched for this recipe.

Will this win the Julia Child award for best cake? Not gonna happen. Will you love it anyway? I say yes!

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Chocolate Chip Butter Cake Recipe

Makes 16 squares

1 15.5 ounce can white kidney beans (or cannellini), rinsed and drained
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
½ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray an 8x8 inch cake pan with non-stick spray.

Add kidney beans, eggs, baking powder, vanilla, dark brown sugar, and flour to a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour batter into cake pan and sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Bake for 25 – 30 minutes until baked through. Let cool, slice into 16 pieces, and enjoy!

80 calories, 1.1 g fat, 0.0 g saturated fat, 14.3 g carbohydrates, 6.8 g sugar, 3.0 g protein, 1.7 g fiber, 109 mg sodium, 2 Points+

Points+ values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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First 20 Comments: [ see all 21 ]

Wow, this looks amazing. Definitely going to repost (with credit, of course!)

on March 4, 2014

This looks and sounds delicious! I hope to try it this week with coconut palm sugar which I've had good luck with thus far. Thanks for testing for healthy deserts!

on March 4, 2014

Bean brownies are very tasty and healthful, but be warned not to over-eat them. You will be "tooting" nonstop for the rest of the day LOL.

on March 4, 2014

I love this idea! Can't wait to try it :-)

on March 4, 2014

Beans!!! Now that is something I would have never thought of! I'm going to try this soon!

on March 4, 2014

Can't wait to try this!! Thanks Lisa!

on March 4, 2014

NOT SURE ABOUT BEANS IN CAKE BUT SINCE IT IS SMALL I CAN AT LEAST TRY IT.

on March 4, 2014

I have celiac. How would I make this gluten-free? Looks yummy

on March 4, 2014

Made this tonight and loved it! Very easy, has a great texture, firm yet moist. I added about 2 tbsp extra of chocolate chips on top. Didn't taste the beans at all. VERY good! Thanks for sharing!

on March 4, 2014

Great recipe! I can't wait to try this. I am always looking for ways to ditch the carbs. Thanks Snack Girl, you are on a role!

on March 4, 2014

This sounds soooo yummy!! Like your husband, my husband and sons are always looking for the sweet stuff. While not as big an issue with my sons, this sounds like a good way to appease everyone's sweet tooth!

on March 5, 2014

I use xylitol, a natural no cal sugar sub made from birch trees. Nobody ever knows I didn't use sugar. And its actually good for you!.
My question is does anyone know how this would effect the points?

on March 5, 2014

Just tried it; added 1/3 c. high quality cocoa (unsweetened) and it was great! Used a 9 inch square pan and cooked for 20 minutes. Passed the son-who-loves chocolate test! Thanks, Lisa!

on March 5, 2014

This cake is yummy! On a completely different note, I just joined Wright watchers last week , in preparation for summer. Don't think I'll stay with them.
They are all about MONEY. No more cardboard slide for points , u have yo buy a calculator or subscribe to their web site at 40+ a month. I'm going back to FitnessPal, it's FREE!

on March 8, 2014

I love this cake! My kids love this cake! My nanny, whose daughter has severe allergies but can eat everything in this cake, loves this cake! Great post - thanks!

on March 13, 2014

Just tried it and was a huge hit. Half the pan was gone within 10 minutes. Use extra chocolate chips but used dark chocolate. 25 minutes and came out moist and perfect.

on March 23, 2014

I LOVE this cake! I made it last night with the "help" of my two-year old, so the fact that there are only a few ingredients and a blender is a HUGE plus. I used mini chips and great northern beans because that's what I had on hand. I brought samples for the picky eaters I work with and they were a huge hit! I've emailed this like to 5 of them already!
I was thinking of adding some orange or lemon flavor to it next time just for something fun.

on March 26, 2014

Made the cake this weekend. It was yummy!!! Moist and delis! Love to add fiber where ever I can. Thanks!

on April 15, 2014

I made this and the family loved it. So easy to make.

on April 17, 2014

I was looking for a blondies recipie with butterscotch chips but I think I will try your bean idea substitute the butterscotch.

on April 18, 2014

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