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Vegan experiments- today cakes.

The recipe that I would like to share today might cause mixed reactions : for vegan readers it might just be quite a normal cake recipe with lots of protein and fibre in it. For the rest this might sound like weird-greenie-geek-food because instead of  white flour, eggs or butter this cake contains beans. Yes, you read right, white beans you probably associate with a not-so-popular-over-here english breakfast.

I have to admit that I read about a bean-cake recipe weeks ago on the lovely vegan blog Choclate Covered Katie. A lot of comments assured that you don’t taste the beans in it. But still. Beans in a cake? This sounded like an experiment I had to try when no guests are expected ;)

I modified the ingrediants that they fit to the inventory of my cupboard and was amazed about the taste of the raw batter. Since there are no eggs in it I was brave and tested it. Ok, you got me, I always taste the raw batter, this is the  reason I bake in the first place!

The baked cake looks like a giant cookie and is very moisty inside. I after testing it, I was amazed that the cake really did taste like a sinfull, rich dessert. Of course there is sugar in it, but the rest of the ingrediants count as healthy food!

(magic) bean-cake

For a small spring form(18cm/7inch)

250g  canned white beans

 100g brown sugar 

7g vanille sugar

 1 very ripe banana

 50g oats

 1 teaspoon baking powder

 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 

2 tablespoons canola oil 

25g nugat (to veganize it, use dark choclate chips or if you like coconut grapes)

1.  Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Rinse the beans under Running water. Chop the nugat. Use 1 teaspoon oil to grease the form.

2. Blend all of the ingrediants but the nugat and in a food prossesor. Stir the nugat in and fill the batter in the greased form. Put it into the oven for about 40min, until it has a nice colour.

I used my nutella light from the last post as a frosting! But you can drop that or use any frosting you like!

Nutrition facts:

(without frosting)

1183 kcal

32,5g fat

26g protein

195 carbs


Astonishing banana ice cream

What’s astonishing about banana ice cream? It sounds like the most common flavour, you know it since you where probably 5years old, right? Well, I stumbled across an irritating ice cream recipe on this workout site. It is irritating because it is missing all of the ingredients you might expect in a conventional ice cream like sugar, heavy cream or egg yolks. More precisely its only ingredient are frozen bananas! I couldn’t believe it, real ice cream which is actual healthy? I googled a bit and found an article about this miracle on the kitchn and was finally convinced to give this a go.

The Health Ninja tried the ice cream with a teaspoon peanut butter in it. This sounded perfect to me. My expectations where high as I followed the recipe:

1. Chop 1 overripe banana.

2. Freeze it for several hours.

3. Process it with a (powerful) food processor until it gets creamy.

Afterwards I stirred 1 teaspoon peanut butter in and it looked really good:

But when I tasted it, I was pretty disappointed with the result. Ok, the consistence was really creamy, like rich ice cream, but it didn’t really kick my taste buds.

However I thought that this is something I can work with, because with the great consistence as a basis I can always add flavour. Today I started with project banana ice cream 2.0. With just a little add-on of sweetness, the result was as flavourful and convincing as it’s relative, the calorie bomb from my favourite gelateria:

Banana-walnut ice cream

1 overripe banana

1,5 teaspoons honey (if you are vegan, try some brown sugar or sirup!)

10g minced walnuts

I chopped and froze the banana as described above. Before I processed it with the food processor, I added 1 teaspoon honey to the banana and put it in the microwave (650W) for 5 seconds. This made the processing a lot easier!

I mixed the minced walnut into the ice and sprinkled some honey over it before I served it.

I guess that everyone has a different taste for sweetness. Maybe the sweetness of the banana is enough for you. But if not, you can easily put some brown sugar, honey, sirup etc into this simple recipe!