Vegan and Grain-Free Black Bean Lava Cakes from The Healthy Maven

Today please welcome Davida from The Healthy Maven.


I’m so tickled to welcome Davida to the blog today! I first got to know Davida, who writes at The Healthy Maven, when she began to participate in Wellness Weekend (the healthy food event that ran on my blog for several years). Shortly thereafter, we discovered that we both live in the Toronto area and both love healthy food.

Although Davida isn’t vegan, I knew immediately that I loved her innovative, good-for-you, beautiful recipes that she shared weekly on the event. And every week, I thought, “I’d love to make that!”  For instance, how about Cauliflower TabboulehLemon Raspberry Chia Pudding, Raw Apple Pie Bites, or Rosemary Cashew Bar Nuts? (See–told ya!).

And today’s recipe elicited a “can’t wait to make this,” too! A healthy chocolate lava cake? Let’s get to it!!

Black Bean Lava Cakes from The Healthy Maven |

I could not be more excited to be guest posting for Ricki as she completes yet another fabulous cookbook. I have actually been reading Ricki’s blog longer than I have been writing my own. Before I started The Healthy Maven (a little over a year ago) Ricki’s Wellness Weekend posts were an amazing source for foodie inspiration for me. Having her ask me to contribute to her amazing corner of the internet, truly is an honour.

Besides being proud Canadians, Ricki and I share something in common, an appreciation for real food. While I am not vegan and consume dates like it’s my job, I always know I can come to Ricki’s blog for recipes that are guaranteed to use fresh ingredients that you can feel good about. That is the theme of The Healthy Maven-real food and easy recipes without feeling restricted.

Black Bean Lava Cakes from The Healthy Maven |

Trying to navigate being healthy while also being 24 isn’t always the easiest. I want to make smart decisions so that I can live a long and happy life, but not at the sacrifice of the present. I have a major sweet tooth and I know that a glass of wine makes me a better person. So I’ve decided to play by my own set of rules. I try to eat a salad a day, I love being active and mixing chocolate with black beans is perfectly acceptable. That’s why I love this recipe, I get my cake and I can eat it too. Plus it’s always fun to make this at dinner parties and have my guests guess the secret ingredient!

Black Bean Lava Cakes from The Healthy Maven |

Davida is a Healthy Living Blogger behind the blog The Healthy Maven. She has a passion for nutritious food, fitness and food photography. She loves sneaking veggies into baked goods, enjoys farmer’s markets more than the average person, and has an affinity for terrible reality TV. She also doesn’t take herself too seriously 😉

You can connect with her on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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  1. I’ve never made a lava cake but when I see that chocolatey ooze I am so tempted to just rush into the kitchen – and I didn’t know the healthy maven is only a year old – seems she has been around for ages – love Davida’s recipes

  2. Thanks for having me Ricki! Such an honour. Hope things are well at the retreat! xx

  3. Do you think these could be made in a muffin pan instead?

  4. Its worth noting that if you keep thm in the fridge they wont be “lava” cakes but brownies with a hard puck of chocolate in the middle. Best to serve them immediately!

  5. Wow! This is a clever recipe, it looks delicious!

  6. I love good black bean brownies and lava cake so this recipe is just perfect! Gorgeous photos! Happy to “meet” Davida. :-)Thanks to you both!


  7. These look amazing, and pretty healthy too! I need to go find some black beans and start experimenting 🙂

  8. This looks just divine. I love desserts like this because they’re just devious! It’s pure genius using something like black beans.

  9. Will using regular eggs instead of flax eggs work for this recipe?

  10. Would gluten-free oat flour work as well?

    • Hi Emi,
      I’m not sure what you’d want to replace with the oat flour? There is no flour in this recipe. . . ?

      • Sorry, I meant as a substitute for almond meal. I can get it if I absolutely must, but oat flour is something I have readily accesible at all times. Thanks •3•

        • Ah! Sorry, I think I missed that myself! My *guess* is that it would work. Since I’m not the recipe creator (Davida is), I can’t say for sure, but it seems like it would work with only 1/4 cup. Sorry I haven’t tried it out yet to let you know for sure, though, so I can’t promise results. If you try it, come back and let us know how it worked out!


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