Eating chocolate can help reducing PMS-symptoms. Which is particularly good to know in December, a.k.a. chocolate month. However, don’t indulge yourself with loads of Christmas candy. Better try this yummy recipe with black beans and buckwheat flour. Fun to bake and full of nutrition you’ll need in the (pre)menstrual phase, such as fibres and magnesium. It’s also a smashing dessert for your Christmas dinner.
Chocolate cake with black beans
For 4-8 persons
240 grams cooked black beans, drained
0,5 cup buckwheat flour
0,5 cup cocoa powder
0,5 cup cane sugar
5 tablespoons cold-pressed sunflower or olive oil
A pinch of Celtic sea salt
0,5 teaspoon chili flakes
2 teaspoons baking powder
juice of half a lime, lemon or a small orange
0,5-1 cup mineral water
(When possible, all ingredients should be biologic, ecologic and Fair Trade)
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Line the bottom of a small cake tin with parchment paper and lightly grease the edges.
Mix the black beans, buckwheat flour, cocoa powder, cane sugar, cold-pressed sunflower or olive oil, sea salt, chili flakes and the baking powder in a blender. Blend until all lumps have gone. Add the citrus juice and part of the mineral water. Blend until it’s all completely smooth. Add the rest of the mineral water if the batter is too dry.
Scrape the batter into the cake tin and put it in the preheated oven. Bake the cake for 20 minutes at 180 degrees. Then adjust the temperature to 150 degrees Celsius and bake the cake for another 25-35 minutes.
Use a toothpick or skewer to check if the cake is done (it is when the skewer comes out clean). Then take the cake out of the oven and transfer it to a rack to cool down further.
Tip: any left-overs? Store them in the fridge.
This lovely chocolate cake is a recipe from Dutch health coach and nutritionist Margaretha den Dekker, founder of selfhealingsuperfoods.com. In cooking for your hormones she explains why it’s wise to match your food habits with your menstrual cycle and how you can do that. Still hungry? In 5 things you should eat you’ll find more surprising and healthy anti-PMS recipes. Spoiler alert: beef burger!