Recipe by USA WEEKEND columnist Jean Carper
"Easy cake has no flour, but lots of legumes."
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1 (19 ounce) can
chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed
1 (15 ounce) can
Splenda (or sugar)
pumpkin pie spice
whipped cream cheese
1 (11 ounce) can
mandarin oranges, drained
This is one of my favorite healthy desserts. I changed the frosting recipe using sugar free pudding mix, milk and cool whip to use less sugar.
You have to be open minded with this recipe, because the finished product has a distinct texture, that isn't cake or pie. I'm trying to eat "heart healthy" so the low sugar - high protein is great. I did alter a bit - I used 1/2 cup splenda brown sugar blend - and I found it a bit too sweet. Also, instead of pumpkin pie spice used 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger and 1/4 tsp cloves - plenty spicy, not bland at all. I did notice there was no salt and I added 1/2 tsp to balance the flavors. Oh, and maple sugar? Ended up using maple syrup instead. I don't know whether I'd make it again - unless if needed for gluten free dessert. There's just this after tast when you cook splenda that I don't care for.
I adore these already for being gluten- and dairy-free. However, they were very simple to make, used ingredients I had on hand, made for simple clean up (all thrown into the blender!), and my kids and I adored them. Did I mention they're good for your health?
I made a half recipe and divided it among 12 cupcake wrappers filled half full. It didn't turn out cake-like but rather like mini pumpkin pies you could hold in your hand. My kids put whipped cream on them and ate them for breakfast. Will definitely make again!
This tasted great! I used a cupcake pan, lined it with cupcake cup liners and used that instead of a pie pan. I also upped the spice by about 1/4 as a few reviews before said it tasted bland.
It turned out wonderful! It was very much like a bite-size pumpkin pie and I served with light whipped cream on top instead of icing.
Found it to be a little high on calories for a 'health' snack, but for a dessert under 400 isn't too bad and that's what I ate it as.
Thanks for the unique and relatively healthy recipe!
Don't be fooled by the chickpeas (you can't taste them) or the word "cake" in the description. After the first time I made it, I realized that it was more like pumpkin pie. Just leave it in the pie pan and serve with whipped cream instead, which was better than the too sweet icing in the recipe. I made it again last Thanksgiving and offered it and a bakery pie and this one was preferred. I only use sugar, so I don't know if Splenda works well or not. I made it again today for Thanksgiving and replaced 2 of the eggs with Eggbeaters. We didn't see any difference. I didn't bother buying the "real" pumpkin pie and it wasn't missed at all.
AWESOME!!!!! Delicious!! Tastes like pumpkin pie to me. I omitted the icing and served with sugar-free cool whip and graham cracker crumbs. I also baked it in a graham cracker crust.
The frosting is the thing that makes this recipe edible; the torte is bland, even with the spices. I think if I were to make it again, I would double the spice (or at least one and a half it).
My sister made this for our Mother's Day tea since our Mom has a wheat allergy... EVERYONE loved it.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 108
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