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Flourless Chocolate Chickpea Cake

The Alberta Pulse Growers (APG) is a sponsor of Toque Demagny, one of Edmonton’s premiere culinary events featuring the talents of NAIT’s Culinary Arts students and Alberta food products. The event takes place each November in Ernest’s Dining Room at NAIT.

The student teams use pulses in their creations and scholarships are awarded to the student chefs. One of the delicious pulse recipes created by a student team in 2014 was the Flourless Chocolate Chickpea Cake. It was created by NAIT Culinary Arts student Kari Marchand.

“On competition day we made half of this recipe as we decided to put smaller portions on the dessert,” Marchand recalled. “I added chickpeas to a favourite cake that I had the opportunity to make in one of my classes. We thought it turned out really nice.” The Toque Demagny guests agreed, and we hope that you do too.


  • 600g finely chopped dark chocolate
  • 450g softened butter
  • 400g sugar
  • 25g Dutch cocoa
  • 10 large egg yolks
  • 5 large eggs
  • 5 large egg whites
  • 200g sugar
  • 200g dried chickpeas, soaked overnight


  1. Take soaked chickpeas and roast them in oven to dry out.
  2. Once dried, crush them in mortar and pestle and then sift to separate the skins. Use the remaining chickpea flour (around 80g) for cake.
  3. Melt chocolate.
  4. Whip butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in cocoa powder. Stir in chickpea flour.
  5. Whip egg yolks over double boiler to ribbon stage.
  6. Fold melted chocolate into the egg mixture. Then add the butter and sugar mixture to the melted chocolate and egg mixture.
  7. Whip egg whites with 200g of sugar to soften meringue. Fold in the meringue to chocolate mixture.
  8. Bake on sheet pan at 375˚ C. Check after 15 minutes.

Reviews [1]

Daphne Mears Edmonton

I remember when I was studying History the professor advised us that” pulse. Ade Europe bounce with health” not only were they tasty and nutritious they could be stored and used over the long winter months. Even though food is much easier stored this statement still holds true. We should value them more . Try the flour.ess chickpea chocolate cake as a good starting point