Sneaky Beans Super Sweet & Gooey Lunchbox Cake

Drum roll, please… The secret ingredient in these delicious cupcakes is cannellini beans! Gluten-free gooeyness & a huge nutrition bump!

After perfecting a Choc Fudge Cake made on Red Kidney Beans (recipe here), I thought to myself ‘if red kidney beans work, then I wonder if other beans would too’. So I decided to take the Choc Fudge Cake recipe and replace the red kidney beans. I really didn’t want another chocolate cake for the lunch boxes, so I took out the cacao and put in some banana and apple.

After adding a bit of this and a bit of that, what I created was a banana apple cannellini bean cake/muffin. My chief taste tester is our daughter Indrani, I usually get her to name my creations. This one she named ‘Super Sweet Gooey Cake’. Super sweet and more gooey than normal because of the banana & apple. So here is how I make my lunchbox super sweet gooey cake.

This recipe makes roughly 15 individual cakes.

Super Sweet & Gooey Lunchbox Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Baking Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes


  • food processor



  • Preheat oven to 180°C. Prepare muffin tin.
  • Blend Cannellini beans, water, chia seeds, vanilla, and butter until smooth.
  • Add the banana and apple. Mix again.
  • Let it sit for about 5 minutes so chia absorbs some of the moisture
  • Add the remainder of the ingredients and blend again.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to scoop mixture into muffin tip.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean


Another 2 Ways With This Recipe
1. Add grated zucchini to the mix (squeeze out the liquid from the zucchini).
2. Add cacao or chocolate protein powder for a chocolate twist.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
Course Appetizer, Baking - Sweet, Breakfast, Dessert, Freezer Friendly, School Lunches, Snack
Keyword almond butter, apples, banana, Cannellini beans, chia seeds, eggs, rapadura sugar, vanilla bean powder
Allergy FODMAP Friendly, Gluten Free, Nightshade Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Refined Sugar Free, Salt Free, Sesame Free, Soy Free, Wheat Free
Value Halal, Kosher, Vegetarian

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About the Author: Bel Smith

Belinda Smith is a Mum, a Health & Wellness Coach, and the creator of The Mad Food Science™ Program and The 5 Minute Healthy Lunchbox System™. Belinda has spent the past 2 years travelling Australia in their Big Green Bus “Kaley”, empowering kids to make better food choices, and making it easier for parents to get their kids eating healthier. Bel has visited 90 schools Australia wide and empowered over 20,000 children and parents to make better food choices. She is a Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Ambassador, and was dubbed “The Lunchbox Vigilante” by Channel 7 Sunrise. Bel appears regularly in national and regional TV, radio and press. Her vision is for kids to choose real food every day as their normal food.

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