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Coconut Chocolate Cake made with Chickpea Flour (GF)

Gluten-free coconut chocolate cake made with chickpea flour.

Free from egg, dairy, wheat, gluten and refined sugar, this is a rich and flavoursome coconut chocolate cake made with chickpea flour. It’s pretty healthy as far as cakes go. Think chocolatey but not too sweet with a dense but satisfying texture.

The theme of this month’s Clandestine Cake Club was free as a bird. I have to say, I was somewhat stumped by this and the best I could come up with was a free to make whatever I liked cake. The theme for this month’s We Should Cocoa is gluten free, so that got me wondering. I’d also been sent some coconut oil and coconut nectar to use from Cocofina. You can find the review in my tropical smoothie post. Suddenly it all clicked into place and I would do a free from cake – free from gluten, free from dairy, free from eggs and free from sugar (sugar in the everyday sense anyway).

We Should Cocoa

Last month’s We Should Cocoa was my inspiration. It included chocolate chickpea cupcakes from Janet over at The Taste Space, which I found rather intriguing. It just so happened that I had a bag of chickpea flour in the cupboard that was waiting for just the right opportunity. This was it, my gluten free cake would be made from chickpea flour. I was also rather pleased with my £1 chocolate cake, so thought I’d go to the other extreme and make a very expensive cake, but one inspired by that one.

Clandestine Cake Club

When I found out that our Cornwall Clandestine Cake Club meeting was at The Baking Bird in Truro, I realised why the bird theme had been chosen. You can see from the picture that other interpretations of the theme were a little more sophisticated than mine. The cafe come bakery was spacious and attractive with a fabulous view of the next door cathedral spires from the upstairs windows. As well as eating far too much cake, we had a quick masterclass in rose piping on cupcakes. I was somewhat miffed that CT did a near perfect one at his first ever attempt at piping, whereas mine was much less successful. Still, at least I got to eat my mistake. To complete the bird theme we tweeted furiously for Cornwall Hour – when cake munching allowed. Thanks go as always to our excellent CCC organiser Ellie Michell for another splendid event.

Beautifully decorated Hummingbird Cake
A blue and yellow kite seen in the background
Is that a flock of Tweets? Blueberry cake from Hungry Hinny
Enthusiastically getting stuck in to icing roses on cupcakes
NOT the one that I attempted
Truro Cathedral peeking out above the neighbouring roof tops

Gluten-Free Coconut Chocolate Cake

I was a little concerned that the chickpea flour would make the cake overly bitter; it certainly seemed quite bitter when I tasted it raw. Luckily the cooking process transformed it. In CT’s words it was a satisfying cake: rich, filling and not too sweet. The chickpea flour gave it a very distinctive taste, but not an unpleasant one. The coconut flavour came through and gave the cake a certain unctuousness which prevented it from sliding into 70s whole food worthiness.

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Glazed gluten-free coconut chocolate cake made with chickpea flour.

Chickpea Coconut Chocolate Cake – The Recipe

Gluten-free coconut chocolate cake made with chickpea flour.
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Chocolate Coconut Chickpea Cake

Free from egg, dairy, wheat, gluten and refined sugar, this is a rich and flavoursome cake made with chickpea flour - chocolatey and not too sweet.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: cake, chickpea flour, chocolate cake, dairy free, gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan
Servings: 10 slices
Author: Choclette


  • 70 g coconut oil – softened
  • 130 g coconut sugar
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 tbsp flax (linseed) – ground
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 200 g chickpea flour
  • 50 g cocoa powder
  • 1 rounded tsp baking powder (gf)
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • a pinch sea salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut nectar
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar

Chocolate Glaze

  • 25 g 100% dark chocolate
  • 20 g coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp coconut nectar
  • a small handful coconut flakes


  • Soak the linseeds in the water for about 5 minutes until the water has been absorbed and it has gone a little jelly like.
  • Meanwhile, cream the coconut oil and sugar until well combined, then mash in the banana.
  • Stir well, then beat in the soaked linseeds.
  • Sieve in the dry ingredients, then add the nectar and vinegar. Stir until just combined.
  • Spoon into a 23 cm round silicone cake mould or tin and bake at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4) for about 35 minutes when the cake should be risen and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Turn onto a rack to cool.

Chocolate Glaze

  • Melt the remaining coconut oil with the chocolate and nectar in a pan over very low heat.
  • Stir until just combined.
  • Remove from the heat, allow to cool slightly, then pour over the cooled cake.
  • Scatter some coconut flakes over the top.


Makes one 23cm round cake.


Most of us now know someone who is gluten intolerant so widening our baking repertoire in that area can only be a good thing. Thanks to Michelle of Utterly Scrummy Food for Families for coming up with the gluten free theme and hosting We Should Cocoa this month. You still have over a week to go if you’d like to join in.

I’m entering this coconut chocolate cake into AlphaBakes where the letter is D this month. With my use of 100% chocolate I am going for D for Dark chocolate. Hosted alternately by Caroline Makes and the More Than Occasional Baker.

I’m also sharing this gluten-free coconut chocolate cake with Helen of Casa Costello for her Bake of the Week.

A slice also goes to Lucy of SuperGolden Bakes for her new blogging event, Cook Blog Share.


  1. Vicki Montague

    17th June 2014 at 10:13 am

    This looks and sounds great! Well done. Being a free-from cake I will happily spread the word!

    • Choclette

      18th June 2014 at 2:10 pm

      Thanks Vicki – not sure why the share this button isn’t working 🙁

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    17th June 2014 at 10:41 am


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  3. London Unattached

    17th June 2014 at 12:40 pm

    That’s d for very dark chocolate then? or would that be v! lol looks delish either way!

  4. Johanna GGG

    17th June 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I love chickpea flour and have had great success with it in brownies. I am more wary when it comes to coconut oil but I have found it amazing in a frosting. Sounds like a fun get together

  5. Rebecca Subbiah

    17th June 2014 at 2:07 pm

    cool use of chick pea flour

  6. Joanne Mallon

    17th June 2014 at 6:53 pm

    oh wow that looks great. Would have never thought of using chick pea flour but it’s such a good idea, well done.

  7. Julie B

    17th June 2014 at 7:00 pm

    I’m on a diet and your pictures have made me want to cave in! lol

  8. Lynette Hammond

    17th June 2014 at 6:03 pm

    I am going to send this link over to my other half and daughter, it’s my birthday in a few days and now I want this cake! Never even thought of using chick pea flour, how interesting.

  9. Linzi_Barrow

    17th June 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Looks delicious, I’ll be pinning that one

  10. Kate@whatkatebaked

    17th June 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Goodness, there’s a slightly puzzling theme! I always enjoying hearing and reading the different interpretations of a CCC theme and I’m sure this recipe will have many hits with so many people wanting to find great free from… recipes.

  11. Janice Pattie

    17th June 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Lovely cake, coconut is everywhere just now. Love those iced rose cupcakes, beautifully done.

  12. Baking Addict

    17th June 2014 at 9:34 pm

    What a gorgeous cake! I’ve never baked with chickpea flour so I am intrigued about the flavour. I’ve also never used 100% chocolate – is it really bitter? This is a great cake for the CCC theme. Thanks for entering AlphaBakes.

  13. Katie

    18th June 2014 at 6:02 am

    This looks fantastic. I’ve tried baking with chickpea flour too and it can give quite a dense earthy flavour, although nice. I bet the cocoa flavoured was great, looks so rich.
    You need to be careful with the vinegar though. A lot of coeliacs avoid malt vinegar as its malt made from barley, which it glutinious

    • Choclette

      18th June 2014 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks Katie. That’s a very good point abut malt vinegar and not one I’d thought of. I’ll change the recipe to cider vinegar.

  14. Karen S Booth

    18th June 2014 at 9:15 am

    I LOVE chickpea flour in bread and like you I think I might have been a little perturbed at it being in a cake, but I can see that is turned out perfectly and I may try that myself now! Karen

  15. Madeleine Morrow

    18th June 2014 at 9:15 am

    I never ceased to be amazed at your creativity! Who would have thought of a chocolate cake with chickpea flour! I can just about bake an ordinary chocolate cake so this takes me into new territory!

  16. Deena Kakaya

    18th June 2014 at 9:32 pm

    I love this idea! I use a lot of chickpea flour; in soups, in curries, in stuffing vegetables, in pasta and even as a facemask. But I have never made a cake using it. I am really going to have to try this one out x

  17. Kate Glutenfreealchemist

    18th June 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Great cake! I love the use of the various coconut products. Coconut is so versatile and always adds a bit of extra decadence when not using dairy…….. Yum!

  18. Angie Schneider

    19th June 2014 at 7:29 am

    What a great use of chickpea flour! The cake looks really super.

  19. belleau kitchen

    21st June 2014 at 8:52 am

    what a stunning cake… had never ever heard of chickpea in a cake before but makes total sense… you are so clever!

  20. Lucy Parissi

    21st June 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I must say when I read the description I was a bit baffled but having now read the recipe this sounds fantastic. I love using coconut oil in baking it gives such a lovely fragrance. Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare.

  21. The Caked Crusader

    22nd June 2014 at 8:02 am

    I would never have thought to use chickpea flour in a cake! But then, I did make a tahini cake so I don’t know why I’m surprised it was so good!

  22. Caroline Muspratt

    22nd June 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Well done for making such a ‘virtuous’ cake free from so many ingredients but still managing to include chocolate as well! Thanks for entering Alphabakes.

  23. Helen at Casa Costello

    25th June 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Brilliant! What a genius idea to use chickpea flour – I must bear that in mind for when I get requests for GF bakes. Thanks so much for joining in with #Bakeoftheweek again x

  24. Michelle Utterlyscrummy Rice

    29th June 2014 at 8:29 am

    Oh my goodness, this cake looks delicious and even better it is allergy friendly and gluten free. Definitely on my ‘to bake’ list. Thanks so much for asking me to host We Should Cocoa this month and also for linking up this delicious cake. 🙂

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