Chickpea Blondies

Don’t freak out. Do. Not. Cringe. Give this delicious recipe a chance! Yes, these are vegan, gluten-free and flour-free but trust me, I let my family taste test a bite, and none of them could have guessed the hidden ingredient, chickpeas! These taste like a delicious treat, but are healthy enough to have as a daily snack. As I blended this all together  I was very suspicious, and then I scooped some of the dough onto my finger, and took a bite. Then another. Then twenty more. Once you try these you’ll understand why some pieces are missing in the above picture…they’re addictive! These are originally adapted from this recipe.

Yield: 16

Time: 25 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained (15 oz.)
  • 1/2 cup nut butter (I used peanut butter)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave nectar (can sub. for honey)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray an 8×8 inch pan with cooking spray (dimensions can vary slightly)
  • In a food processor (I just used a blender, scraping down the sides when needed) add all ingredients except the chocolate chips until smooth
  • Fold in the chocolate chips (the batter will be quite thick) and evenly distribute batter onto pan with a spatula
  • Bake for 20-25 mins or until toothpick comes out clean and the sides of the blondies are browning (they may look underdone but they are just very moist and will firm up after cooling)
  • Cool pan for at least 20 mins, then cut into 16 (or so) squares
  • Store them in the refrigerator if you prefer them firmer (and they taste even better when chilled this way!)

Nutrition:

These ingredients are so simple, and I’ve covered all of them before. To see the benefits of the star of this recipe, check out the nutritional benefits of chickpeas in my falafel recipe. 

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