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Chickpea Blondies

January 7, 2020

Healthy Chickpea Blondies made from everybody’s favourite bean! They’re gluten-free, high in protein and sweetened with just a bit of maple syrup. No one will guess that they’re made from chickpeas! Trust us…we’ve put them to the test!

Healthy Chickpea Blondies made from everybody's favourite bean! They're gluten-free, high in protein and sweetened with maple syrup. No one will guess that they're made from chickpeas!

This recipe for Healthy Chickpea Blondies was created 100% for me, which is exactly how it was when I started the blog. I just wanted to experiment in my own kitchen and see what happened. Of course I’m thrilled that people actually read and make what I share, but I’m learning that unless I’m making myself happy first, what I’m doing will not be sustainable. I know…what a novel concept! Chickpea blondies or not!

But I’m also aware that there’s a lot of you making these recipes at home – which is awesome. So of course I always have to put them to the test and get feedback from my taste-testers (C being the primary one!). This is an old recipe but I decided to revive them over the holiday season and see if they stood the test of time, and of course they did. No one could guess the secret ingredient – chickpeas. Let’s get into it

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • canned chickpeas
  • nut butter
  • maple syrup
  • vanilla extract
  • rolled oats
  • baking soda
  • sea salt
  • egg
  • chocolate chunks

These chickpea blondies can be made in a food processor or if you don’t have one, a high-speed blender will work in a pinch.

Healthy Chickpea Blondies made from everybody's favourite bean! They're gluten-free, high in protein and sweetened with maple syrup. No one will guess that they're made from chickpeas!

Why Use Chickpeas for Baking?

In recent years, beans have become a popular substitute in baking recipes. These chickpea blondies are no exception. For blondies, chickpeas or white beans are a great swap. For brownies, opt for black beans.

Chickpeas are an amazing source of protein and fiber. They also make a great swap for flour if you’re looking for a more nutritious substitute. Don’t know it til you try it!

Can you use white beans instead of chickpeas? Absolutely! Just swap 1:1 for chickpeas.

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Healthy Chickpea Blondies

Healthy Chickpea Blondies made from everybody’s favourite bean! They’re gluten-free, high in protein and sweetened with just a bit of maple syrup. No one will guess that they’re made from chickpeas! Trust us…we’ve put them to the test!

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 blondies 1x


  • 1 19 oz can chickpeas*, strained + rinsed
  • 1/4 cup nut butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chunks
  • Coconut oil, for greasing pan.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease an 8 x 8 inch baking pan with coconut oil.
  3. In a food processor combine chickpeas, nut butter, maple syrup and vanilla.
  4. Add in oats, baking soda, sea salt and egg. Process until batter comes together smoothly. Should take 1-2 mins.
  5. Stir in chocolate chunks (or chips).
  6. Spread batter into baking pan, ensuring that top is flat.
  7. Bake for 20-25 mins or until golden brown around the edges.
  8. Let cool for 20 mins before cutting into 12 blondies and removing from pan.
  9. Will keep for up to 3 days in an airtight container.

*This comes out to 2 cups. If you can’t find a 19 oz can, measure out 2 cups from 2 14 oz cans.

Healthy Chickpea Blondies made from everybody's favourite bean! They're gluten-free, high in protein and sweetened with maple syrup. No one will guess that they're made from chickpeas!


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  • Reply
    September 16, 2016 at 7:46 am

    I feel like Frank would LOVE THESE.

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    Giselle Rochford
    September 16, 2016 at 9:14 am

    haha girllll I’m neck deep in an identity crisis at any given time so I feel ya. I’m also definitely feeling these blondies ?

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    September 16, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    These look delicious! And that is also hilarious you have a blog identity crisis the same time every year. I’ve totally noticed that too… every couple of months (when things get less busy and I have more time to think!) I start to have a crisis if I’m living in the right spot, really enjoying my job, etc. Usually it passes pretty quickly! Or I just find another adventure to undertake 😉

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    Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday
    September 16, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    I’m quite familiar with the feeling of identity/blog identity crises. 😛 Not always fun, but hey, baking is great and blondies are delicious, so I’d say there are worse things 🙂

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      September 19, 2016 at 9:45 am

      I totally agree! If my latest identity crisis resulted in these blondies, life ain’t so bad!

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    Ashley N Hovey
    September 17, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    lol you crack me up. I’m in it for the long haul so you just keep changing away and I’ll be right there with ya! <3
    These blondies look super amazing btw.

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    The Wooden Spoon
    September 19, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Oh man. This has been on my to-do list forever. You just gave me extra motivation!

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    September 19, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Will be trying these ASAP! I love your authenticity on the blog….if you were not changing the blog than it wouldn’t be a good representation of you. Anyways, the best kind of people are those that are constantly evolving!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      September 25, 2016 at 10:29 pm

      Thank you, love! That is one of the best perspectives I’ve heard on change. So appreciate it!

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    September 20, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    I’m glad you had the time and inspiration to get in the kitchen and mess around and share the result– good old blog basics are the best sometimes. And I haven’t yet made chickpea blondies so I’m putting this one into my Pinterest recipes to try!

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    Stella @ Stellicious Life
    September 28, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Love that these are made with chickpeas (aren’t they some kind of magic beans? I mean they are delicious in hummus, in Buddha bowls, as crunchy snacks. To this day I haven’t eaten anything with them I didn’t love, so I can’t wait to try your combination of nut butter and chocolate for a delicious and healthy dessert. Yes, you keep saying you are changing, but weirdly I must be changing right along with you, because I never feel left off or not connecting with your ideas 100 %. Love you just the way you are! 🙂 <3

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    Carol Floyd
    September 30, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Do you rinse the chickpeas?

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    September 30, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    My family is allergic to eggs. Do you know what egg substitute would work best here?

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    October 9, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Hi Davida!

    Can I use a high power blender instead of a food processor? I’m so hungry for these blondes!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      October 10, 2016 at 11:52 am

      yup! You should be okay! May need to blend a bit longer to get it smooth but it should still be fine 🙂

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    October 12, 2016 at 10:59 am

    I’ve made these twice this week….amazing! Any idea on the nutritional info? Or is there an app I can plug in the recipe to and get the info?

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      October 12, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Unfortunately I don’t have the info but try plugging it in to a site like myfitnesspal. Thanks!!

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    October 16, 2016 at 5:13 pm


    Thank you for posting this recipe. I just have a quick i remove the skins from the chickpeas before processing? Thanks. Ps: your choc peanut butter energy balls are a staple in my fridge! I love them!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      October 17, 2016 at 7:35 pm

      Aw so happy to hear that! No need to remove the skins. Lots of good fiber in there 🙂 Enjoy!!

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    October 20, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Okay great! Thanks..will definitely make this recipe this weekend 🙂 Do you have a cool chickpea fudge recipe please? I did a search on your site but couldn’t seem to find one..or maybe I just missed it somehow..

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    Nancy Hart
    November 6, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Could I just use chick pea flour instead of the canned ones? For me, that way I don’t have to make a trip to the store, which takes over a half hour to get to here. 🙂

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    November 15, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    I made these and I’m so disappointed! They turned out so dry and flavorless. Was in it supposed to drain the chickpeas? I think they definitely needed more sweetener (coconut sugar?). Had to throw out the whole pan. 🙁

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      November 16, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Yes you’re supposed to drain and rinse the chickpeas. The recipe is certainly sweet enough for me but I’m pretty acclimated to non-refined sugars. I’d recommend adding more next time if you’re used to more sugar.

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    March 28, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Would extra rice or oat flour work in place of nut butter ? We cant do any nuts …

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    April 13, 2017 at 12:33 am

    do you suppose i could use white choc or macadamia nuts? Not a fan if choc chips/chunks. Love chickpeas

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    Petra Fyde
    December 30, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Just made these and they turned out excellent! The only changes I made were adding an extra 1/2c of palm coconut sugar (I have a horrible sweet tooth so I need things SWEET), 1/2 c of AP Flour (because i only had 1/2c of oats in the house, and mini chocolate chips. I added everything and got a calorie count of about 154 calories per serving (15 bars), or 2305 calories for the whole pan. Much better than a Snickers!!!
    These are going to be a regular in this house! Thank you for this recipe.

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    July 24, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Hi Davida! Could I double the recipe and bake in a 9×13″ pan? Thanks

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    Carrie Ror
    July 28, 2018 at 12:21 am

    You bet! 🙂

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    October 9, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    So good! I made these last night and they are fabulous. I’m not even going to tell the hubs that there are chickpeas in them. Thanks for the fabulous recipe and I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

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    December 1, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    They came our great! I didn’t have ANY chocolate and wished I had added cinnamon instead, but they are quite good.

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    January 21, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    First time ever doing “alternative” baked goods. I am on medication for a bit for which I am reducing sugar. I liked the texture of these, they were moist enough in the middle, but I found the flavor lacking, as if it was missing something. It has been a decade since I probably had a blondie so I am not sure what I am even chasing but I get the feeling that these are real close. I did sub out xylitol for most of the maple syrup for my sugar reduction goal, but did add two tbls of the syrup for the flavor. The flavor seemed more corn bready, which wasn’t all that bad, didn’t taste like chick peas at all, but felt it could be sweeter, with some other elusive component that I can’t quite figure our yet.

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    April 4, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    Is nut butter like peanut butter? Or can I just use regular butter?

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    May 23, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Is is possible to sub Stevia on Brownie recipe without messing up the texture or moistness?

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    June 14, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    could you provide the nutrition info please?

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    Millie Rogers
    May 17, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Do you leave the water in the can of chic peas when you add to recipe, or empty the water out?

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