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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
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Ingredients

  • 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.

Instructions

  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
    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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    maddie
    June 14, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    could you provide the nutrition info please?

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    Paula
    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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    James
    April 4, 2019 at 10:31 pm

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

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    Kathy
    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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