May 12, 2020

Chocolate chip chickpea blondies

Stacked photos of chocolate chip chickpea blondies.

These delicious and fudgy blondies are made by whizzing up a few ingredients in the food processor and contain a surprise ingredient - chickpeas! Chickpeas add protein and texture to this dessert or snack that is loaded with chocolate chips in every bite.

Beans in dessert may seem odd to some people, but this is not the first time I've used them this way. My mom's favorite birthday dessert is this flourless black bean chocolate cake and people never guess that there are beans in it. I'm willing to bet that people will not guess that there are chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) in these blondies either.

Chick peas provide a nice base and texture to desserts making them almost fudgy. They also add a boost of protein and nutrition, if that's something that appeals to you. I'm not really out to make desserts extra "healthy" per se, but I do love experimenting in the kitchen and it never hurts to make a sweet treat for ourselves and our kids that contains beans!

My kids helped to make these, so they were fully aware that they were made with beans. I wasn't sneaking them in to hide them. I really do enjoy the flavor and texture of these blondies, and the whole family likes them a lot.

I made these with peanut butter, but you can use any nut butters or even sun butter. I used maple syrup, but honey would work well, too. There are no eggs in this dessert and only a little flour. I used white whole wheat flour, but all-purpose or others should all work fine. It's a very adaptable recipe. These come out very lightly sweetened, but feel free to add a bit more sweetener, if desired.

Cut up squares of chocolate chip chickpea blondies on a plate.

Yield: 9 servings

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies

These delicious and fudgy blondies are made by whizzing up a few ingredients in the food processor and contain a surprise ingredient - chickpeas! Chickpeas add protein and texture to this dessert or snack that is loaded with chocolate chips in every bite.

Ingredients:

  • cooking spray or butter, for greasing
  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter (unsweetened)
  • 1/3 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, plus more for topping

Instructions:

  1. Lightly grease or spray an 8" x 8" baking pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a food processor, process the chickpeas, peanut butter, and maple syrup until smooth.
  3. Add in the flour through salt and process until smooth and combined.
  4. Remove the blade from the food processor and stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly into the pan. Top with a few extra chocolate chips, if desired, by gently pressing them into the top of the batter.
  6. Bake for 22-24 minutes, until slightly golden around the edges and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Let cool and slice into squares to serve. Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
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I hope you give these a try! Let me know in the comments below.

Close-up photo of chocolate chip chickpea blondie.

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6 comments:

  1. I love to bake desserts with beans too. These blondies look so moist and tempting, Amy.

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  2. Oh my goodness, what kind of choco-amazingness is that? ๐Ÿ˜

    Wonderful. ๐Ÿ’›๐ŸคŽ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿค๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ–ค

    I am seriously droolin' over here... ๐Ÿ’ฆ

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  3. We've had a few desserts made with beans, and they've all been good. This looks beyond good -- really nice recipe. Thanks!

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  4. I have seen so many dessert recipes using beans and chickpeas...still yet have to try...yours look amazing Amy...thanks for sharing it.
    Have a great rest of the week!

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  5. YUM! Peanut butter and chocolate with only a fraction of the guilt of full fat/sugar cookie bars! These sound delicious, Amy!!

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  6. Dear Amy, these blondies do sound utterly delicious! The combination of peanut butter, chocolate and chickpeas seems to make for a true treat that I would love to try making for the kids!
    Thanks for yet another fabulous inspiration!

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