What if I told you that you can make a DELICIOUS chocolaty, soft and chewy dessert made almost entirely of chickpeas and peanut butter?! Ohh, and they’re flourless and gluten-free. You might tell me I’m nuts! But these vegan chickpea blondie bars are out of this world delicious, and you would never know they’re made out of a bean!
Vegan desserts have always amazed me. It truly is astounding how you can use mostly whole foods to make delectable and deceivingly scrumptious desserts. These blondies tastes like a chocolate peanut butter brownie, but less sweet.
The best part is, you can eat the chickpea cookie dough because there are no eggs in it!
Health Benefits Of CHickpeas:
- High in protein – 1 cup (164 grams) of chickpeas has about 14.5 grams of protein
- Chickpeas are a very good source of manganese and folate (vitamin B9)
- The protein and fiber in chickpeas may help keep you full for longer
- Try not to over cook them. You want them to be a little gooey. Overcooking them brings out more of a ‘burnt chickpea’ taste…which is definitely not something you want to taste any time soon, trust me.
- Since they will be soft when they come out of the oven, please try to refrain from cutting them immediately. (This will be very difficult, but you must resist.). They firm up after sitting out for a while.
- If you want to make this 100% vegan, just swap out the honey for agave nectar or maple syrup.
- Pop these bad boys in the fridge for a cold blondie bars! It’s PERFECT for those hot summer nights (or mornings…. or afternoons).
- If you use a glass baking dish, check them around 25 minutes, as they will cook quicker and the edges turn brown faster.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, unfortunately they are not. The honey alone has about 92 grams of sugar in it. But sugar from naturally occurring sources like honey is better for you and does not raise blood sugar levels as quickly as refined sugar.
. Chickpeas are rich in many nutrients that our bodies need and chickpeas and peanut butter are a good source of plant based protein.
NO! They may seem a bit soft after baking for 25 minutes, but if you over cook them they will burn. I don’t know about you, but I do NOT like the flavor of burnt chickpeas! If you want to firm them up a bit, pop them in the refrigerator. They taste amazing cold as well as hot!
How To Freeze Blondie Bars:
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Vegan Chickpea Blondies
- Food processor or blender
- 2 15.5oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup nut butter (I used smooth peanut butter)
- 1/2 cup honey/agave/maple syrup (use agave or maple syrup for vegan)
- 2/3 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 by 9 baking dish with non stick cooking spray or coconut oil.
- In a food processor or blender, combine chickpeas, peanut butter, honey or agave, vanilla extract, coconut oil, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Process until a paste forms, about 60 seconds.
- Now fold in the chocolate chips. Spread the mixture evenly in the baking dish. Sprinkle a handful of chocolate chips over the top.
- Bake in the oven for about 35 minutes, until the edges are brown and a tooth pick can go in and out of of the blondies without any batter sticking to it. The blondies will be soft; this is okay! Let them sit for 20 minutes before cutting into bars/squares and serving. Enjoy!
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