Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Tasty Tuesday: Chickpea Blondies

Last week I shared a delicious recipe for Thai Style Quinoa Salad I found on the Ambitious Kitchen blog. Today I'm sharing another jewel I came across, this time for a tasty dessert.

If I didn't tell you, you would never guess that chickpeas are at the heart of this recipe. Don't go saying "Ewwww" now!


  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup all natural almond butter or peanut butter (I used peanut butter)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave nectar (you can also use honey if you’re not vegan) (I used maple syrup)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup vegan (or regular) chocolate chips plus 2 tablespoons (dark chocolate was recommended but I used semi-sweet)
  • sea salt, for sprinkling (I omitted this)
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F and spray an 8×8 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a food processor, add all ingredients except chocolate chips and process until batter is smooth. Fold in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips. Batter will be thick and you could even eat it, as is at this point.
  3. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan then sprinkle 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips on top (we used a bit more because...well, Alexa is 12 and she sometimes goes overboard). The batter may stick to your spatula (it did not stick to mine), so spray your spatula with nonstick cooking spray first. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and the edges are a tiny bit brown. The batter may look underdone, but you don’t want them to dry out!
  4. (Alexa decided the chocolate chips she sprinkled on top needed to be spread at this point to create more of a frosting. I have to admit she was on to something.) Cool for 20 minutes on wire rack. Sprinkle with sea salt then cut into squares. Makes 16 blondies.
Enjoy and please let me know if you try this recipe.

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  1. mmmm this looks delicious!!! Would love to try!

  2. Yumm! Chick peas are my favorite bean. Mmmm. I've seen recipes for brownies with black beans but never chickpeas. I bet they're delicious!

  3. I pinned this so I can make them. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Wow, these look so good and it sound like you had fun making them! TFS!! xo Evie

  5. well i like chick peas, but in a brownie ... ok .... must try ....

  6. Ha! I actually love chickpeas, so I am thinking "yum"!
    Definitely need to try this!!

  7. Oh yum! Perfect for my gluten-free self! Pinned! Thanks!

  8. Oh wow, sounds healthy and delish! Have to try this!

  9. Hmmm-going to give these a try. Thanks for the introduction! Yum!


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