Healthy & Decadent Chickpea Blondies
I’ve recently been seeing a ton of healthy recipes for brownies and so I decided to make a recipe for chickpea blondies! They’re incredibly gooey and decadent, filled with protein and are bound to fulfil your cravings for something sweet. If you’re a fan of chocolate and peanut butter, I can guarantee that you’ll love this recipe.
Chickpea Blondies Recipe
Makes 8 blondies
1 can (15 oz) chickpeas
½ cup (125 g) peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
⅓ cup (113 g) maple syrup or honey
¼ cup (52 g) granulated sugar (optional)
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
¾ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup (45g) chocolate chips + extra for topping
Flaky sea salt for sprinkling (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 350 F or 180 C
2. In a food processor or high powered blender, add in all the ingredients except for the chocolate chips Blend for a few minutes or until it resembles a smooth batter. It should look like thick pancake batter. Make sure that there aren’t any lumps in the batter.
3. Add in the chocolate chips and mix.
4. Brush a layer of oil or butter on a baking dish and then line with parchment paper so that the blondies can be removed from the pan easily. You don’t have to do this if you’re planning on serving the blondies in the dish.
5. Pour all of the batter and level with the back of a spoon or a spatula. Top with some extra chocolate chips and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when it’s inserted in the center of the blondies.
6.Remove from the oven and cool for about half an hour and sprinkle some flaky sea salt on top.
7. Cut into slices. This makes about 8-12 blondies, depending on the size of each slice.
While baking with peanut butter, it is recommended to use an organic version because they tend to be oilier and thinner, making it easier to work with. If you choose to use processed peanut butter, microwave it for about 30 seconds to loosen it up so that it can be incorporated in the batter easier. If you don’t like peanut butter, you can switch it up with any other type of nut butter (cashew butter, almond butter, etc.)
Choosing the sweetener
When choosing which sweetener to use, honey, natural maple syrup or agave are the recommended options. Make sure to taste the blondie batter before baking it to make sure that the sweetness is to your liking. If you’re not worried about using sugar, add in 1/4 cup of sugar to make it sweeter.