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Chickpea Blondies

chickpea blondies

Now, my friends, let us nom on something sneaky.  Something tricksy, as Gollum would say.  Nothing like a random Lord of the Rings reference in front of a recipe.  Am I right?  Now this one sounds a little bizarre.  A little out there.  But resist the urge to go look up sleepy baby animals instead.  I think you’re gonna be pleasantly surprised.

This is one of those recipes to make for you friends, family members, and general unsuspecting masses, smiling devilishly as they take their first unsuspecting bite.  Then after they’ve tasted it, you can casually ask them “Can you guess the secret ingredient?”  They’ll never suspect it’s chickpeas.  And they’ll never suspect this is a healthyish dessert….Que villainous music.  Mwahahaha.  😛

I like an incredibly decadent dessert as much as the next person.  Me and chocolate pie are pretty tight, I’d have to say.  But unfortunately you can’t eat like that every day.  Enter my sad face.  This is a treat you can feel good about before doing yoga.  Believe me, I’ve done yoga right after eating s’more pie.  Having these in your stomach before doing plow pose is a tad bit more comfortable.  That’s all I’m going to say.  🙂  When you’re trying to be a healthier you, but still crave a little treat, these chickpea blondies will leave you satisfied every time.

chickpea blondies

A few years back black bean brownies seemed to be all over the place. I guess this is that brownie’s hipper, glasses-wearing cousin.  There are a lot of really great recipes for these swimming around in the community fun pool that is Pinterest.  But this chickpea blondie recipe comes from Chocolate Covered Katie.  If you want a dessert to feel really good about, it’s a great site.

The funny thing about chickpeas is I kind of don’t like them.  Like not really at all.  Unless, of course, they don’t taste like chickpeas.  Then I love them.  Some beans I can sprinkle on top of a salad and be a happy camper, but not chickpeas.  Instead, I need them to be disguised in chickpea salad, hummus, or these bars.  Then chickpeas and I are just fine.  The trick with this recipe is to really thoroughly blend the batter to make sure the bean texture disappears.

Have fun being sneaky.  Happy noms!

chickpea blondies

Chickpea Blondies
 
Ingredients
  • 1 14.5 ounce can of chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • ¾ tsp. baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup ground flax
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Grease a 8x8 or 9x9 pan.
  3. Place all of the ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor (or a vitamix if you have one), and blend until smooth and creamy.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Pour in prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, until light brown.
  6. Best eaten within the first day or two.

 

 

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