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Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies {vegan, grain-free}

My quick and easy Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies taste decadent but are super-heathy! They are vegan, grain-free, gluten-free, oil-free, and only 102 calories each.
overhead shot of peanut butter chickpea blondies

Hi everyone, hope you are staying warm and cozy on this first day of February.

We’re a month in to the New Year, so it is a great time to reassess how things are going with resolutions, especially any related to eating better and moving more. January always seems like a rough time to make major changes, so don’t worry if it’s been a rocky start. Pat yourself on the back for ANY positive changes and carry on–you’ve got this!

To make life a little sweeter along the way to good health and great habits, I am offering a simple recipe that is a winner at our house (even with my 3-year-old): Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies!

stack of peanut butter chickpea blondies

No, this is not a joke: these fudgy chocolate chip-flecked blondies taste like a splurge, but are in fact a healthy treat for any time of the day. They also happen to be:

  • Vegan
  • Oil-free
  • Grain-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Flourless

Better yet, they can be made in minutes. Let’s get baking, shall we?

How to Make Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies

The not-so-secret ingredient in these healthy-decadent blondies is right there in the name: Chickpeas.

bowl of chickpeas

CHICKPEAS???!!! I know that’s what you’re thinking, but hold on, there is a method to my culinary madness. Chickpeas, once pureed, lend a smooth, buttery flavor, as well as ample structure to these flour-free blondies. Trust me, they work like a charm.

In addition, chickpeas add plant-based protein without the need for )expensive) vegan protein powder. Win!

Now, on to the making, which is ridiculously simple. Rinse and drain the chickpeas and add to a blender along with the remaining ingredients, except for the chocolate chips: peanut butter, water, coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar), water, baking soda, and vanilla.

Process, stopping to scrape the sides several times, until completley smooth.

blender full of chickpea blondie batter

Spread the batter in an 8-inch square baking pan. I like to line the pan with parchment paper (it make the blondies easier to remove once cooled), but you can also simply spray or lightly grease the pan.

unbaked chickpea blondie batter in pan

Sprinkle the blondies with the chocolate chips. I like to use miniature chocolate chips (to cover more surface area), but you can also use regular size, whatever you have on hand or prefer.

unbaked chickpea blondie batter in pan

Bake in a 350F oven for 20 to 24 minutes or until the surface of the blondies appears dry and the edges are beginning to turn golden brown. Be careful not to overbake! You want these to be fudgy, not cakey, so less is definitely more when it comes to baking time.

Hello, delicious!

baked chickpea blondies in pan

Wait until the blondies are cool before removing from the pan and cutting into bars or squares. I know, it’s hard to wait, but the blondies will be much sturdier once cooled.

chickpea blondies on a cooling rack

Happy baking, everyone!

Yield: 16 blondies

Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies

Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies

My quick and easy Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies taste decadent but are super-heathy! They are vegan, grain-free, gluten-free, oil-free, and only 102 calories each.

Ingredients

  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter (see notes for options)
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar (see notes for options)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup miniature chocolate chips (dairy & grain-free, as needed)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C). Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper (or simply spray or grease).
  2. Place all of the ingredients EXCEPT the chocolate chips in a blender. Process until completely smooth, stoppng to scrape down the sides of the blender several times.
  3. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle with the chocolate chips.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 24 minutes until the surface appears dry and the edges are beginning to turn golden brown (do not overbake).
  5. Cool completley in pan and then cut into squares or bars.

Notes

Peanut Butter Options: An equal amount of smooth almond butter, cashew butter or tahini can be used in place of the peanut butter.

Coconut Sugar Options: An equal amount of brown sugar can be used in place of the coconut sugar.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size

1 blondie

Amount Per Serving Calories 102Total Fat 5.5gSaturated Fat 1.1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 156.3mgCarbohydrates 11.7gFiber 1.7gSugar 6.4gProtein 3.3g

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melanie

Thursday 4th of February 2010

Unbeleivably good thanks.

Kyla

Thursday 4th of February 2010

Super good and so easy. I have never eaten something sweet made with beans before but these are amazing.

Maia

Thursday 4th of February 2010

These are perfect. I added more chocolate chips (mixed in) and used almond butter. Delish!

Lydia

Thursday 4th of February 2010

Soooooo GOOD! I made these right after you posted because I had the ingredients. So yummy.

Haylee

Thursday 4th of February 2010

Ym, these are the best blondies I have ever tasted and I am not even a good baker. Maybe now I am! Thanks!

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