This is my new favorite dessert. I’ve made it maybe a dozen times since I first discovered that a can of chickpeas could be used as a substitute for flour in select baked goods. I’ve dished it up to everyone from healthy eaters to baking enthusiasts and not one has complained that it’s too bean-y. In fact, most have reacted with surprise and delight when I tell them that this recipe is built on a foundation of legumes. It’s that good.
Chickpeas & Your Health
Before I handover the recipe, I want to take a moment to give chickpeas the plug they deserve. Packed with protein, high fiber carbohydrate, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese (among other nutrients), chickpeas are truly a nutrition powerhouse.
Furthermore, studies indicate that incorporating chickpeas into you diet can be helpful for :
Blood glucose control;
Lowering cholesterol and blood pressure;
Protecting against colorectal cancer and;
Promoting digestive health
Dark Chocolate Chickpea Blondies
Here it is. Embrace the cake-y, chocolate-y, high protein goodness of Chickpea Blondies.
1 (15oz/425g) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
⅓ cup almond butter
⅓ cup maple syrup
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla
⅓ cup dark chocolate chips + 2 tbsp for the top
Preheat the oven at 350℉/180℃.
Line a 8in x 8in (20cm x 20cm) tin with parchment paper.
Add the chickpeas, almond butter, maple syrup, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, vanilla and egg to a food processor container or a high-powered blender. Pulse 5-10 times to break down the chickpeas, and then process on high until smooth.
Gently mix the dark chocolate chips into the batter with a spatula.
Pour the the batter into the lined baking tin. Spread the batter with spatula so you have one even layer covering the bottom of the tin.
Sprinkle the batter with the remaining chocolate chips and a pinch of coarse salt.
Insert the tin into the oven, and bake for 20-25 minutes until the batter no longer jiggles. Your blondies should be golden brown around the edges of the tin.
Makes 9-12 squares.
 The Nutritional Value and Health Benefits of Chickpeas and Hummus. Wallace TC, Murray R, Zelman KM. Nutrients. 2016 Nov 29;8(12). pii: E766. Review.