I’m not sure if you know this or not, but I am a sucker for baked goods. The more chocolate, the better. Some personal faves include chocolate chips cookies, cupcakes, brownies and Nanaimo bars.

As a Nutritionist (and athlete) my nutritional health is a priority, so between the food intolerances I have and the general avoidance of highly processed, sugary treats, I am always on the lookout for healthier versions of my favourite goodies that use good quality, whole food ingredients. I pretty much only use gluten free and vegan recipes (although I do use honey).

I can count more kitchen disasters than successes when it comes to following recipes I find online for homemade desserts that are free of my intolerances. I tend to trust cookbooks more often, and now have a very select few websites I use for recipes. I also have an amazing baker in my back pocket for vegan, gluten free cupcakes and I have a few cafes in different cities that are a must-visit when I am in town.

I recently saw a picture of chickpea blondies on a fellow Nutritionist’s Instagram and I asked her if I could share her recipe in my next blog post. But, of course, I had to taste test first.

So, while meal prepping this weekend, I made a tray. Let’s just say, there may (or may not) only be one left in the fridge.

SUCCESS! And boyfriend approved.

 

I present you, Chickpea Blondies by Melissa Smith Nutrition.

Chickpea Blondies           Prep: 5 minutes                                Cook: 25-30 min.

  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed well
  • ½ cup organic peanut butter (or any other nut butter)
  • ¼ cup of honey OR maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder (I use 365 brand from whole foods b/c it’s aluminium free!)
  • ¼ tsp. pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. natural vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of dark chocolate chips
  • Himalayan sea salt and extra chocolate chips to top

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line small baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Add chickpeas, peanut butter, honey or maple syrup, coconut sugar, baking powder, sea salt, and vanilla extract to a food processor or high speed blender. Blend until mixture or smooth with no visible chunks.
  3. Add mixture to a mixing bowl. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour mixture in to parchment lined baking dish and smooth out evenly.
  5. Top with sea salt and chocolate chips
  6. Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes
  7. Let cool and cut in to squares.
  8. Store in refrigerator for up to 1 week OR put in the freezer for up to 3 months. Enjoy!

 

NOTE: I used a 19 oz can of Blue Menu chickpeas, organic natural almond butter instead of peanut butter, raw honey, alcohol-free organic vanilla and Enjoy Life Mega Chunks.

This recipe was SO easy to follow and used ingredients I always have in my pantry anyway. All I had to buy was the chocolate chips. Prep is quick, which is not always the case with vegan desserts.

These blondies taste absolutely incredible…so chewy and moist, and because of the Mega Chunks of chocolate chips I used, there was SO.MUCH.CHOCOLATE.

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