Chickpea Blondies aka Your New Best Friend

Healthy dessert? Count me in! These chickpea blondies are a healthier take on a classic dessert with no compromise in flavor. Slightly peanut buttery, and subtly sweet, these are a big hit. Believe it or not, it keeps getting better. This recipe is designed for a food processor. Just add all the ingredients and give it a nice whip until the batter is nice and smooth. Easy peasy lemon squeezy! 

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Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, are great for a number of reasons. For starters, chickpeas are known for their ability to build and maintain bone strength within the body. Many Americans, mostly older female women, are prone to developing osteoporosis, or bone loss. Chickpeas can help combat this medical condition. These beans are also chock full of protein, vitamins, and minerals. Another bonus is being part of the legume family, they’re known to reduce the risk of heart disease. Who knew this bean could make such a delicious dessert?

 

Chickpea Blondies

Ingredients:

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  • 1 15oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 quick oats
  • 1/3 peanut butter (can substitute for any nut butter you like best)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

 

Directions:

Set oven to 350ºF. Grease an 8×8 pan, preferably glass. Combine all ingredients, excluding the chocolate chips, in a food processor. Once the ingredients have turned into a smooth batter, mix in the chocolate chips. Transfer batter into the greased pan and pop them into the oven. They should cook for approximately 30 minutes.

These blondies are delicious on their own or with ice cream. Chocolate, peanut butter, coconut. It’s all a matter of preference, but there’s a fairly lengthy list of flavors that compliment these nicely. Up for making your own ice cream. Try out this recipe!

 

Alaina Carstensen

Gastronomy Content Contributor

Alaina Carstensen is a high school senior at Milton High School. Alaina is a dog lover and a tea fanatic who absolutely loves being in the kitchen. She takes every possible opportunity to cook a fresh meal.