Healthy Chickpea Blondie Bars - Chickpeas add protein to these scrumptious blondie bars that are low in added sugar! Gluten-free and egg-free.
With prices of food going up, how's about a tasty way to serve beans?
A can of beans is still around a buck, making them a cheap accompaniment to a meal or a nice way to add some protein to a dessert. If you know me, I've been a fan of beans in desserts for a while.
I love the protein they add, as well as the fiber, and you can't taste them, in my opinion.
Speaking of dessert, let's chat blondie bars, specifically chickpea blondie bars.
I've been making these for a year or so, and all the kids love them. When I made them to take pictures for the blog, Sam happened to be sitting by, and exclaimed, "there's beans in the blondies?!"
I had to laugh, because he hates beans!
Even after telling him that the batter tasted like cookie dough, he still wouldn't touch it.
He did eat them post-bake, and I chided him a bit saying, "you're eating beans!" Of course, he didn't care at that point, since they were mixed, baked, and covered with chocolate chips, lol.
As with most of my recipes lately, these are low in sugar (only ONE tablespoon of maple syrup for the batch!).
I feel like the other ingredients add to the natural sweetness, including oat flour, applesauce, and vanilla. I also add in some stevia, which helps!
I hope you like these if you give them a shot!
Other bean-based desserts you might like:
Healthy Chickpea Blondie Bars
- 15 ounce can chickpeas rinsed and drained
- 2 Tablespoons any nut or seed butter we like peanut butter
- 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 Tablespoon applesauce
- ¼ cup oat flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 5 Tablespoons milk of your choice
- ¼ cup chocolate chips or chopped chocolate or as desired, for the top
- stevia, for extra sweetness I use about 15 drops
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add ingredients to a food processor, sans chocolate.
- Process until smooth.
- Oil an 8 x 8 inch glass baking dish.
- Pour the batter into the dish and spread it out evenly.
- Top with chocolate, as desired.
- Bake 15-20 minutes (you want them a bit underbaked for best texture).
You can substitute the tablespoon of applesauce for one of maple syrup, if you like.