1.31.2014

Foodie Friday: Gluten-free Salted Chocolate Chickpea Blondies


So I saw this amazing recipe online and I couldn't resist making it.  Thanks to the Ambitious Kitchen for coming up with these bad boys!  Hope you enjoy them as much as we do! I made them yesterday and the pan is almost gone!

Salted Chocolate Chickpea Blondies

Ingredients:
  • Cooking Spray {I used coconut oil}
  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup all natural almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave nectar {I used honey, but might try brown rice syrup next time}
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla {I used 3 teaspoons, I like vanilla}
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup vegan (or regular) chocolate chips plus 2 tablespoons {I used Enjoy Life chunks}
  • sea salt, for sprinkling



Instructions: 

This might possibly be the easiest recipe to make! Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray 8×8 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray or grease with coconut oil. Put everything in a food processor EXCEPT the chocolate and blend until smooth.  I used my Vitamix with the dry container and it worked like a charm. Stir in your  chocolate chips, I like to use dark chocolate because it has less sugar but it’s up to you. Your batter will be super thick and yummy! Spread your batter evenly into your  prepared pan then sprinkle 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips on top. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and edges are a tiny bit brown. The batter may look underdone, but you don’t want them to dry out! I ended up cooking mine for about 30 minutes; just keep an eye on them as ovens can vary. Sprinkle with sea salt  and let cool for 20 minutes. Then cut into squares. Makes 16 big blondies or 24 small ones.

I couldn't believe how easy this recipe was to make.  I was a little hesitant about the chickpea base, but you would never know.  I tasted a hint of chickpea when the batter was raw, but once cooked, you couldn't tell. These gooey, chewy squares passed the rigorous kid, toddler and hubby taste test.  Next time I'm going to make them with Soy butter or Sunflower seed butter so they can be school friendly too!  

I think I just found my new favourite indulgence....but don't tell anyone they're healthy!
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11 comments:

  1. Mmmmm a perfect Valentines treat for that special someone!

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  2. Hi there! Following your blog from Social Media Saturday Link up! Would love if you'd follow back :)
    Bel
    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/4668237/journeys-are-my-diary
    http://journeysaremydiary.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. I think I might try these! Thanks for posting this amazing recipe!

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  4. These look so delicious!
    # socialmediasaturday I don't tweet or pin, but I liked you on FB and followed with bloglovin. Have a great weekend!

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  5. Looks so yum! Thanks for sharing at Link'n Blogs. Sharing on social media now. :)

    xo
    Daniela
    http://iputabirdonit.blogspot.com

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  6. These sound delicious! My teenager hates chickpeas, but love chickpea blondies! hahaha Will be giving these a try for sure!

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  7. Great recipe - grain free, dairy free and so healthy> I will be saving and sharing this recipe. Visiting from MaMade Blog Hop & co-host. Have a healthy wonderful day!

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  8. I love this recipe since there is no need to use flour!

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  9. Hi Jen! Thanks so much for linking up with us at the MaMade Blog Hop!! These look really tasty! Don't forget to stop back and link up again next week and see if you're featured! :) Have a great week

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  10. Great recipe . Love that it's dairy free . It looks wonderful ! I'm pinning it and sharing. Thanks for linking up with us at the MaMade Blog Hop!
    Kim ~ This Ole Mom

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