Monday, April 8, 2013

Chickpea Blondies

Chickpeas? What?
Yes, you read that right. Chickpea Blondies. I kept seeing recipes that used chickpeas for a sweet dessert and I just couldn't believe it could work. This is the craziest thing ever because these taste exactly like cookie dough. It's impossible really but it totally worked. Most of the recipes I saw used refined white sugar or powder sugar so I tried switching things up to make this healthy recipe a little healthier. Go ahead, eat the whole tray. If you are feeling nice maybe share one or two but I won't tell if you don't.

1 Can Chickpeas, Skins removed
1/2 TSP Baking Powder
1/2 TSP Baking Soda
1/4 TSP Sea Salt
1.5 TSP Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Coconut Palm Sugar
1/8 Cup Ground Flax Seed
1 TSP Coconut Oil, Melted
1/3 Cup, Cup4Cup All Purpose Flour
1/3 Chocolate Chips or Vegan Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

First, rinse and remove the skins from the chickpeas. It takes awhile to do but is worth it in the end. Roll the chickpeas between your fingers and the skin should start to come off. Discard the skins.

In a food processor, blend the chickpeas until smooth. 
In a large bowl, add the blended chickpeas and combine with baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, vanilla extract, coconut palm sugar, flax seed, melted coconut oil, cup4cup all purpose flour. Mix all the ingredients until everything is combined. Add the chocolate chips.

In a glass baking dish, spray with olive oil spray or wipe lightly with olive oil.
Spread the chickpea "dough" mixture evenly into the dish.
Bake in the oven for 35 minutes.
Let stand and cool.
Then cut.

They are fairly squishy but harden up while they are cooling. They are even better the second day if you let them last that long. 
Enjoy! xo

**This recipe can be made vegan by using vegan chocolate chips. Cup4Cup All purpose flour contains milk powder so you would have to use a different all purpose flour as well. 

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