If you love black-bean brownies, you will love these decadent but nutritious treats! They are incredibly moist, deliciously sweet (despite being low in added sugars), and packed with nutritious ingredients.
I was pretty skeptical of using chickpeas in a dessert at first, but these treats completely blew my mind. You would never guess that they contain chickpeas, or that they are secretly nutritious.
They are egg- and dairy-free, wheat free, and gluten-free (if gluten-free oats are used). And at only 117 kcal per square, you can have your cake (or blondie) and eat it too.
One to two squares per person is a good portion size. You can serve them as a snack, a tea-time treat, or as a dessert paired with some fresh fruit and a blob of plain yoghurt. Enjoy!
Choc-chip blondies (with oats & chickpeas)
- 1 can chickpeas about 1.5 cups cooked chickpeas
- 1/2 cup oats gluten-free if desired
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 med ripe banana
- 1/4 cup peanut butter or any nut butter or tahini
- 1/4 cup honey / xylitol / sugar / granulated sweetener honey is good for extra flavour
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- If needed: splash of any milk (up to 1/4 cup) if your batter is too thick to blend
- 1/3 cup chocolate-chips vegan of desired
- Preheat the oven to 180 C.
- Drain and rinse the chickpeas very well. This will ensure that your end product does not have a 'beany' taste.
- Blend all of the ingredients, except for the choc-chips, together in a powerful blender until completely smooth. If the batter is struggling to blend, add a splash of milk.
- Stir in the choc-chips, reserving a few for decorating. Pour the mixture into a prepared oven dish, about 20 X 20 cm (or two smaller 15 X 15 cm pans).
- Bake for 20 minutes, then remove from the oven. A knife inserted in the center WILL NOT come out clean. Let them cool for about 30 minutes before cutting, they will firm up but stay nice and moist on the inside.
- Cut into 12 squares and serve! P.S. These squares also freeze very well.