Chickpea “Blondies”

You’d think that after eating up to 2 large servings a day of 3 testing batches in a row, I’d be tired of these. But nope: I blame it on the knowledge they are a mostly-good-for-you type of dessert.

These are not meant to perfectly mimic or replace the most sinful blondies ever made, but to offer a healthy and tasty alternative instead. Yup.

Chickpea “Blondies”:

Non-stick cooking spray
15 ounces (1 can, 425 g) cooked garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup (96 g) raw sugar
1/2 cup (160 g) strawberry or other all-fruit spread
1/4 cup (64 g) crunchy natural peanut butter or tahini
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (42 g) flax meal (sub with other meal or flour if you’re not looking to make these gluten-free)
2 tablespoons (20 g) brown rice flour (sub with other meal or flour if you’re not looking to make these gluten-free)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C, or gas mark 4). Lightly coat an 8-inch (20-cm) square baking pan with spray.
In a food processor, combine all ingredients and blend until perfectly smooth, scraping sides often.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 26 minutes.
Place the pan on a wire rack and let cool completely before placing in the fridge and slicing.
Enjoy cold from the fridge. These blondies freeze well, too.

Yield: 8 servings

  • […] (photo & recipe from Have Cake, Will Travel) […]

  • Tina says:

    LOVE this recipe! I plowed through a half batch in 24 hours! :)

    • Celine says:

      so happy that you do, Tina! funny thing is someone else just tried it and strongly disliked it. as other comments show, it’s pretty much an “either you hate it or you love it” type of thing.

  • This sounds delicious; thank you so much! I’m going to bake these this weekend in the snow storm!
    Have a great weekend and thanks again!

  • Yum! Making these ASAP! (And possibly more of your recipes??? Need to do some perusing on this here blog. :))


  • kim says:

    is this healthy? and really good….can u use cooked chickpeas instead of canned?

    • Celine says:

      you mean, does it taste healthy or is it actually healthy? if you look at the ingredients, you’ll see it’s a touch healthier than other desserts. does it taste healthier than a brownie made with butter and a mass of sugar? then yes.
      and yes to using chickpeas cooked by yourself rather than canned. just be aware that the weight of the can does not equal the weight of the drained chickpeas.