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Flourless Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies {vegan, gluten-free & healthy}

Secretly healthy chickpea blondies made with chickpeas, peanut butter, pure maple syrup and chocolate chips. No one can tell that they’re made with chickpeas instead of flour, because they taste exactly like a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie! The best part is that the chickpea cookie dough is amazing (and vegan so you can eat it with a spoon!).

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

  flourless chocolate chip chickpea blondies on parchment paper

Remember back in 2012 when putting chickpeas in cookie dough and in blondies were all the rage? Well, the chickpea trend is happening all over again and I can’t say I’m mad about it. They’re actually my favorite legume.

This particular recipe just so happens to be an Ambitious Kitchen reader favorite recipe and one of my most popular. Basically, these little blondies are amazing bites of peanut butter chocolate chip cookie bliss. I swear, it’s true. After all, there are HUNDREDS of comments on this recipe from readers who just can’t get enough.

I remember the very first time I made them too! I was with my mom and we kept eating the dough straight from the bowl because we couldn’t believe how addicting it was. Kid you not, it tasted like peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough.

And well, to be honest… you *could* just skip the whole baking thing and just eat the dough (it’s vegan!). YUMMMMMM. COOKIE DOUGH DIPPIN’ PARTYYYY.

flourless chocolate chip chickpea blondies on parchment paper

Before you get to the recipe, let’s talk about ingredients!

These healthy chickpea blondies are made with:

chickpeas

peanut butter (or your favorite all-natural nut butter)

pure maple syrup

chocolate chips

baking soda

baking powder

salt

These are so easy to whip up and can be in your belly in less than a half hour! Plus,  they’re fudgy, packed with chocolate chips, and so wonderfully chewy. The sea salt really takes it over the top though; they reminded me of my favorite peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.

flourless chocolate chip chickpea blondies in a stack

I mean just LOOK AT THAT FUDGY STACK. I’m drooling, are you?

The best part about these blondies is that there are zero weird ingredients involved. They’re good for you and surprise everyone by how delicious they are. Plus these healthy chickpea blondies are vegan and gluten free, so pretty much anyone can enjoy them! I hope you love them as much as I have throughout the years. xo.

flourless chocolate chip chickpea blondies on a wire rack

SEE HOW TO MAKE THE CHICKPEA BLONDIES

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Flourless Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies with Sea Salt {vegan, gluten-free & healthy}

4.84 from 42 votes
Course Bar, Dessert, Gluten Free, Healthy, Snack, Vegan
Keyword chickpea blondies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Serves 16
Secretly healthy chickpea blondies made with chickpeas, peanut butter, pure maple syrup and chocolate. Taste amazingly like peanut butter cookies. Flourless and no butter!

Ingredients

  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup all natural peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave nectar (you can also use honey if you're not vegan)
  • 2 teaspoons 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
  • Coarse sea salt, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray 8x8 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a food processor, add all ingredients except chocolate chips and process until batter is smooth. 
  3. Fold in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips, I like to use dark chocolate because it has less sugar but it's up to you. Note: Batter will be thick and super delicious, so you could actually just eat it on it's own!
  4. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan then sprinkle 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips on top. (The batter may stick to your spatula, so I like to spray my spatula with nonstick cooking spray first.)

  5. 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!
  6. Cool pan for 20 minutes on wire rack. Sprinkle with sea salt then cut into squares. Makes 16 blondies. Store covered in the fridge for up to 3-5 days.

Recipe Notes

Adding an egg to the batter will make it more cake-like, but not vegan.

You can use your favorite nut butter, just make sure it’s all natural.

Feel free to add in other things according to your dietary needs like nuts, dried fruit, or other types of chocolate.

Nutrition
Servings: 16 bars
Serving size: 1 bar
Calories: 120kcal
Fat: 6g
Carbohydrates: 13.5g
Fiber: 1.8g
Sugar: 6.9g
Protein: 3.5g

 

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