I’m all about unusual recipes and food. If it sounds weird to you, I’ll probably be interested in it. I don’t know what it is but I’m just drawn to them. This time, I made this recipe because I was in a healthy kick (I still am, but I don’t go to the extremes like before) and I wanted something totally guiltless, that made me feel good eating it. It has more fiber, protein and vitamins than most desserts but is just as delicious.

I present you Chickpea Blondies. Does it sound totally weird to you? Well that’s why I like it (:

No butter or oil here (Disclaimer: I LOVE butter and I encourage its use, I think is a wonderful natural food and we’re meant to eat it, I just followed this recipe and it really doesn’t need butter, but like everything in life, it could benefit from its addition) and also no eggs or any other diary, so this is a vegan recipe and a very yummy one that is! I wanna try it again maybe adding 1 egg and see how it turns out, since I’m not vegan. Actually, I ate this with a slice of cheese on top. Does it sound weird? Yeah, I’m all about that. But I would definitely make them again!

And I served some with a little cinnamon syrup. It made them soo moist and flavorful. Of course it means a little more calories but is not actually that much and well worth it since you’re saving on everything else! I like being logical. And weird.

Oh, and you can’t taste the chickpeas in these, so don’t be scared! They don’t have the same texture as regular blondies of course, but they are great on their own, a little cakey, dense and soft. I’m thinking I will add walnuts next time (I like nuts in no-chocolate treats. I know…) And you could make them even healthier by using whole wheat flour instead of AP, but I think it will make them too earthy, if that makes any sense.

Chickpea “Blondies”

Recipe From: have cake will travel

A little more of 1 cup of cooked chickpeas, drained.

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1/2 cup well mashed bananas or other all fruit spread. (I used banana)

½ cup natural smooth peanut butter (She recommends tahini as well)

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

½ cup AP flour

1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of salt

Preheat oven to 350°F

Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper leaving ‘handles’ on two sides to facilitate removing the bars from the pan.
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.

Give them a try! Really, sometimes variation can be a good thing. Oh, wanna hear a really good, sweet song? Yeah? Okay here you go:

Have a lovely sunday!

-Amalia.

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