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Chick Pea Blondies

by Allie on February 18, 2010 · 50 comments

in Dessert,Oven Lovin' (Baking),Recipes,Snacks

The inspiration for these chick pea blondies came from this recipe for black bean brownies and this recipe for chick pea blondies. I wanted a recipe that incorporated eggs (sorry, vegans) because the batch from my first attempt at making black bean brownies came out flat and lacked the ‘brownie’ texture that I love so much. The first recipe included eggs but it also called for 1 cup of butter, which I didn’t have. Plus I wanted to incorporate some fun ingredients such as almond butter and bananas. So I mix ‘n’ matched ingredients from both the recipes and then improvised the measurements as I went.

This tasty yet healthy ‘dessert’ packed with fiber and protein, can be eaten anytime of the day in my [cook] book!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 15 oz. can of chick peas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup ground oats/oat flour (or regular flour)
  • 2 TBSP coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 2 TBSP almond butter
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2. Place chick peas and eggs in a food processor/Magic Bullet/blender and grind until mixture reaches a batter consistency

3. Add remaining ingredients (besides ground flax seed) and continue to grind

4. Transfer mixture into a mixing bowl and stir in ground flax seed

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5. Pour batter into a greased 11×17 baking pan

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6. Bake for 22-25 minutes at 350 degrees F

7. After blondies cool down, cut into 12 squares. Enjoy!

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Well?

For one, the eggs gave it some lift so they were more cake-like while the beans and banana gave it a fudgy consistency. I think the addition of healthy fats from the almond butter and coconut oil made it much more satisfying, overall.

Try it for yourself. Give it a whirl!

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Old Jars New Gifts

The main reason why I made granola yesterday is because I’m giving some of it away! Don’t worry, I made enough so that I had plenty to eat for myself! However, I didn’t know what containers/bags to use that would look cute i.e. NOT a Ziploc bag.

Then all of a sudden it came to me that I had a bunch of empty jars that would be perfect for the job.

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1 pumpkin butter jar and 1 almond butter jar….put to good use!

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I’m going to put a label on the side of the jars to personalize them a bit.

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Recycling never looked so good.

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{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

1 *Andrea* February 18, 2010 at 3:30 pm

they look SUPERB allie! i will have to try these blondies. what a great healthy twist on a not-so healthy dessert that i love

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2 Estela @ Weekly Bite February 18, 2010 at 3:45 pm

These look delicious!!! I would’ve never thought!

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3 Lauren @ Eater not a runner February 18, 2010 at 3:49 pm

I definitely want to try the blondies! might have to add chocolate chips though…. :-)

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4 ellen eats beets February 18, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Yeah I know I”m doing tonight… making chickpea blondies!! My roomies and I are HUGE fans of recycling jars. We save all of ours for drinking glasses and other storage uses.

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5 Sarah February 18, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Hi Allie!

Just wondering if you could substitute canola oil for the coconut oil in the Chick pea blondie recipe? I’ve never used coconut oil so I’m not sure what it is like. Thanks! :)

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6 Heather (Where's the Beach) February 18, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Thanks for sharing the recipe. I try to save and recycle jars too. I use the little jars from minced garlic all the time, like taking some salad dressing to the office or storing ground flax seed.

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7 Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com February 18, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Ah so glad you posted the recipe! The onlt downside is I don’t have coconut oil :( Did that add a particular flavour, or would any oil do?
Ha yay for recycling jars!! I often taken breakfast smoothies to lectures in recycled jars :p doing my bit for the enviornment!!

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8 Naomi (onefitfoodie) February 18, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Just printed this out!!! I cant wait to make these this weekend :)

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9 Maya February 18, 2010 at 4:23 pm

I love keeping old jars around! If I like the company or label a lot, I keep the label, too, though for a gift I would take it off. I’d love to try these blondies!

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10 Allie February 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm

@Sarah @ Freya: You cab use any oil for this recipe. You could also use butter if you prefer.

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11 elizabeth February 18, 2010 at 4:36 pm

i love your use of oat flour!! i really need to experiment with using that more! and that granola looks like the best gift ever!

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12 Niki @ Niki's Neverending Adventure February 18, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Yum yum!! I am so making those Chick Pea Blondies ASAP! Great looking recipe girl! And cute use of recycled jars!! PS: You can send me some granola anytime! Haha!

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13 Paige (Running Around Normal) February 18, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Those jars are going to be SO cute with their own personalized labels on them :) Great idea. Granola looks pretty tasty, too ;)

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14 Christina (Dinner at Christina's) February 18, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Mmm both look good and I love the personalized recycled gift giving!

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15 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 18, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Cute! I’m always looking for new things to do with my glass jar collection (that steadily grows and grows).

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16 Helen February 18, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Thanks for posting the recipe, the blondies look amazing! You’ve really inspired me to make granola now – weekend task I think!!

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17 Tamizn February 18, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Those chick pea blondies sound pretty damn good! x

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18 Leena February 18, 2010 at 6:11 pm

that recipe sounds so good! thank you so much for posting it! i’m definitely going to try it out soon! i really like the addition of coconut oil and almond butter! some chocolate chips or dried cranberries would be really good in these too i bet :)

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19 Madeline February 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm

I’m really excited to try your chickpea blondies because the other bloggers I noticed making them didn’t seem to have as much success. Good thing I’m not a vegan anymore!

Also, I definitely applaud the use of your old glass jars. I just made almond butter for a coworker and put it in a really pretty jar that had honey in it. My whole family can expect homemade nut butters for Christmas and birthdays this year!

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20 BroccoliHut February 18, 2010 at 6:53 pm

AH man, I wish I had seen this post sooner–I just finished a baking sesh….oh well, tomorrow is another day:)

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21 Jessie (Vegan-minded) February 18, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Yum, these blondies look awesome! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Love the granola jars too!

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22 Tricia February 18, 2010 at 7:12 pm

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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23 Gracie @ Girl Meets Health February 18, 2010 at 8:47 pm

I’ve seen chickpea blondies swirling around at a lot of blogs lately, but these definitely look the most tasty! I think you’re right that the addition of almond butter and coconut oil makes for a better blondie. Although, maybe I should give them a try just to confirm that ;)

Love your blog, by the way! xoxo G

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24 Nicci February 18, 2010 at 9:39 pm

There was something missing when i made blackbean brownies too. I think i will need to make some chickpea blondies soon.

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25 Krista February 18, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Oh…I’ve been waiting all day for that recipe. THANKS!!

Great idea to put the granola in jars.

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26 Karla February 18, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Yum! I’ll have to give this recipe a try!! They look amazing!!

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27 Gabriela February 18, 2010 at 10:52 pm

Thanks for the recipe, Allie!
Those chickpea blondies looked truly amazing :D
Brazilian XOXO´s,
Gabriela

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28 Jenny February 18, 2010 at 11:56 pm

I love that recipe for the brownies because I actually believe I could FIND all of those ingredients. There are so many creative and delicious looking bloggie recipes that I would love to try, but they include ingredients that can be pretty scarce for those of us without a TJ’s or WF’s.

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29 Katie February 19, 2010 at 12:03 am

I am going to make these babies (but with fake eggs =P). And, I love using recycled jars for my grains, granola, seeds, nuts, etc. :)

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30 Mallory February 19, 2010 at 12:07 am

I love recipes that hide extra healthiness, so fun. And I also love things in jars, everything in my kitchen that can be in a jar is in a jar. Now how can I get my friends to make me granola for gifts??

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31 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] February 19, 2010 at 12:08 am

I’m really impressed by your adventurous personality in the kitchen. You never know what delicious eats you may create unless you try.

…and I love that you recycled your jars for granola gifts =] Whoever they receivers are will be very happy.

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32 Lauren February 19, 2010 at 1:38 am

I seriously love how you just experiment with baking-that is tough to do! These look delish! We get these little plastic containers from a local grocery store (filled with nuts, dried fruit, etc.) and they are perfect to reuse them for lunches. I love those 3 R’s. :)

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33 Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com February 19, 2010 at 3:36 am

Hey! I got a comment from Anna (?) I think that was it…for this post, and I had a different one from you for another post I think :)
I can’t wait to make these!! :D

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34 Kailey February 23, 2010 at 9:53 am

are there any substitutions for the flax seeds? I dont have any but really want to make the recipe :)

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35 Aubrey September 27, 2010 at 2:56 pm

So I read your blog everyday and i just now stumbled upon your chickpea blondies. COOOOL!

I was inspired to use this idea and make Chocolate Chip CHICKPEA cookies.
Great Success!
Maybe you can check it out.

Here’s the link to the recipe on my blog!
http://italktofood.blogspot.com/2010/09/confession-and-then-some-cookies.html

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36 Tinka October 23, 2010 at 5:19 am

Just made these.
I put whole almonds in the mix aswell so that there were almond chunks in the Blondies.
I also used Extra Virgin Olive Oil as that was all I had.
So fudgy and delicious!
Thanks Allie.

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37 Allison November 10, 2010 at 12:27 am

Allie,
I love this recipe because I am wheat sensitive, so the fact that there is no need for flour is GREAT! How do you make ground oats? Just in a blender?

Thanks,
Allison

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38 Allie November 10, 2010 at 12:58 am

Allison–
Yep, I did grind the oats in a Magic Bullet. You could also use a coffee grinder or high speed blender.

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39 Allison November 10, 2010 at 12:59 am

Thank you so much! I am going to try to make them tomorrow. I LOVE YOUR BLOG!

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40 carol February 4, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Thanks for the recipe! These turned out great. I subbed erythritol+ stevia in place of sugar and sliced almonds instead of ground flax seed. I also added few chocolate chips on top. So healthy and decadent.

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41 Kayla May 13, 2011 at 3:06 pm

just made these :) sooo good

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42 Deborah May 26, 2011 at 8:41 am

my toaster oven has no preheat function..its a panasonic NT T13n model..there isn’t a heat control either, only a timer…any idea if it would work?? thanks! the recipe looks interesting!!

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43 Allie May 26, 2011 at 9:21 am

It probably won’t. My toaster oven is like a mini oven. It goes up to 450* F and higher. I would use a big oven.

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44 Deborah May 28, 2011 at 9:00 am

aah shucks. i’m in college and my apartment only has a mini toaster oven and a microwave!! it really does look yummy though :)

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45 Max@flavortogofast September 1, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I just started avoiding grains and these are going to be my savior!

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