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!
- 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
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
5. Pour batter into a greased 11×17 baking pan
6. Bake for 22-25 minutes at 350 degrees F
7. After blondies cool down, cut into 12 squares. Enjoy!
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!
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.
1 pumpkin butter jar and 1 almond butter jar….put to good use!
I’m going to put a label on the side of the jars to personalize them a bit.
Recycling never looked so good.