Let’s talk chickpea brownies or perhaps a better name chickpea blondies (due to their pale colour)
I know the thought of combining Chickpeas, Banana and peanut butter into a chocolatey slice, sounds like a strange, perhaps almost an impossible combination but honestly, it’s a combo my kids actually love.
Yes all three of my kiddos devour these Chickpea blondies!
Vegan Chickpea Brownies
So we spoke about the slightly strange ingredients. Nutritionally this combination has some great benefits. This chickpea blondie recipe is high in fibre and protein and low in sugar. I mean that’s awesome
It is also a pretty good vegan source of iron. And as this recipe is wheat, egg, and dairy-free it makes it great for allergy kids too.
The prep is very simple with a food processor doing pretty much the entire thing.
The final product is a soft brownie slice which is a good snack, lunch box item or dessert served with yoghurt.
There are a few versions of this or something similar around, I found I could reduce the added sugar of most recipes by including a banana in my version.
Baking with Chickpeas
I am quite a fan of using tinned chickpeas in my baking. My chickpea Oat Crackers are awesome for Cracker loving kids or for adults to enjoy with a glass of wine.
And you can make a pretty delicious chocolate chip cookie with chickpeas!
- 1 Can chickpeas rinsed and drained.
- 160-180g banana
- ½ Cup peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 75g or approx 1/2 Cup roughly chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
- Place all ingredients excluding the chocolate into a food processor
- Whizz until smooth
- Add the chocolate and pulse a few times so that it is evenly dispersed
- Pour into a lined loaf tin
- Bake at 180 degrees celsius for 30-40mins depending on tin size. When it is ready it will start to become golden particularly around the edges and the edges will begin to pull away from the tin
- Leave to cool in the tin for at least 10min before turning out on a rack to finish cooling.
I have substituted the chickpeas with cannellini beans and it works well
I only use maple syrup as I love the flavour of bananas and maple syrup, but honey, golden syrup or molasses would work as well. Note if you use honey this recipe will no longer be vegan
If you are using milk chocolate the recipe won't be dairy free
Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 188Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 1mgSodium 127mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 3gSugar 13gProtein 5g