Happy New Year!! But seriously…how is it already 2017??? Lets start the year off on a healthier note, shall we? So healthy chickpea peanut butter blondie bars. No flour, no refined sugar, no eggs, no butter. Whaaaaaat?! And yes…they are damn good. Too good. This is the perfect New Years resolution dessert to keep ya on track! So here is my healthy dessert recipe for the year. I’ll be back in a couple of days with a recipe to help you fall off that diet wagon. Sorry?
Just like my Black Bean Brownie Cupcakes, this recipe uses an unconventional ingredient (chickpeas in todays recipe), but YOU CANNOT TASTE THE CHICKPEAS! You need a food processor to make this though, because you do not want any chickpea chunks. Ewww. Gross. I made my sister eat one and try and guess what was in it. Nope…she didn’t taste the chickpeas! Ha!
Here is a picture of what my mixture looked like after I was done processing it. It is mostly smooth with no chunks.
I have made these twice now. The first time with chocolate chips and M&M’s and the second time with peanut butter chips. I kinda don’t want to show you the pictures of the chocolate chip ones I made because they are UGLY. All the food processing heated the mixture up so much that it melted my chocolate chips and M&M’s when I added them. Not pretty. But still yummy. I’ll show you anyways…they are so ugly, it’s funny.
See? I told you. Ugly. ((((sigh)))) And I don’t think the second batch of them will win any beauty awards either, but I thought they looked a little better. But at least your thighs (and tastebuds) will thank you for making these.
These are so good! And the perfect sweet snack that won’t blow your diet! They have a sweet peanut butter flavor with a soft, chewy consistency.
Healthy Chickpea Peanut Butter BlondiesPrint Recipe
- 1 (15.5-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 2/3 cup peanut butter (I used reduced fat)
- 2/3 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon maple extract
- 1 cup mix-in's (chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, nuts, etc!!)
Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Line an 8 x 8-inch square pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
Open the can of chickpeas and drain the fluid from the can. Put chickpeas in a strainer and rinse under running water (I soaked my rinsed chickpeas in a bowl of water while I gathered all the rest of my ingredients too).
Fit your food processor with the S blade attachment and throw the chickpeas, peanut butter, coconut sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and both extracts in the bowl of the food processor. Turn food processor on and let ingredients process until the mixture is creamy and there are no chunks of chickpeas. You may need to stop periodically to scrape the sides of the bowl down to ensure all ingredients get finely processed.
Remove blade and bowl from processor. Wait several minutes for your mixture to cool down then add your baking chips and fold in by hand. If you add the baking chips immediately, they will melt.
Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake in 350-degreee oven for 25-minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Let blondies set in the pan and cool completely before cutting into desired sized squares.
Store room temperature in an airtight container. Bars are semi-fragile, so handle carefully.
Truth be told, I had every intention of topping the second batch of these with a maple glaze icing (mostly for looks), but these were just so good on their own that I left well enough alone and let the blondies be naked.
So after I cut these into bars, I had to get them out of the house (that’s how good they are). If you read my blog, then you know the gym is my second home. I love the group fitness classes at my gym and my favorite instructor is Danielle. She is just the most amazing and inspiring person. I mean someone who can make working out fun?? Seriously….she does! So I have become good friends with Danielle, as well as Michelle and Angie because they are at the gym even more than me hehehe. Michelle and Angie are always at the gym and take all of Danielle’s classes too, so of course we bonded and have all become friends. I decided that Danielle, Michelle and Angie needed these healthy treats to help ring in the New Year! So I packaged these blondies up and gave them to the girls after class 🙂
I got a text message from Angie later that day, telling me the Blondies were amazing and not to change a thing! So there ya go! It’s not just me that thinks these are amazing.
So y’all gotta try these. Super easy to make since you just dump everything in the food processor! Before I go….anything you guys want to see on the blog this year?? Sweets are my jam, but it might be time to add some savory dishes…healthy dinners? If you have an idea of what you would like to see, leave a comment below! Love hearing from my readers!!