Chickpea blondies recipe

These chickpea blondie bars with peanut butter are healthy, fudgy, vegan blondies with chocolate chips. A delicious healthy vegan protein dessert or snack ready in 30 minutes!

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What’s a blondie?

A blondie is like a brownie. Well, except for the color, hence its name. Brownies are named for their chocolate color, same for blondies. They are blonde because of the lack of chocolate in their dough, replaced with vanilla.

How to make chickpea blondies?

Chickpea blondies are fudgy healthy blondies bars made in 10 minutes in your food processor using canned chickpeas. The trick to made a fudgy blondie with chickpea is to drain and towel-dry the chickpea first!

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This is the key to make blondies with canned chickpeas. All the other ingredients you need are pretty simple pantry staples:

  • Canned chickpeas – canned chickpea, drained and towel-dried, to remove any excess water that could make the blondies too soft and fragile
  • Maple syrup – or any unrefined liquid sweetener of your choice
  • Peanut butter
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Vanilla
  • Dark chocolate chips – or pieces of 70% dark chocolate. Most dark chocolates with more than 70% cocoa are vegan friendly

How to make chickpea blondies

Flourless chickpea blondies

This recipe is flourless meaning there is no all-purpose flour used in the recipe. Instead, the recipe is using almond flour, which is basically thin blanched ground almonds. Other options are oat flour that you can make at home by pulsing rolled oats into your blender 30 seconds.

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Chickpea peanut butter blondies: nut free options!

While I love the combination of chickpea and peanut butter in this recipe there is a nut free option too! First, you can replace peanut butter with sunflower seed butter. Next, swap the almond flour with oat flour. Finally, if you can eat almonds, and you are only looking for a peanut-free option, replace peanut butter with almond butter or cashew butter and keep the almond flour.

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Can I freeze chickpea blondies?

Yes, you can freeze chickpea blondies individually, in zip bags or in an airtight box. If you are using a box, separate each blondie bar with a piece of parchment paper to prevent them from sticking together. Defrost your chickpea blondie bars on the counter the day before or at least 3 hours before.

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Chickpea blondie bars

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Carine

Chickpea blondie recipe

A healthy chickpea peanut butter blondie recipe with chocolate chips, flourless, gluten free and vegan
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Cool Down Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: chickpea blondie brownies, chickpea blondies, chickpea blondies recipe, chickpea peanut butter bondie, chocolate chip chickpea blondies, easy vegan baking, flourless chickpea blondies, healthy chickpea blondies, healthy vegan desserts, vegan blondies, vegan gluten free baking, vegan snack
Servings: 12 bars
Calories: 125kcal
Author: Carine
4.82 from 59 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup Canned chickpeas - or 1 can canned chickpea of 400 g (14 oz), drained, towel dried
  • 1/3 cup Peanut butter - or sunflower seed butter if nut free
  • 1/2 cup Maple syrup - or any liquid sweetener like agave syrup or date syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon Vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea salt
  • 1/3 cup Almond flour - or oat flour
  • 1/3 cup Vegan dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) Line a 9 inches x 9 inches brownie pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Open the can of chickpea, rinse, drain and dry/rub the chickpeas in a clean towel to remove ALL the water or moisture. This is VERY important or the blondies will be fragile and too moist
  • Place the chickpea in the bowl of a food processor, add peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  • Blend on high speed for 1 minute or until smooth and no big lumps are left.
  • Add in almond flour and process again on high speed for 15-30 seconds to blend evenly.
  • Remove the food processor blade, stir in chocolate chips. I recommend you keep 3 tablespoons on the side and sprinkle later on top of the blondie. This also prevent adding too much chocolate chips in the batter that will melt and turn your blondie into a brownie.
  • Spread the blondie batter evenly onto the prepared baking dish and sprinkle the chocolate chips you set aside on top.
  • Bake 20 - 30 minutes or until golden and crusty on top. CAREFUL, if your pan is wider it will cook way faster and on the opposite if your pan is smaller the blondies are thicker and it may take more than 30 minutes to set. Always insert a pick in the center of the bondie to check baking. If it comes out clean with little crumb it is ready.
  • Cool 10 minutes in the pan to firm up the blondies. Don't skip this or they will break. Then gently lose the sides with a knife and lift the pieces of parchment paper to easily release the blondie from the pan and transfer onto a cooling rack. Careful the bondie will still be soft and fragile. If you feel it is too soft or moist wait 10 more minutes before transferring onto the cooling rack. This prevent the blondie to break.
  • Cool for at least 1 hour before slicing into 1 bars or they can be fragile. After 1 hour you can pop the blondie in the fridge for 1 hour. It will add an extra fudgy texture and make it easier to slice.

Storage

  • Store up to 5 days in the fridge in an airtight container.

Notes

Nut-free option: replace peanut butter with  sunflower seed butter and almond flour by oat flour
Almond flour swap : use same amount of oat flour or all-purpose flour. Note that the blondies are fudgier with almond flour
Maple syrup swap: use same amount of agave syrup, rice syrup or date syrup

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 168mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg

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Reader Interactions

Comments

  1. Tess

    5 stars
    I made this recipe with oat flour and it seems to hold together well 10 min out of the oven. I loved the peanut butter and chocolate together, yum! I aim for low sweetener so I used 1/4 cup maple syrup and 85% dark chocolate chunks and it’s just barely sweet enough, might do 1/3 cup maple syrup next time.

    I used a trick I learned for smooth hummus and it worked nicely for this recipe – boil the chickpeas 20 min with 1 tsp baking powder. Let them cool or they’ll melt the chocolate chips, like mine did, oops, still yummy!

    Could you please clarify when to add the salt? For the vanilla is 1/2 tablespoon correct, equivalent to 3/4 tsp?

    • Carine

      Serving size appears on top of each recipe cards on my blog. This blondies serve 12 bars and the nutrition panel is for 1 serve, 1 bar. Enjoy, The recipe. XOXO Carine

  2. Ashley

    5 stars
    Definitely love this yummy recipe and will be using it in the future! I subbed maple syrup for agave because it’s all I had and used gf namaste flour instead of almond flour and its delish!

  3. Anna

    5 stars
    Okay here’s my simple review: anyone who loves cho colate should make these blondies, they’ve become one of my favourites because they’re super easy to make, healthy and delicious. I will definitely make them again soon 🙂

    Ps. I used 1/3 cup zero calorie maple syrum instead of 1/2 cup regular maple syrup and I used stevia dark chocolate. I chose oat flour bc I didn’t have any almond flour.

    • Carine

      Thanks so much for sharing all your ideas on upgrading this recipe ! Love it. Take care, XOXO Carine

  4. Alicja

    5 stars
    Incredible! Kid approved too!! Used oat flour instead. Will be making this over and over again. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Carine

      It is great when the kids are on board too! Mine are crazy about these blondies as well 🙂 Take care, XOXO Carine

  5. Life

    5 stars
    These are absolutely outstanding!!!! Kid and adult approved. I’ve officially decided they are a new category of health food Thank you. All the best, @veganmiaorganics

  6. Jules

    5 stars
    The whole pan was gone within 5 minutes. My four little boys and I will be making these again for sure. Quick, easy and was just what we all needed for a little pick me up. Thanks for sharing your gift with the world!

  7. Cindy Fillis

    5 stars
    Have made these twice! Yesterday, my 6 yr. old grandson, kept, in his words, “snooching” more of them because they were so good! Thanks for sharing your recipes, going to try more!

    • Carine

      That is amazing ! My kids are also in love with this recipe. It feels good to serve them healthy treats like this. Thanks for trying my recipes, XOXO Carine

  8. Sabrina

    5 stars
    Amazing! Thank you for this and every other one of your recipes I come across. You allowed me to snack healthy again!

  9. Whitney

    5 stars
    These are delicious! I’m not vegan and usually would steer clear of things that are, but these are now a staple in our house! Used oat flour (blended up my own for oats) and was feeling more like the traditional cookie bar flavors rather than chocolate peanut butter, so blended up almonds to make my own almond butter and added a splash of avocado oil to make up for the left out oil that would usually be in the peanut butter. Added 1 tbsp of chia seeds for some crunch and these are golden!

    • Carine

      I am so happy you enjoy the blondie recipe ! Love the addition of chia seeds in thIs recipe too. Thanks for sharing your tips, Enjoy the recipes on the blog, XOXO Carine

  10. Aileen

    5 stars
    LOVED these! One batch is simply not enough!!! So excited to have a healthy alternative to a Reese’s blondie treat I once enjoyed before shifting to a more conscious diet.

      • Yasmine

        Hello, could you recommend me a good food processor? I have a blender but it’s very weak it doesn’t work to make batter

        • Carine

          Sure! I am using a Kitchen aid at the moment (this volume) – affiliate link. It is not the cheapest brand but it is robust and blend anything even hard nuts. I also love that the warranty is 5 years on all parts, my kid break the bowl and they exchange mine in few days, no questions ask. Enjoy, XOXO Carine

  11. Madeleine

    Quick question – anytime I’ve baked sunflower seed butter it has turned my baked goods emerald green in color the next day – any thoughts on this or tips?

    • Carine

      I never had this issue so I would recommend buying a different brand to see if it gets better. Enjoy the recipe, XOXO Carine

  12. Kinjal

    The recipe looks very interesting and i definitely want to try it. I will be using oats flour to make this. however i do not have maple syrup, can i use honey instead. If yes then how much? and if no then what else can i use as a sweetener. Thanks.

    • Carine

      You can use the same amount of honey to replace maple syrup in this recipe. Since its a vegan recipe blog, I don’t recommend honey but the recipe will work well with it. Enjoy, XOXO Carine

  13. Sarah

    5 stars
    Really good! I used 1/4 cup of maple syrup and 1/4 of Swerve sweetness. I used almond flour but will try with the oat flour as well. I love the gooey texture in the middle!

    • Carine

      Thanks for sharing your option! I will try that too, sounds delicious. Enjoy the recipes on the blog, XOXO Carine

  14. Abby

    5 stars
    Tried this recipe today and it worked brilliantly! Awesome squidgy texture, will try with hazelnut butter next time!

    • Carine

      I am not sure how it will work since I didn’t try this option. It will probably make the blondies more fragile since there is no sugar. Enjoy, XOXO Carine

  15. Charlene

    I find sunflower seed butter to be quite bitter. Would swapping sunflower seed butter for the peanut butter significantly alter the taste of the blondies or make them bitter?

  16. Agnes

    5 stars
    I just made them and am pleasantly surprised how it turn out!!!! Never expected chickpeas can be used for bar snack! Mine might be a tad dry so next time I will check the baking time a few minutes early. Already thinking about what to add in to them in my next batch! Thank you so much for the recipe!!!

  17. camryn

    5 stars
    oh.my.goodness. i have been vegan for 5 years HOW have i just come across this recipe. i made them today, and waited patiently all day to have one for dessert and let me tel you, THEY ARE HEAVENLY. i am making them for all of my friends for the holidays, i seriously can’t say enough good things about these. THANK YOH

  18. Oceane

    Hi thanks a lot for your recipe it seems fantastic! I just had a question, do you believe that peanut butter can be replaced by dairy-free yogurt ? I’m allergic to nuts and wondered if that could be an option !

    • Carine

      You can’t replace the nut butter by yoghurt, but nut-free options are sunflower seed butter or tahini, same amount. Enjoy, XOXO Carine

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