We know what you’re thinking – blondies made with chickpeas? But this blondie (aka brownie) recipe is a delicious, healthy alternative to traditional chocolate chip blondies without sacrificing any flavor! Including these beans is a great way to add extra protein and dietary fiber to the family diet. Try using raisins in place of chocolate chips for an added twist and boost of iron.
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
½ cup packed light brown sugar
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
¾ cup low sodium canned chickpeas, mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or use parchment paper in a 9 x 9 inch square baking pan.
- Combine oats, flour, flaxseeds, baking powder and soda and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
- In a large bowl, beat together sugar and applesauce until smooth. Add mashed chickpeas, egg, and vanilla to applesauce mixture and combine.
- Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients in small batches, mixing thoroughly. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Transfer batter to baking pan and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Allow blondies to cool completely then slice into 12 bites and transfer to serving dish.
- Once cool, enjoy right away or store in airtight container at room temperature up to 4 days, or freeze up to 1 month.
Makes 12 servings (1 blondie per serving).
Nutrition Facts per serving: 130 calories; 3g fat (1g sat fat, 1g mono, 1g poly, 0 g trans fats); 10 mg cholesterol; 24g carbohydrate (3g fiber, 11g sugar); 4g protein; 60mg sodium; 2% Daily Value (DV) calcium; 6% DV iron.
– Stacey Antine, MS, RDN, author, Appetite for Life, founder, HealthBarn USA, director, HealthBarn Foundation, and recognized as top 10 dietitians nationally by Today’s Dietitian magazine for her work with HealthBarn USA.