Flourless Chickpea Blondies
As soon as you taste these amazing Flourless Chickpea Blondies, you’ll wonder where they’ve been all your life.
One of the first recipes I ever posted when I first started my blog, was a recipe for Flourless Chickpea Blondies. A friend of mine, who was 16 years old at the time, gave me her recipe to try and I was hooked. (Thank you Jamie!) This was 8 years ago and I’ve been baking them ever since. Last week I decided to play around with the recipe to make it even more healing, and OMG they are sooooo good!
These blondies taste like the real thing. When you have people try them, don’t tell them what they are made of and they will never know that they are made out of chickpeas.
Trust me on this. In my house, when I just put a plate out on the counter, whatever it is gets eaten immediately. But as soon as I mention that I have increased the healing powers of a food by adding a unique ingredient, the plate will just sit. It’s like the old Life Cereal commercial where Mikey won’t eat anything healthy.
I’m telling you the truth — these chocolate chip blondies (oh, did I forget to mention that these are loaded with chocolate chips…?) taste like they came from a bakery. The texture is great too. But tell people they are made with no flour and with chickpeas, and all of a sudden they don’t taste as wonderful.
And by the way, most important of all… Chinese medicine teaches us that chickpeas can help lift your mood. They are a happiness-inducing food and can relieve anxiety. Who doesn’t need a dessert like this?
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Here are some of the amazing healing ingredients in this Flourless Chickpea Blondie recipe:
Sunflower seeds help lower blood pressure and can relieve headaches and dizziness. In Eastern medicine we recommend eating sunflower seeds if a person is troubled by certain severe intestinal symptoms like dysentery, or intestinal worms or certain parasites. These seeds also contain calcium and magnesium and have anti-aging properties. In Chinese medicine they are often prescribed to get rid of rashes. I used sunflower seed butter in this recipe.
Chickpeas actually help calm the spirit. They relieve anxiety and soothe irritability… it kind of makes you realize why hummus is so popular…
Pure maple syrup contains antioxidants that help reduce inflammation in the body (think inflammatory bowel syndrome or heart disease). It also contains zinc, calcium, and magnesium. It’s much lower on the glycemic scale than traditional sugar. Whenever possible, use a darker (grade B) syrup because the nutritional composition is better than that of lighter syrups.
- 1 cup sun butter
- 2 tsp coconut sugar (if using sweetened sun butter, no need to add this)
- 2 eggs
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- 1 15-oz can chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper.
- Add all of the ingredients, except the chocolate chips, to your food processor.
- Process until smooth.
- Stir in chips.
- Pour batter into line pan.
- Bake 30-35 mins, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool in pan on rack for a bit, then lift out the parchment and cool the blondies on the parchment on the rack until cool.
- Slice and enjoy!
How much maple syrup should be used? Can I just add more instead of using coconut sugar as well?
The recipe calls for 1/3 cup, so that’ what I use. I don’t think you should add more maple syrup instead of the coconut sugar, because that may be too much liquid. If you don’t have coconut sugar, I’d substitute white or brown sugar — but, I am not an expert baker and I need to follow a recipe exactly!
Do you have nutrition information?
Sorry for my late response — I just saw your comment. I do not have nutritional information for my recipes. I know that all of the ingredients are healthy, and that works for me.
What is sun butter?
Hi Joanna. Sun butter is like a nut butter but it is made from sunflower seeds instead of nuts!