These fudgy, velvety, vegan Chickpea Blondies are smothered in luscious salted caramel and punctured with crunchy walnuts. They’re packed with protein, dates, walnuts and so many nourishing goodies that they make for a great breakfast on the go or even a post-workout bite.
When it comes to beans and pulses, chickpeas seem to get the most attention. The other beans are just left behind, pondering in limbo, not being given the credit that they quite frankly deserve. For example the butter bean: creamy, sweet, smooth no unpleasant bitterness or earthy flavours, quite simply, a blank canvas to turn into whatever dish you so please, whether it be dessert or dinner.
Of course me being me, I went for dessert. I’m usually more into brownies but I didn’t have any cocoa powder so it gave me a chance to experiment with blondies for once and what a success that experiment turned out to be.
The beans provided that much needed gooey, stodgy base, and coupled with the syrup and peanut butter, it just made each bite smooth and sticky. And the salted caramel, well I don’t need to explain how much more amazing these blondies were with that smothered on top!
Questions about Chickpea Blondies
How to make Chickpea Blondies? To make Chickpea Blondies, you will need to add chickpeas, maple syrup, protein powder, baking powder and peanut butter to a blender. Blitz until no lumps remain. Remove from the blender and fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Transfer to a tin lined with greaseproof paper and bake for 20 minutes. For the caramel, add soaked dates and plant milk to a blender and blend until smooth. Add to a saucepan with coconut sugar and salt. Heat on a simmer until sugar and salt are dissolved. Pour on top of blondies and allow to cool before cutting.
Can chickpeas be replaced with other beans? Chickpeas can be replaced by other beans. For exampled butter beans which are more creamy, neutral and less earthy, or black beans which are more rich and nutty. The nutrient content is generally very similar amongst these beans.
Chickpea Blondies Substitutions
The chickpeas can be replaced with other cooked beans, such as white beans or butter beans which have a more creamy texture and less earthy flavour. Other beans include black beans which are more rich and nutty.
Walnuts can be omitted or replaced by other nuts such as roast almonds or hazelnuts.
Protein powder can be omitted altogether if you do not feel the need to include it.
These Chickpea Blondies are…
- Sweet and salty
Chickpea Blondies Recipe
Makes 12 chunks
Ingredients for chickpea blondies:
- 65g peanut butter
- 85ml maple syrup
- 50g chocolate chips
- 50g walnuts
- 1 can chickpeas drained
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 80g protein powder
Ingredients for healthy salted caramel:
- 100g dates
- 350ml plant milk
- 1 tsp coarse salt
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- Preheat oven to 180C.
- For the blondies, start by heating the maple syrup and peanut butter in a saucepan until runny.
- Place with the remaining ingredients (except walnuts and chocolate chips) in a food processor and blitz to a smooth, coarse batter.
- Fold in the walnuts and chocolate chips and pour into a baking dish lined with greaseproof paper.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- For the caramel, soak the dates in the plant milk for at least 3 hours before pouring the entire mixture into a food processor and blitzing to a smooth paste.
- Transfer to a saucepan and add the sugar and salt.
- Heat gently until sugar and salt have dissolved.
- Pour on top of the blondies and allow to cool before serving.
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Big Thanks to…
Erin Loves Whole for their inspiration in helping me to create this recipe. You can find their version here.