Friday, January 30, 2015
Chickpeas are one of my favorite "weird" ingredients used in healthified desserts. They produce dense and fudgy texture and don't add any unnecessary flavor. There are plenty of chickpea dessert recipes which I adore, but among all of them I have two favorites: Cookie Dough and Peanut Butter Chickpea Cheesecake. However! I've just discovered another dessert where chickpeas can be used. Blondies! These blondies are awesome, but chickpeas aren't the only healthy ingredient here. In fact, every single ingredient in these blondies is healthy. (Okay, there is some chocolate, but a little bit of chocolate won't hurt you). And surprise! These are so good that you would probably not believe how delicious they are after looking at the ingredient list. Yes, we tend to think that healthy is less delicious. It's true that these don't taste exactly like blondies. You CAN tell that they're healthy but it doesn't make them worse. They're sweet, chewy, fudgy, and, most importantly, good for you.
210g* cooked chickpeas, drained
85g (1/3 cup) homemade peanut butter
1/2 tsp salt
100g (1/2 cup) unrefined light brown sugar
30g (2 tbsp) applesauce
28g (1/4 cup) ground flaxseed
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
*I cooked 100 grams of dried chickpeas and got 210 grams cooked. 100g dried should equal 240g cooked, but, well, hm, not for me, I guess. It's not that bad if you add 30 grams more or less though. If you are lazy, feel free to use 1 can of chickpeas.
1) Preheat oven to 180C / 350F. Lightly grease a loaf pan or use a silicone loaf pan (which I prefer).
2) In your food processor, add chickpeas and pulse until smooth. Add peanut butter, salt, brown sugar, applesauce, ground flaxseed and pulse again until well combined. Scrape down the sides. Add baking powder and baking soda and pulse again until combined.
3) Spread into the baking pan and sprinkle a handful of chocolate chips on top, slightly pressing them down. (You can mix in more chocolate chips if desired. I only sprinkled the top to make these healthier).
4) Bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool before cutting into squares.
Recipe by collecting memories