Healthy Guilt-Free Blondies (Gluten Free)
And, I'm talking about dessert. But more specifically, I’m talking about Blondies.
Blondies are often called brownies without chocolate which I find silly. They are a dessert with their own unique deliciousness and personality. Chewy, rich, and flavorful blondies, when made right, are an indulgent dessert that are hard to resist, and so worth every bite.
I recently came across a healthy Blondie recipe on my friend's instagram feed and knew I had to make these bad boys! My recipe is adapted from Ambitious Kitchen's recipe.
There is a secret ingredient that makes these super duper healthy, packed with protein and fiber. There aren’t any weird ingredients either. So, what is the secret ingredient? Chickpeas!
Sounds odd, but trust me on this. They are delicious!
What You'll Need
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 cups chickpeas/garbanzo beans (or 1 can, rinsed and drained)
1/2 cup all natural peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1 tablespoon stevia*
1/4 cup water
sea salt, for sprinkling
What You'll Need To Know
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and coat 8x8 inch pan** with coconut oil or a nonstick cooking spray.
In a food processor, add all ingredients except chocolate chips and process until batter is smooth.
Fold in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips, I like to use dark chocolate because it has less sugar but it's up to you.
Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and edges are a tiny bit brown. The batter may look underdone, but you don't want them to dry out.
Cool pan for 20 minutes on wire rack.
Sprinkle with sea salt then cut into squares.
* I opted to use stevia, but if you can also use 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or honey
** I used a 9x9 pan