I usually like to have the kids help me cook, but I was anxious to get these blonde brownies in the oven before the kids came inside from playing. The hidden ingredient, also the number one ingredient, was chickpeas and I wasn’t going to tell them about it!
Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are among the healthiest legumes you can eat. They are an incredible source of fiber- the kind your body can use easily. This type of fiber helps with digestion which improves absorption of nutrients, and also stabilizes blood sugar. Imagine a snack that fills you up, boosts your health, and tastes like a brownie…the recipe is below. These brownies work because the chickpeas have a nutty taste and buttery feel. After I made them we ate the whole batch in one night.
Let me know if you can trick your kids too.
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained (look for BPA free can)
½ cup almond butter (ok to substitute PB)
1/3 cup maple syrup (agave or honey would work too)
2 teaspoons vanilla (not a typo. Remember chickpeas don’t have much taste)
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
Chocolate chips, somewhere between ¼-1/2 cup
1. Turn the oven to 350 degrees and spray a pan. The recipe above will fill a 8×8 pan.
2. Put everything on the ingredient list except for the chocolate chips in a food processor. It will make a rich, thick batter.
3. Spread the batter in your pan and shake the chocolate chips on top. Use a spoon to press them down a little.
4. Bake for 20-25 minutes. They are ready when the edges are just starting to brown. Just like traditional brownies it is ok if that center piece is still a little gooey.