I found this recipe a few days ago on Pintrest and decided to try them in anticipation of Mardi Gras. This one was husband-approved (even AFTER he learned there were chickpeas in it although I will admit I made him try them before I told him what was in it). I love the ooey-gooey consistency of the bars and they are really sweet due to the honey and coconut sugar (yes, I even tried a new sugar for this one…) along with the chocolate chips. Add some banana ice cream and you have one not-quite-so-fattening Fat Tuesday treat! The recipe and picture come from http://joyfoodsunshine.com/healthy-peanut-butter-blondies/
Here’s how to make them:
1 – 15 oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1/4 coconut sugar (you could probably use regular sugar just as easily but the coconut sugar wasn’t hard to find and worked well)
1 tbsp. milk (the recipe calls for almond milk, I used 1% cow’s milk)
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup chocolate chips (plus a few more for on top)
- Preheat oven to 350 degF and grease an 8×8 baking dish.
- Add all ingredients except chocolate chips to food processor and mix until smooth.
- Add chocolate chips and mix by hand.
- Spread into prepared baking dish.
- Sprinkle a few chocolate chips over the top (and sea salt if you would like).
- Bake for 20-30 minutes, until top is set and golden brown and edges have just started to pull away from pan.
- Let cool for 15 minutes and then serve.
I’m thinking the addition of some walnuts or pecans would add a nice touch as well. I also plan at some point try the above recipe with chopped nuts in place of the chocolate chips, I’m thinking it will have a butter-pecan kind of flavor and would be good for those who don’t like or can’t have chocolate.