Peanut Butter Blondies

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)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degF and grease an 8×8 baking dish.
  2. Add all ingredients except chocolate chips to food processor and mix until smooth.
  3. Add chocolate chips and mix by hand.
  4. Spread into prepared baking dish.
  5. Sprinkle a few chocolate chips over the top (and sea salt if you would like).
  6. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until top is set and golden brown and edges have just started to pull away from pan.
  7. 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.

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