Plant-based Blondies (not brownies;) ~recipe included~
Updated: Feb 19, 2019
Finally got to making these, and were they ever great. Who'd have thought these were full of chickpeas? Indeed they are, and no one will ever really notice. ;)
Forewarning: these might not last very long, and you might want to do a double batch.
Did I mention? They're free of wheat, dairy, and refined sugars, and yet still full of flavor, gooeyness, chocolate...all the good stuff ;) This recipe comes from Monique at Ambitious Kitchen- many thanks!
1 can (400ml) chickpeas, rinsed (keep that aquafaba/beany water for meringues/mayo).
1/2 cup your choice of nut butter (I used peanut)
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup chocolate chips/chunks*
Coarse sea salt, for sprinkling
*I prefer chopping up chocolate bars for different chocolate shapes and sizes. For this I used 70% dark chocolate & more than the recipe called for ~ 60g.
Preheat oven to 175C.
Grease a pan of choice- 6-8" (not a huge amount of batter).
Throw everything into a blender, aside from chocolate, & blitz until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and fold in chocolate chunks/chips.
As Monique rightly says, you can stop here, and just eat as is - divine, or carry on with the intended baking ;) :
Pop the mixture into your greased pan, straight into the oven, bake for 20-25 mins.
Allow to cool at least a few minutes, and do share ;)
Et voila- c'est tout!
PS: Would be fabulous a la mode, with a simple banana ice cream (which I did make with the school-kids recently, which they did totally love. Will blog that soon too).
I know, it totally looks like a ginormous chocolate chunk cookie..So let it be ;)