It seems to be a common occurrence around here that I crave something sweet on a monthly basis. I admit, i haven’t been eating so clean over the last 6 months, and hence the lack of posts here. BIg life changes can do that to you. I have since moved up to New Hampshire and taken a new job, among other changes. All this whirlwind and my ability to stick to clean eating has waned. But i am determined to get back on the wagon, and joining a CSA at Stout Oak Farm has been the first step!
So back to the issue at hand, a sweet treat that the whole family could enjoy! I came across this photo on Pinterest and they just looked so ooey gooey delicious! The recipe and photos here are from the Ambitious Kitchen, and I highly recommend checking out the other amazing recipes she has! Happens to be that they pack a nutritious punch too, with chickpeas, organic nut butter and maple syrup. With some tweaking you could have these treats be anything – organic, gluten free, vegan…. just depends on the specific ingredients you buy!
The batter alone was satisfying, i could have eated just that! But i continued on to bake these delicious treats and oh man, right out of the oven they were amazing. Everyone in the house from 5 years old to 37 years old was very happy indeed and nobody knew they were healthy, gluten free or vegan! (I am secretly converting everyone to vegetarians shhhhh). Anyway, i put the leftovers in the refrigerator, i wasn’t sure exactly how to store them, and they were still pretty good. I do recommend heating them up for 15 seconds in the microwave, they taste better that way!
What you need:
- Oil (peanut, olive, canola et.)
- 15 oz. Garbanzo Beans (otherwise known as chickpeas) drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup all natural and organic nut butter (i used peanut butter because it was less expensive, but i would like to try it next time with my favorite almond butter, Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter)
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup (agave works well and ig you dont care about being vegan honey is another alternative)
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips or carob chips (honestly, i’m not trying to be vegan, i just used organic chocolate chips)
What you do:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Grease an 8×8 pan with your chosen cooking oil
- Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor (i guess you could use blender or food mill if you didn’t have a food processor) and process until smooth.
- Fold in the chocolate chips
- Spread batter evenly in prepared pan (wiping the spatula with some more cooking oil will help with the sticking)
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and edges are a tiny bit brown. Its ok if it looks underdone, no eggs = no salmonella, and they are gooey!
- Cool pan for 20 minutes (you can also sprinkle with sea salt for a little extra oomph!)
- Cut into squares – should makes 16 blondies, but i cut mine a little bigger 🙂