Flourless Chocolate Chip Blondies

flourless chocolate chip blondies

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:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Grease an 8×8 pan with your chosen cooking oil
  3. 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.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips
  5. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan (wiping the spatula with some more cooking oil will help with the sticking)
  6. 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!
  7. Cool pan for 20 minutes (you can also sprinkle with sea salt for a little extra oomph!)
  8. Cut into squares – should makes 16 blondies, but i cut mine a little bigger 🙂

Recipe and Photos from The Ambitious Kitchen

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