Chickpea Blondies Recipe (2024)

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Published on 09/16/2023 - Last updated on 03/15/2024

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These Chickpea Blondies with peanut butter are healthy, fudgy, vegan blondies with chocolate chips.

It’s a delicious healthy vegan protein dessert or snack ready in 30 minutes!

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Vegan Blondies are similar to vegan brownies. Well, except for the color, hence their name. Brownies are named for their chocolate color, the same is true for blondies.

They are blonde because of the lack of chocolate in their dough, replaced with vanilla.

Ingredients and Substitutions

This is the key to making blondies with canned chickpeas. All the other ingredients you need are pretty simple pantry staples:

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  • Canned Chickpeas – Canned chickpeas, also known as Garbanzo beans must be drained and towel-dried, to remove any excess water that could make the blondies too soft and fragile. If you love chickpeas, try my other chickpea recipes.
  • Maple Syrup – or any unrefined liquid sweetener of your choice, such as coconut nectar or rice malt syrup.
  • Peanut Butter –Find out how to pick vegan peanut butter.
  • Dark Chocolate Chips – or pieces of 70% dark chocolate. Most dark chocolates with more than 70% cocoa are vegan-friendly.

How To Make Chickpea Blondies

Chickpea blondies are fudgy healthy blondies bars made in 10 minutes in your food processor using canned chickpeas.

The trick to making a fudgy blondie with chickpea is to drain and towel-dry the chickpea first!

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  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). For a thin blondie, line an 8-inch x 8-inch brownie pan with parchment paper. For a thicker blondie, use a 6-inch x 6-inch pan. Set aside.
  2. Open the can of chickpeas, rinse, and drain them thoroughly. Then, use a clean towel to dry/rub the chickpeas, removing all the water or moisture. This is very important, as too much moisture will make the blondies fragile and dense.
  3. Place the chickpeas in the bowl of a food processor and add the peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, and salt (photo 1). Blend on high speed for 1 minute or until the mixture is smooth and no big lumps are left (photo 2).
  4. Add the almond flour and process again at high speed for 15-30 seconds, or until evenly blended (photo 3).
  5. Remove the food processor blade and stir in the chocolate chips. Set aside 3 tablespoons of the chocolate chips for sprinkling on top of the blondies before baking. This will prevent the blondies from becoming too brownie-like, as too many chocolate chips in the batter will melt and make the blondies too dense.
  6. Spread the blondie batter evenly into the prepared baking pan and sprinkle the reserved chocolate chips on top (photo 4).
  7. Bake the blondies for 20 to 30 minutes at 350°F (180°C) until the blondies are golden brown and crusty on top. The cooking time will vary depending on the size and depth of your baking pan. If your pan is wider, the blondies will cook faster. If your pan is smaller, the blondies will be thicker and may take longer than 30 minutes to set.
  8. To check if the blondies are done, insert a toothpick into the center. If the toothpick comes out clean with a few crumbs attached, the blondies are ready.
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  1. Let the blondies cool in the pan for 10 minutes to firm up. Do not skip this step, or the blondies will break.
  2. Once the blondies have cooled slightly, use a knife to gently loosen the sides and then lift the parchment paper to easily remove the blondies from the pan and transfer them to a cooling rack. Be careful, as the blondies will still be soft and fragile. If they are too soft or moist, let them cool for an additional 10 minutes before transferring them to the cooling rack. This will help to prevent the blondies from breaking.
  3. Let the blondies cool completely for at least 1 hour before slicing and serving. They may be fragile if sliced too soon.
  4. After 1 hour, you can optionally refrigerate the blondies for an additional hour. This will give them a fudgier texture and make them easier to slice.

Tip For Other Flour Types

This recipe is flourless, meaning there is no all-purpose flour used. Instead, the recipe uses almond flour, which is thin-blanched ground almonds.

Another option are oat flour that you can make at home by pulsing rolled oats into your blender for 30 seconds.

Allergy Swaps

While I love the combination of chickpea and peanut butter in this recipe, there is a nut-free option!

First, you can replace peanut butter with sunflower seed butter (be careful, as it might turn the batter slightly green).

Next, swap the almond flour with oat flour.

Finally, if you can eat almonds and you are only looking for a peanut-free option, replace peanut butter with any other nut butter, such as almond butter or cashew butter, and keep the almond flour.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long can I keep chickpea blondie?

They last easily 3 to 4 days in an airtight container. If you store them in the fridge, they can last for a week. While they dry up a little, they are still absolutely delicious.

Can I freeze chickpea blondies?

Yes, you can freeze chickpea blondies individually, in zip-lock bags, or in an airtight box.
If you are using a box, separate each blondie bar with a piece of parchment paper to prevent them from sticking together.
Defrost your chickpea blondie bars on the counter the day before or at least 3 hours before.

Do Chickpea Blondies Taste Like Chickpeas?

Not at all, they have a sweet, chocolatey taste and a very moist texture. It’s a delicious treat that everyone will love.

What is the difference between a brownies and a blondies?

Brownies are made with chocolate in the batter, giving them a brown color.
Blondies are made with no chocolate in the batter, so they keep the golden color of the flour and ingredients.

Why is the dessert called a blondie?

Blondies are called this way because of golden blonde color of the batter.

Are blondies supposed to be raw in the middle?

Blondies tend to remain moist and gooey in the middle and this remains true for chickpea blondies.
They’re not undercooked, just moist!

Are chickpea blondies good for you?

Chickpea Blondies are a healthier alternative to classic blondies. Chickpeas are rich in fiber, protein, iron, and vitamin.
They are a complete protein source, meaning that they contain all the essential amino acids.

How long to bake chickpea blondies?

Chickpea blondies should be cooked between 25 and 30 minutes.

More Healthy Vegan Dessert Recipes

If you love these healthy vegan blondie bars, you will probably love my vegan brownie recipes!

Vegan Brownie Recipe

Quinoa Brownies

Vegan Blondies

Black Bean Brownies

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Chickpea Blondie Recipe

A healthy chickpea peanut butter blondie recipe with chocolate chips, flourless, gluten-free, and vegan.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes mins

Cook Time: 25 minutes mins

Total Time: 35 minutes mins

Course: Dessert, Snack

Cuisine: American

Servings: 12 bars

Calories: 125 kcal

Author: Carine Claudepierre

4.90 from 587 votes


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  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a 8-inch x 8-inch brownie pan with parchment paper. You can also use a 6-inch x 6 inch pan for a thicker blondies. Set aside.

  • Open the can of chickpeas, rinse, drain and dry/rub the chickpeas in a clean towel to remove all the water or moisture. This is very important, or the blondies will be fragile and too moist.

  • Place the chickpea in the bowl of a food processor and add peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

  • Blend on high speed for 1 minute or until smooth, and no big lumps are left.

  • Add in almond flour and process again at high speed for 15-30 seconds to blend evenly.

  • Remove the food processor blade and stir in chocolate chips. I recommend keeping 3 tablespoons on the side and sprinkling them later on top of the blondies. This prevents adding too many chocolate chips in the batter that will melt and turn your blondies into brownies.

  • Spread the blondie batter evenly onto the prepared baking pan and sprinkle the chocolate chips you set aside on top.

  • Bake 20 – 30 minutes or until golden and crusty on top. If your pan is wider, it will cook way faster. On the other hand, if your pan is smaller, the blondies are thicker, and it may take more than 30 minutes to set. Always insert a pick in the center of the blondie to check baking. If it comes out clean with little crumbs, it is ready.

  • Cool 10 minutes in the pan to firm up the blondies. Don't skip this, or they will break. Then gently loosen the sides with a knife and lift the pieces of parchment paper to easily release the blondies from the pan and transfer it onto a cooling rack. Careful, the blondies will still be soft and fragile. If you feel it is too soft or moist, wait for 10 more minutes before transferring it onto the cooling rack. This prevents the blondies from breaking.

  • Cool for at least 1 hour before slicing into 1 bar, or they can be fragile. After 1 hour, you can pop the blondies in the fridge for 1 hour. It will add an extra fudgy texture and make it easier to slice.


  • Store up to 5 days in the fridge in an airtight container.


Nut-free option: Replace the peanut butter with sunflower seed butter and almond flour with oat flour.

Almond flour swap: Use the same amount of oat flour or all-purpose flour. Note that the blondies are fudgier with almond flour.

Maple syrup swap: Use the same amount of agave syrup, rice syrup, or date syrup.

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Serving: 1bar | Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 168mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Can you add vanilla protein powder to this?


    • The thing is, protein powder dry out cake batter. So if you add some, be aware that the texture might be crumblier or drier.


  2. Chickpea Blondies Recipe (18)
    Ngl these were super good, i used blueberries instead of choc chips since i dont have any but it turned out amazing! The chickpea flavor is very prominent tho. I personally like it but if u are looking to mask it, try a diff recipe. Its a unique taste and i love ittt


  3. Chickpea Blondies Recipe (19)
    so so delicious!


  4. Chickpea Blondies Recipe (20)
    My kids (and husband) love these! They’re great to pack in school lunches. Thank you!


  5. I’m thinking about making these for the holidays. I’m just wondering if they freeze OK?


    • Yes, they do!


  6. Chickpea Blondies Recipe (21)
    These are delicious! Happy to find a healthier and tasty dessert recipe. Thank you for sharing!


  7. Chickpea Blondies Recipe (22)
    These were amazing! Will they last the night is another question…


  8. Chickpea Blondies Recipe (23)
    These are SOOOO good!!! I have a tree nut and peanut allergy so I used oat flour and sun butter and baked in an 8” round pan for 25 mins. I honestly probably could have pulled it out sooner, as it was drier than it looks in the picture but I still loved it!! The flavor is so good and I love that there’s bo refined sugar or flour!


  9. Chickpea Blondies Recipe (24)
    These are truly so delicious! We make them all the time for dessert. I’m curious how you came up with the calorie count? Maybe it’s autogenerated but what i found what no where near that! Just thought I’d ask! Thanks 🙂


  10. I’m making it now for the third time. Love it!!



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How do I know if my blondies are cooked? ›

You can check the temperature with an oven thermometer and adjust the setting if needed. You may simply need to do a toothpick test to see if they are fully baked. A toothpick or knife inserted in the center of the pan should come out slightly moist, possibly with a few crumbs.

Why use chickpeas in baking? ›

Chickpea flour is one of the most nutritious gluten free flours out there and also one of the most versatile. It has a fine texture and nutty flavor that make it a hit for baked goods – it also works wonders as a binder in dishes that need a little bit of stability, like fritters or veggie burgers.

How to use chickpea flour? ›

Chickpea flour is used throughout the Mediterranean, the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa to make sweet and savory flatbreads, thicken soups and stews, and add richness to dumplings and cakes. It is the main ingredient in shiro wat, a hearty, spicy Ethiopian stew laced with tomatoes and onions.

Are blondies supposed to be gooey in the middle? ›

This could be personal preference, but I say YES! A good blondie should be chewy, gooey in the middle and firm around the edges.

Why are my blondies still raw in the middle? ›

The Key to Perfectly Baked Blondies: A METAL Pan!

We want to make sure the blondies cook through completely but remain soft and gooey in the center. Avoid glass or ceramic pans as those materials take longer to heat up and cook. This often leads to the center being undercooked by the time the edges start to dry out.

What's the difference between chickpeas and garbanzo beans? ›

The honest answer—there's no difference between chickpeas and garbanzo beans. They're just two (of many) different names for the same type of pulse. (Pulses are basically seeds of legume plants.) The word chickpea doesn't come from chickens at all—it's an evolution of the plant's Latin name, cicer arietinum.

Can you just eat canned chickpeas? ›

Canned chickpeas are pre-cooked chickpeas. You can eat canned chickpeas straight out of the can! (Just be sure to rinse them off before chowing down to wash out excess sodium) Otherwise, you can roast them or turn them into any number of delicious dishes, like these here.

Are canned chickpeas healthy? ›

Great news! Both canned and dried varieties of chickpeas are nutritious! When purchasing canned varieties, look for those labeled "no salt added" or "low in sodium." Overall, beans are budget-friendly, but dried can often be less expensive and also more flavorful than canned.

What do chickpeas replace in baking? ›

Chickpeas make a great replacement for eggs, meat, or even flour in many traditional Western dishes. It's no secret I'm a bit chickpea-crazy (have you seen the name of my blog?). I have developed many recipes using chickpeas as a plant-based protein source, from fresh chickpea grain bowls to cozy chickpea noodle soup.

Why do you add baking soda to chickpeas? ›

The chickpeas are sautéed with baking soda for a few minutes, before dumping in the water to simmer the chickpeas. The baking soda makes the water more alkaline, which softens the chickpeas more quickly by weakening their pectic bonds.

Is chickpea flour just ground chickpeas? ›

Chickpea Flour is stone ground from rich and hearty whole garbanzo beans. It's a good source of fiber and a popular ingredient for gluten free baking. Chickpeas (garbanzo beans) are one of the creamiest and tastiest of beans. Chickpea flour made from this delicious bean lends a sweet, rich flavor to baked goods.

How does chickpea flour affect baking? ›

But chickpea flour, Love explains, "is a naturally dense flour, and because of that denseness, and its innate binding tendencies, it lends baked goods a sturdy yet tender texture when mixed with other gluten-free flours. So, for quick breads, muffins, and cakes, it holds up extremely well."

What is the difference between chickpea and chickpea flour? ›

In any case, one version of chickpea is flour is made by grinding the chana dal into a fine powder. This is the version known as besan or gram flour. The other version is made by grinding up dried kabuli chickpeas, the common tan-colored ones, to make a flour. This is also called chickpea flour.

How do you get the bitter taste out of chickpea flour? ›

It is important to make sure the chickpea flour or gram is always well cooked before eating (both to get rid of the astringent aftertaste and to stop it giving you tummy ache - remember all legumes/pulses need to be well cooked!) and this also removes any bitter taste and gives you a nuttier flavour.

How do you tell if a Blondie is undercooked? ›

Brownies and Blondies

The key is not under-baking them too much or too little. The toothpick test should produce a few errant crumbs stuck to the tester but not a smooth smear of batter.

How do you tell if brownies are fully cooked? ›

To test for doneness with a toothpick, insert a toothpick into the center of the brownies and pull it back out. For fudgy brownies, you'll want to see some moist crumbs attached to the toothpick when you pull it back out. If it looks like it's covered in brownie batter, the brownies will need to bake a bit longer.

How can you check if a baked product is fully cooked? ›

If batter clings to the tester or skewer, the baked good needs more time in the oven. Fully baked, cakes, muffins, and quick breads will feel springy and resilient when the center is gently pressed with fingers. If an impression is left in the surface, the item is not done.

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