We've seen these bean-filled blondies trending on social media for a while and, with some inspiration from The Kitchn, we finally decided to grab some chickpeas and give them a go.
We opted for coconut oil in lieu of butter and carob chips instead of regular chocolate chips to make our bars vegan, but you don't have to. While we're not vegan, we have friends who are, and we like to share the baked-good love with them.
These blonde brownies could not be easier to make. Essentially, most of the ingredients get thrown into the food processor, some flour and the chips are added, then the bars are popped in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes. What emerges is a gooey, moist, protein- and nutrient-packed treat that tastes unbelievable.
You can catch us chewing on them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert.
Preheat your oven to 350°F and get ready to embark on your vegan baking extravaganza.
Separate the chickpeas from the liquid and place them in a food processor. Reserve 3 tablespoons of the liquid (otherwise known as aquafaba) for later. One of the main reasons this recipe works so well is because the chickpea liquid actually acts as an egg replacement. So, tempted though you may be, do not rinse the chickpeas and do not throw out that liquid!
Add the coconut oil, brown sugar, salt, baking soda, and vanilla extract to your chickpeas in the food processor. Process until the chickpeas are smooth and the entire mixture is combined. It will still be a bit grainy, but that's okay.
Remove the mixture from the food processor and place into a large bowl, then gently mix in the flour and the carob chips.
Coat your baking dish with coconut oil, and smooth the batter into it. You want a nice even surface so that your blondies come out looking beautiful.
Put your blondies in your preheated 350ºF oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Once removed, allow them to cool a bit before cutting and diving in.
Vegan blondies are simple to create, protein-packed, and nutritious without compromising that iconic chew and characteristic cookie-like texture we do so love. May your venture into the world of vegan blondies be a fulfilling one!
Have you branched into the realm of vegan baking? If so, share your favorite treats with us in the comments below!