Healthy Peanut Butter Blondies (Chickpea Blondies)

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These healthy peanut butter blondies are gluten-free, dairy-free, refined-sugar free and vegan friendly! Made with chickpeas but you’d never know it! A delicious healthy dessert recipe.

a stack of three healthy peanut butter chickpea blondies with melty chocolate fresh from the oven


These healthy peanut butter blondies are one of my all-time favorite dessert recipes that I’ve been baking for 15 years!

I have this habit that I can’t don’t want to kick, of sitting down and having a legit dessert every night after dinner. However, I would like to live past 45, so I love making treats that taste indulgent but are actually good for you, like these chickpea blondies. One of my favorite ways to achieve this goal is by using beans in place of flour in baked goods.

5 chickpea blondies with chocolate chips around them

Chickpea Blondies?

These healthy peanut butter blondies use chickpeas instead of flour and peanut butter in place of butter or oil. I know what you’re thinking, do they really taste good? Yes, I promise you that they do!

I really love the combination of honey and coconut sugar as the sweetener, and the addition of 1 tablespoon of almond milk really made the texture perfect. This recipe ended my search for a delicious, healthy, peanut butter cookie that’s high in protein and fiber.

These healthy peanut butter blondies are also vegan-friendly (no eggs)! So you can eat the batter too. I love adding a touch of sea salt to the top of these before baking them, you can’t go wrong with sweet and salty!

5 chickpea blondies with chocolate chips around them

How to Make Chickpea Blondies 

This vegan blondies recipe is easy to make. Just put all the ingredients (except the chocolate chips) into the container of your Vitamix (or other high-powered blender or food processor) and blend.

It takes 5 minutes to put together and 30 minutes to bake. Which means that you can have a delicious dessert ready to go in no time.

Room temperature. One thing to note is that these blondies blend the easiest when all the ingredients are at room temperature.

If you’re using a solid peanut butter, I recommend melting it a touch before putting it in your blender. Rinse the chickpeas with warm water, and let the almond milk warm up a bit at room temperature too.

six overhead photos of the step-by-step process in making these chickpea blondies in the blender

Store/freeze

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 2 months. Reheat in the microwave or oven or enjoy them cold (they are delicious cold too).

Reipe FAQs

Can I double this recipe?

Yes, double it and bake it in a 9×13″ pan.

Do I have to use chocolate chips?

No, you can omit the chocolate chips or use a different add -in like dried fruit, nuts, etc.

a stack of three healthy peanut butter chickpea blondies with melty chocolate fresh from the oven

Healthy Peanut Butter Blondies: Substitutions 

I recommend making this recipe exactly as written. However, if you must, here are a few possible substitutions!

  • Chickpeas. Great Northern Beans (white beans, Cannellini beans) also work well in this recipe! However, chickpeas (garbanzo beans} are my favorites!
  • Peanut butter. Any nut or seed butter works well in place of peanut butter.
  • Honey. Use pure maple syrup for a vegan variety.
  • Coconut sugar. Any granulated sugar works well in this recipe. I prefer coconut sugar because it is unrefined.
  • Almond milk. Any non-dairy or regular dairy-full milk can be used in this recipe. I have also used non-dairy creamer.
5 chickpea blondies with chocolate chips around them

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Healthy Peanut Butter Blondies (Chickpea Blondies)

Laura
These healthy peanut butter blondies are gluten-free, dairy-free, refined-sugar free and vegan friendly! Made with chickpeas but you’d never know it! A delicious healthy dessert recipe.
4.96 from 95 votes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 9 blondies
Calories 193
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8″ or 9″ glass baking pan and set aside.
  • Put all ingredients except for chocolate chips into your blender (Vitamix) or food processor. I highly recommend a great blender like the Vitamix so you get a perfectly smooth consistency.
  • Blend until creamy and smooth.
  • Once smooth, add chocolate chips and mix by hand.
  • Pour mixture into your prepared pan and spread out evenly.
  • Sprinkle a few more chocolate chips and sea salt on top.
  • Bake in your preheated oven for 20-30 mintues until the edges just pull away from the pan, the top is set and slightly golden brown.
  • Let cool for at least 15 minutes, then enjoy!
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can eat them cold or warm in the microwave for 15 seconds to regain the fresh-from-the-oven deliciousness!

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Notes

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Chickpeas. Great Northern Beans (white beans, Cannellini beans) also work well in this recipe! However, chickpeas (garbanzo beans} are my favorites!
  • Peanut butter. Any nut or seed butter works well in place of peanut butter.
  • Honey. Use pure maple syrup for a vegan variety.
  • Coconut sugar. Any granulated sugar works well in this recipe. I prefer coconut sugar because it is unrefined.
  • Almond milk. Any non-dairy or regular dairy-full milk can be used in this recipe. I have also used non-dairy creamer.

Store/freeze

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 2 months. Reheat in the microwave or oven or enjoy them cold (they are delicious cold too).

Nutrition

Serving: 1blondie | Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 24.9g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1.9g | Fiber: 2.6g | Sugar: 14.2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Front view of a stack of three healthy peanut butter blondies made with chickpeas on a wooden surface

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  1. 5 stars
    These were amazing! I used a food processor and had stray bits of chickpea that weren’t fully blended, but they were still delicious. I am still in shock at how good they are! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hey Katie! I’m so glad you love them as much as we do! I suggest using a high-powered blender for the best texture!

  2. 4 stars
    I make these in my nutribullet and I did have trouble blending everything. If i were to make again, I would blend the chickpeas first. We ended up having to go in with a fork to smooth out any remaining chickpeas.

    While I am crazy about the black bean brownies, I thought these were good, but nothing to write home about. My boyfriend remarked that they tasted “healthy.” Lol. That said we both kept returning to the pan for another piece. Long story short – I enjoyed them but would be interested in trying another recipe to compare.

  3. 5 stars
    I went low-cal a few months ago and was searching for a low-cal dessert to satisfy my sweet tooth. I stumbled across this recipe, hesitant of the chickpeas, and ended up eating the entire pan in two days. Warning: DANGEROUSLY DELICIOUS, AND ADDICTING!

  4. LOVE this recipe!!! So good! My boyfriend is allergic to peanut butter though. Recon I could make this with a different nut butter?

  5. 5 stars
    These are DANG good. I’m not one to shy away from chickpea desserts, but this is by far the best I’ve had. YUM!

  6. 5 stars
    I have no idea if these taste better all the way cooled because my family devoured them before they cooled 🤣. This is the first time I’ve liked a dessert made with chickpeas!

  7. I used lakanto monkfruit sugar, lakanto maple syrup and Lily sugar free chocolate chips. Before it was baked I was hesitant to taste it due to the knowledge it was garbanzo beans… but it was yummy, like cookie dough. After baking, I wasn’t sure about how it tasted, but it actually grew on me after a few bites and find it a good alternative to dessert. I still think I liked it better unbaked. I’m looking forward to trying your other recipes.

  8. I replaced the almond milk with the liquid in the chickpea can and was happy with the results. Since only 1 TBS is required, I’m guessing the almond milk is for consistency more than flavor .

  9. 5 stars
    These are amazing! If I hadn’t made them myself, I’d never know that the base was chickpeas. They are very soft, so just expect that they are warm, gooey, delicious treats. I tricked my kids into eating “dessert” for dinner!