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
    delicious!!! Can I double the recipe and use the same pan and bake for same amount of time? Also do you have any other recipes that don’t have any refined sugar?