This Banana Chocolate Chip Blondie recipe is vegan, gluten free, and it makes an incredible healthy dessert!
I’m sitting at my computer, wishing I was eating these Banana Chocolate Chip Blondies instead of writing about them. Sometimes, friends, the words don’t come. Would you like to hear what my brain is thinking as I try to come up with a clever and interesting description for this blondie recipe?
Okay, here it is—->
This [email protected] is bananas…B-A-N-A-N-A-S
Yep. On repeat.
That leads me into the interesting part about this blondie recipe, though. Some people might read the recipe and actually think that it’s bananas. As in crazy. Not normal.
Because, you see, I threw a can of chickpeas in the blondies. Just threw it in there and prayed it wouldn’t taste like beans.
Spoiler alert: these blondies taste nothing like beans! But they do taste like bananas. In the best possible way.
Add some chocolate chippers in there, and you’ve got yourself a tasty little healthy dessert on your hands. And in yo’ mouth.
So about the chickpeas. I pinky promise you won’t even know they’re there. And they add a good amount of fiber, folate, iron, copper, and protein to your blondie recipe.
I first tried to make these with chickpeas as the “flour” and added no extra flour or grains. That batch turned out well in taste, but they were just too wet in texture. I added in a cup of rolled oats and it fixed it.
The resulting texture was gooey, but not wet, which everyone loved.
These certainly aren’t traditional blondies, but it seemed to be the most appropriate name for these healthy treats. They are sweetened with maple syrup, which gives them a flavor reminiscent of the brown sugar flavor that is predominant in a more traditional blondie recipe.
As long as you use certified gluten-free oats, this is a vegan and gluten-free dessert.
This is also an easy, one-bowl kinda recipe. I think you’re going to love this one! Please let me know if you try it.Print
Banana Chocolate Chip Blondie Recipe (Vegan & Gluten Free)
While not a traditional blondie recipe, this healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Blondie version is vegan, gluten free, and nicely flavored.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 35 minutes
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 16 bars
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats (certified GF if necessary)
- 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed well
- 3 bananas
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup apple sauce
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (this brand is vegan )*
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 X 9 inch baking pan with parchment paper so it is hanging over the sides or line with foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a food processor, process the oats until they are a fine crumb. Add the chickpeas and process until they are very smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the chocolate chips, and process until everything is well combined. Take out the blade of the food processor and stir in the 1/4 cup of the chocolate chips.
- Transfer the batter to the prepared baking dish and sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips on top.
- Bake in the preheated oven until the top is set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 35-40 minutes.
- Allow to cool on a baking rack before slicing into squares. Enjoy!
- Serving Size: 1 bar
- Calories: 131
- Sugar: 14 grams
- Fat: 2.6 grams
- Carbohydrates: 25 grams
- Protein: 2.8 grams
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