Flourless Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookie Dough Blondies (can be VF)

“When it’s all said and done you can walk instead of run, because no matter what you’ll never be alone…” — Compass, Lady Antebellum

Every once in a while, I actually take pride in being (sort of) healthy…

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookie Dough Blondies – Soft, moist, crumbly and perfect with the melted chocolate chips! A healthy alternative to buttery cookie dough heaven! Gluten free (gf) + flourless + can be made vegan (vf).

I’m sure a lot of you food bloggers can relate to me here when I say that sometimes, it gets to the point where we are having so much fun whipping up all things butter, cream, and super sweet…that our diets become seriously ‘unvaried’ and sorrowfully fruit/veggie-less (unless you happen to be baking a lot of carrot cakes or something apple-filled and pumpkin-y…)

I mean, after one week of hardcore recipe creation I actually begin to crave vegetables and realize that I haven’t sat down for anything proper for days straight. Taste testing our creations (a lot) can be pretty filling and so sometimes, we just don’t have the appetite for lunch or dinner.  Or maybe this is just me? Anyone who manages to squeeze in baking + blogging + cooking + life + their waistline needs to share their secret in the comments below!

Either way, it’s so refreshing to be able to have a tray filled with something light, wholesome, and nutritious that doesn’t leave you hanging in a continuous state of sugar coma… as lovely as that feeling after a successful bake can be). It’s also so great to have a tray of *what looks like cookie dough bars*… but are actually healthy, protein filled crack snacks (they’re addictive too). You basically have a legitimate reason for saving the entire tray for yourself 😉 And if anybody tries to tell you: no, then just use this no-more-words-needed hash-tag against them… #flourless. Oh yes.

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookie Dough Blondies – Soft, moist, crumbly and perfect with the melted chocolate chips! A healthy alternative to buttery cookie dough heaven! Gluten free (gf) + flourless + can be made vegan (vf).

Has anybody noticed how this post comes immediately after these Monster Cookie Dough Sandwich Cookies? It seemed appropriate 😉

Although these bars aren’t the same cookies that you grew up craving, they are cookie-like and cookie-enough to satisfy your chocolate chip addiction. Like this, you can actually eat a cookie or three for breakfast, since they won’t sit around heavily in the bottom of your stomach as you fight off *that* sugar headache for the next hour. They are like energy bars only sans the weird protein powders and sticky dates:

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookie Dough Blondies – Soft, moist, crumbly and perfect with the melted chocolate chips! A healthy alternative to buttery cookie dough heaven! Gluten free (gf) + flourless + can be made vegan (vf).

Top tip: make sure to cut yourself a square whilst they are still hot out of the oven. Sure, you might burn off the roof of your mouth but oh.my.god. The chocolate chips are all melty and the inside is still all gooey and brown-sugary style soft…and just…*melts*.

The recipe I’m going to give you is the recipe that I made myself, although this recipe can just be adapted in many, many ways. For example, if you can’t eat oats then just leave them out. (I mentioned in my last post how I’ve been craving nothing but oats recently and this is STILL going on…). The original recipes that I adapted from (here and here) actually didn’t call for any eggs, but I added egg anyway because why not. They turned out perfectly! I’m not sure how fluffy they would have been without the egg, but the egg definitely serves to make it moister and more cookie-like and let’s face it, all of the best cookies you’ve ever eaten have used eggs.  So if you’re vegan, then just omit the yolky stuff and make sure to use baking powder in addition to baking soda. Also, the banana wasn’t really necessary either. I just happened to have 2 neglected bananas that were so brown that they were threatening a fly invasion, so into the food processor they went. If you are one of those successful people who manages to eat every banana before they expire and don’t have any on hand: then just add an extra 1/2C of brown sugar, or 1/3 C honey – and keep doing your thing because you will go far in life.

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookie Dough Blondies – Soft, moist, crumbly and perfect with the melted chocolate chips! A healthy alternative to buttery cookie dough heaven! Gluten free (gf) + flourless + can be made vegan (vf).

The element of this recipe is ensuring that you have the can of chickpeas, the peanut butter, the sugar, and the baking soda – after this, you can just add whatever to them!

  • 1 x can of chickpeas – drained + rinsed
  • 1 x C oats
  • ¾ C peanut butter
  • ½ C brown sugar
  • 1/3 C honey
  • 2 medium bananas
  • 1 x C chocolate chips
  • 1 x tbsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 x egg

This has been my favourite recipe to write up – it’s SO SIMPLE. The steps don’t even need numbering. How ridiculous is this for steps? :

  1. Put everything except the egg into a food processor and blitz until smooth and cookie-dough like and delicious. When all is done, add the egg and mix with a spoon (not the blitzer).

Bake in a tray at 180*/350* for 20-25 minutes, and you are DONE!

They are the best thing since real cookie dough.

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookie Dough Blondies – Soft, moist, crumbly and perfect with the melted chocolate chips! A healthy alternative to buttery cookie dough heaven! Gluten free (gf) + flourless + can be made vegan (vf). Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookie Dough Blondies – Soft, moist, crumbly and perfect with the melted chocolate chips! A healthy alternative to buttery cookie dough heaven! Gluten free (gf) + flourless + can be made vegan (vf).

The quote at the top today is actually lyrics. I am currently obsessed with ‘Compass’ by Lady Antebellum. I have no idea why my playlist involves them on repeat every.single.autumn – but I’m not complaining! There must be something in the air.

Have a great week! x

  • http://seekingvictory.blogspot.com Nicole – Seeking Victory

    Wow, so clever. I’ve got a friend with coeliac visiting soon, I’m going to crack these out with maybe some quinoa flakes or something gluten free instead of the oats. Brill.

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Thanks Nicole! If you can’t use oats, either find oats that are guaranteed to be GF, or have a look at the recipes I adapted from (in the text) which didn’t call for oats at all :) <3

  • http://www.cearaskitchen.com Ceara @ Ceara’s Kitchen

    I love making cookie dough everything with chickpeas and these look all kinds of amazing! Ooeey goeey on the middle and a nice crispy outside!!! I cannot wait to give these a try! :) Pinned!

    And I hear you on ‘craving’ veggies and greens after cooking baked goods so often haha! I feel up on veggies for lunch in between all the dessert testing to even it all out 😉

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Haha yay so glad to know I’m not alone! Balance can b so tough at times! Definitely ooey gooey in the middle – there is simply no other way, right?! 😉

  • http://mirandasnotebook.com/ Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    I did a double take when I saw ‘chickpea’ in the title, but these do actually sound pretty tasty! I’ll have to give them a try. I know just what you mean – I’ve been giving away so much of my baking because I’m scared I’ll just eat it all! Food blogging isn’t always easy on the waistline!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Hahaha! I feel ya! Although I love what I make, I still get so hesitant when it comes to giving it away in case people think there’s something wrong with it and secretly despise me for inflicting it all on them – but this is totally irrational right?! With that said, it’s great being surrounded by people who also love to eat :) <3

  • http://www.waterloowithlove.com/ Nicole @ Waterloo, with Love

    SUCH a talented baker, you are! cookies that are secretly super healthy…. yes please! :) Actually, yes please to all cookies, but this one especially! Will definitely need to give this a try! (Loving the use of chickpeas in this recipe)

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      You are lovely Nicole! They are so healthy that they really shouldn’t even be called cookies! But cookies are fun, so… :)

  • http://simplysouthernstacie.org Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    I love that you can actually see the gooey middle of these – that’s how you know a baked good will be good! I’m obsessed with Lady A pretty much all year round. They were actually in concert here last night. On a Monday night though? Who has time for that? lol

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Oh my goodness you are SO lucky!! I would have exploded with excitement if they were within such a small radius of me! But aaah no…Monday night isn’t the most ideal of evenings :( What’s your fav song? :)

  • http://lifemadesweeter.com Kelly – Life Made Sweeter

    These bars look incredible! Love that you made them with chickpeas and I am obsessed with that gooey middle. And they’re healthy too? I’ll take the whole batch please :)

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Only in exchange for your Frosted Caramel Pumpkin Oreo Blondies. I swear, I would give my whole batch of these for just one bite of those, Kelly!

  • http://www.inspirationkitchen.com Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    Tash, these look so moist! It makes me want to sink my teeth into them! And, I love that you used the word “blitz” in the recipe – extra points for that! Hahaha!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Haha thanks Kristi! I kinda hesitated to put anything else, blitz just fits the bill so well! 😉

  • http://www.pumpkinnspice.com Gayle @ Pumpkin ‘N Spice

    I totally know what you mean, Tash! I feel like I focus more on baking than cooking, so I often crave more savory or healthy dishes! I’m so amazed by these blondies! They look absolutely incredible.I love using chickpeas in salads or roasting them, but I never thought to use them in a dessert. What a wonderful idea. Pinned!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Thanks for the pin Gayle :) there are definitely two types of personalities…B vs S…Baking vs. Savory 😉 We are a community of the former so we can all empathize I’m sure! <3

  • http://whatjessicabakednext.wordpress.com/ Jess @ whatjessicabakednext

    Love these, they look seriously moreish! The gooey middle is amazing!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Thanks Jess! I’m not quite sure if they beat your skillet cookie though 😉

  • http://www.hungryhealthyhappy.com Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I have never had much luck using chick peas in desserts, but I am going to give your recipe a try. Hopefully it will turn out better than my other attempts.

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Aw that’s a shame Dannii! Did you use egg on the last attempts? Usually chickpeas are part of vegan recipes that don’t use eggs, but I kinda cheated and broke the rules here which I reckon is why they turned out so well :s

  • http://bakeeatrepeat.ca Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    Chick peas in cookies? Crazy! I love it when you can healthify junk food, so awesome to not feel guilty while eating too many cookies! These look great!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Yeeeeeess Stacey! Haha thank you!

  • http://evaetsandra.com Eva

    I love the song and your cookies looks amazing 😉

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Yay thanks Eva x

  • http://aisybee.com Aisling

    I know all too well that feeling of “I should probably eat something healthy…” The other day I chopped up a bunch of broccoli to put in a lasagna because I definitely felt guilty! I’m a bit scared of the chickpeas in this recipe, but as someone with coeliac I am always on the lookout for recipes that can work with my restricted diet! :)

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Definitely consider taking out the oats if you can’t use them in this :) Don’t be scared of the chickpeas, they have quite a lot of substance to them and work out really well – I was sceptical too! :) And haha hi5 right there! Broccoli can give you cravings too.

  • http://www.livewellbakeoften.com Danielle

    There are weeks when I make recipes for the blog that leave me craving healthier foods too. These look delicious, love that they’re flour less too!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Nice to know I’m not alone! Thanks Danielle 😀

  • http://www.savorthebaking.blogspot.com Chineka @ Savor The Baking

    lol.. You are so right. There has to be a balance between all of the sugary/baked goods that we eat and healthy living. My tip is to drink lots of water. Lovely photos and great/healthy recipe.

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Thanks Chineka! Yup I so agree with you, it’s easy to get carried away! The water is a seriously good idea too, I always forget to drink. Thanks for the lovely comment <3

  • http://www.primaverakitchen.com Olivia – Primavera Kitchen

    I always bake with chickpeas and I love it. Your cookie dough recipe looks awesome!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Thanks Olivia, they are such a great baking hack!

  • http://www.tworaspberries.com Michele @ Two Raspberries

    no flour and the center looks this good? girl you do some amazing things in the kitchen! the center of this looks out-of-this-world de-lish!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Michele you are far too sweet for your own good! It’s hard to believe there is no flour – I was super happy with the final result but nope – none! :) <3

  • http://www.susannahzabelle.com Susannah

    I am hungry just looking at them! Must try this recipe.

    Susannah xxxx

    http://www.susannahzabelle.com

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      The best thing about them is that even though they are super filling, they are perfectly light so don’t weigh you down :) Definitely try and let me know how they turn out Susannah, thanks for stopping by :) <3

  • http://www.ciaochowbambina.com annie@ciaochowbambina

    I can’t wait to try these…they will definitely make more than one appearance in our house as we march through the holidays and enjoy all those extra cookies! It’s all about balance!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      They would make such a great holiday treat Annie! I agree :) <3

  • http://theblondechef.com The Blonde Chef

    I hear you 100% on the “less than varied” diet deal. Let’s just say I’m supposed to be cutting back for a wedding I’m in next month, and I’ve been eating nothing but baked breads and sweets. Whoops! But I love this healthy version of chocolate blondies. Yum!

  • http://www.playingwithflour.com Monica

    Very smart! I love chickpeas but never baked with it…I can totally see how it’d work really well. Kudos for coming up with such a decadent-looking treat. I would definitely risk burning my mouth for a big square right from the oven. :)

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Thanks Monica!! Definitely have a go! If there’s one thing I’ve learnt, it’s that you don’t need to be afraid of using chickpeas for baking! If the batter seems reasonably thick + you use something or other to bind everything, it will be fine :) There’s only one way to find out after all 😀

  • http://skinnedcartree.com Corinne

    Mmmmm, warm backed goods! They’re ALWAYS so much better straight out of the oven, right? Even if it burns.

    I’m a bakery manager and we had some new mince pie cookies for Christmas yesterday and as soon as they came out of the oven I was straight in there. Nom!

    Corinne x

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Oh my goodness me I WANT TO BE THERE! They sound amazing, make a post about them! And yesss straight out the oven is always best, but why do you say that…you mean to say that people eat cookies cold?!?! 😮

      😉

  • http://www.vanillaandbean.com Traci | Vanilla And Bean

    Good grief, Tash! What can one not make out of chick peas!? I am forever amazed by them… not only their versatility, but their nutritional value and fill factor! Love them! And what a creative recipe you have here! Beautiful!! You are so right about testing and tasting, testing and tasting… Especially when one is in production mode. Sometimes after testing a recipe for the THIRD time, I just leave it for a few weeks…. or maybe till next year!? Good thing you developed these delicious cookies! Else you would have had to eat more of your monster cookies! LOL. Thanks Tash!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Ugh I hate the prolonged disincentive that comes with a failed recipe too…Thanks so much! I love your enthusiasm Traci <3 And chickpeas are the best! I just cracked open a can and thought to myself..."Hm. I reckon I could practically live off of chickpeas and sea salt". They really are versatile and so yummy + filling even by themselves, their cookie-doughability is just an extra advantage 😀 Hope you're well!! <3

  • http://www.sartorialdiner.com Stephanie

    Gosh, these look so moist and delicious! I’d love to have a bite into one of them.

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Come over there’s plenty!! :)

  • http://musicalpoem.me Manda | musicalpoem

    Dang! I love chickpeas and blondies and this recipe combines both, haha. I’ll have to try making these! I’ve been thinking about baking something to bring into the office — perhaps this will be the recipe!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Aw that’s great Manda! Yes definitely try, everyone will love them and won’t need to worry about stealing a second helping either!! :)

  • http://fit-radiance.com Louise@FitRadiance

    I love using chickpeas in baking! My fiancé isn’t so keen though 😉 These look delicious, and super addictive haha.

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      He’s missing out! Try and get him hooked as well haha!

  • http://wildheartsandgreentea.blogspot.com Wild Hearts + Green Tea

    Oh, sounds so GOOD. And I really like that the ingredients are a little different than what you’re used to!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Thanks! A change is always good every now and again! :)

  • http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com Joanne

    I definitely need some sweet treats in my life that are a little less indulgent, and these fit the bill! I can’t believe they’re made from chickpeas…they look so fudgy!!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      They really are Joanne! You have to try to believe it :) x

  • http://chezcateylou.com Cate @ Chez CateyLou

    I hear you on the sweets overload at times! I love this healthier take on blondies – they look so gooey and delicious!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Thanks Cate!! It seems like loads of people have the same issue, this is a god escape!

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