Flourless Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies

A healthy, flour-free, protein-packed dessert sweetened with maple syrup and sprinkled with chocolate chips. Eat these bars knowing you're doing a good deed for your body and health...and taste buds...

Flourless Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies

makes one 8x8 pan

-1 can (15 oz) chickpeas

-1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
-1/3 cup pure maple syrup
-1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
-1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt + a dash for sprinkling on top
-1/4 teaspoon baking soda
-1/4 teaspoon baking powder
-1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar 
-1/2 cup chocolate chips + 2 Tablespoons for sprinkling on top

1. Preheat oven to 350F and spray 8x8" pan with non stick spray (or line with parchment paper).

2. Thoroughly rinse and drain chickpeas.
3. Place chickpeas, peanut butter and maple syrup in food processor, process until smooth.
4. Add vanilla, sea salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cream of tartar, process.
5. Fold in 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
6. Spread batter into prepared pan.
7. Sprinkle remaining 2 Tablespoons of chocolate chips and dash of coarse sea salt on top.
8. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until edges turn golden and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Batter may look underdone, do not over-bake!

adapted from this recipe by Ambitious Kitchen
optional substitutions...
-chickpeas: other white beans will do
-peanut butter: any other nut or seed butter
-maple syrup: raw honey

Mangia! Mangia!