Okay, so I joined the chickpea craze…
Actually, I’ve been on the chickpea craze for a while now…chickpea pasta, chickpea pizza crust, roasted chickpeas, chickpea curry…lot’s of savory chickpea dishes!
I have seen many people make “chickpea blondies”–a healthified, fiber filled dessert…so I decided to make my own version of chickpea blondies + dark cocoa powder…so essentially making brownies!
According to the USDA food composition database, 1/2 cup of garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas) contains ~135 calories with ~7 grams protein and is a good source of fiber (~6 grams per 1/2 cup, aids in digestion), phosphorus (works with calcium to build bones + teeth), potassium (regulate fluid balance, muscle contractions+nerve signals), folate (forms red blood cells in bone marrow + prevents neural tube defects), and vitamin K (aids in blood clotting).
I promised you all some sugar free + artificial sweetener free dessert recipes–here is one! If you haven’t read “The Sugar Debate” blog yet, take a look before making these brownies! It’ll give you perspective on why we should limit our added sugar intake.
These brownies are sugar FREE, artificial sweetener FREE, vegan, and nutrient dense. Using smashed banana + dates as the main source of natural sweetener + stevia sweetened chocolate chips, you won’t miss the added sugars! Full FREE printable recipe down below. Share with your friends and be sure to tag @livebetterwithkatdetter in your creations!
- 1 (15 ounce) can of Garbanzo Beans (chickpeas)
- 10 pitted dates
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 3 T cocoa powder, dark chocolate
- 1/2 cup almond butter, unsweetened (or nut butter of choice, almond butter is a neutral flavor)
- 3 T almond milk, unsweetened
- 1/4 cup stevia sweetened chocolate chips + 2-3 T to sprinkle on top 🙂
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- In a high powered blender, add chickpeas, dates, banana, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder, almond/nut butter and almond milk and blend until smooth. *NOTE: add more almond milk as needed to blend mixture; batter will be thick
- Pour batter into a mixing bowl and add 1/4 cup of chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into a lightly greased baking dish and top with more chocolate chips.
- Bake for ~30 minutes at 350 F (or until brownies cooked all the way through).
- Allow to cool for at least ~30 minutes before cutting and serving.
Even my 7 year old nephew loved these brownies–and he has quite the sweet tooth! Your family will love them 🙂
Until Next Time,
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN
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Ndb.nal.usda.gov. (2019). Food Composition Databases Show Foods — Chickpeas (garbanzo beans, bengal gram), mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt. [online] Available at: https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/16057 [Accessed 28 May 2019].