Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies – Vegan + GF

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies - vegan + gluten-free |

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies - vegan + gluten-free | savannamehrad.comMy obsession with peanut butter and chocolate continues! *Insert evil scientist laugh here*

Have you missed out on proof of the obsession? See here, herehere and here.

I think mashing the two up into one beautiful recipe is my all time favourite thing to do in the kitchen. I mean sure, they’re great on their own, but throw them into the same bowl and pure magic happens. It’s like coming home to magically find all your laundry washed, folded and put away – a pure miracle of sorts, sent from the laundry gods. Or in the chocolate peanut butter’s case, the kitchen recipe gods.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies - vegan + gluten-free | savannamehrad.comThese Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies are truly a thing of wonder. Bursting with flavour, vegan, gluten-free and chocked full of protein thanks to the secret/not so secret ingredient of chickpeas!

The best part about these magically delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies is that you only need 7 simple, wholesome ingredients to pull them together. Now, that’s my kind of recipe!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies - vegan + gluten-free |

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies - vegan + gluten-free | Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies - vegan + gluten-free | savannamehrad.comMaking these Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies is super easy – they need just one bowl to whip the entire recipe up in. Hooray for less dishwashing!

All of the ingredients actually get tossed into the bowl of your food processor and the food processor does all the work for you – it’s a glorious thing, really. Place all ingredients into food processor bowl, turn on high for 3-5 minutes and sit back and enjoy a nice cup of coffee while the processor does all the heavy lifting. See, I told you this was an easy recipe!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies - vegan + gluten-free | Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies - vegan + gluten-free | savannamehrad.comThese Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies are the perfect blend between a cookie and a brownie – they should really be called crownies, in my opinion 😉

They are:

crispy on the outside
full of chocolate chunks
bursting with peanut butter flavour
and, protein packed!

You could almost eat these for breakfast…not that I would ever do that…and besides, even if I did, it was all in the name of recipe development so that makes it okay, right?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies - vegan + gluten-free | savannamehrad.comChocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies - vegan + gluten-free | savannamehrad.comSo try out some of these Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies today – I know you’ll adore them just as much as I do. Let us know if you make them by tagging them #glutenfreeveganpantry and posting your pics to Instagram. I love to fawn over my reader’s re-creations of my recipes – it’s such an awesome feeling!

Lots of love & happy eats, Savanna |

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies - Vegan + GF
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These Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies are vegan, gluten-free and bursting with flavour. Naturally sweetened, they're the perfect dessert to sneak in some protein packed beans!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-free
Serves: 9 squares
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • ¾ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 100 g dark chocolate, chopped into chunks
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Place all ingredients except chocolate and salt into the bowl of a food processor.
  3. Process on high for 3-5 minutes, scraping down sides as needed, until mixture is smooth and well blended.
  4. Stir in dark chocolate chunks.
  5. Pour chickpea dough mixture into a 9 x 9 pan lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes. Edges will be crispy and firm to touch while the centre will remain moist and soft to touch.
  7. Allow to cool completely before enjoying. The centre will firm up a bit while cooling but will still remain perfectly moist and soft.
Due to the high moisture content of the chickpeas, these Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies should be enjoyed within 3-4 days. Store in the fridge in an air-tight container.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 square Calories: 254 Fat: 12g Saturated fat: 4g Trans fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 30g Sugar: 21g Sodium: 457mg Fiber: 3g Protein: 6g Cholesterol: 0mg



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This blog started out as a journey of living adventurously in the kitchen, trialing gluten free, vegan, whole food recipes that you and your whole family can enjoy.

Fast forward a few years and I've chosen to breath new life into it, this time, focus on my mental health journey, sharing the tools, resources and practices that continue to help me on my self-healing path.

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  1. Hummm, smells burnt after 30 minutes. Reduced the heat and will not cook it for the whole amount of time. Followed recipe to a T as well. Oh well. Looked promising, and may end up tasting good anyway:) Thanks for the inspiration to use chick peas.

  2. Do you think it would work if you subbed the chocolate chips for raw cacao nibs & rasins + walnuts? 🙂

    1. Definitely! This sounds amazing, by the way! 🙂

  3. hi there, I made these today, I followed all the instructions to the T, but after 30 minutes in the oven, it turned very dark, and started to smell burned. Still I ate a piece it was tasty, but it doesn’t look like yours at all…Any suggestions?? thanks!!

    1. Hi Cecilia,
      I’m so sorry to hear that they didn’t look as yummy as they tasted. I use a gas oven at home so maybe that would account for the difference? I’m not sure what else could have accounted for the difference 🙁

  4. Is this a small can or the large can of chickpeas?
    Very excited to try recipe.

    1. Hi Amy,
      It would be one of the small cans 🙂

  5. These look AMAZING! So glad I found your blog as I am gluten free and (mostly) vegan. It’s hard to find vegan recipes without the gluten! Can’t wait to make these sometime. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Caroline! Your comment makes me so happy as I started my blog especially for people like yourself who were having a hard time finding vegan recipes without the gluten. I’m so glad you’re enjoying it so far! Make sure to sign up for the newsletter so you never miss a recipe 🙂

  6. These look yummy! I love that you used a Green & Black’s chocolate bar too — I love using it in place of chocolate chips/chunks whenever I can ♥

    1. Hello world traveler! Green & Blacks are my go to for dark chocolate – I always stock up at the grocery store 🙂 I hope your trip is going splendidly!!

  7. I am a chickpea fiend, I love adding them to desserts! these look SO GOOD!

    1. You will adore these bars then – they are so rich and moist. Mmmmmmm!

  8. Savanna, these look so good and you’ve motivated me to try legumes in baked goods!

    1. Happy to help, my friend!

  9. What a fabulous treat! I’ve made chocolate cake using beans and can’t wait to make these blondes! Saving and Sharing! ;}

    1. Thanks, Gwen! That chocolate cake sounds like it would be right up my alley! Is the recipe on your blog?

  10. O girl, these are amazing! Chickpea love! That funny little legume is so damn versatile and can be paired with any and all flavors, haha! Love it!

    1. Thanks, Rebecca. I loved eating them 🙂 In addition to my existing love for cooking with them, chickpeas are quickly becoming my favourite thing to bake with as well!!

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