Chickpea Chocolate Chip Blondies
If you’ve got an egg white sensitivity like me, it can be hard to make baked treats. I usually gravitate to raw desserts as no eggs are required. Sometimes you just want something different though. These Chickpea Chocolate Chip Blondies are just that, plus they’re egg-free, dairy-free, gluten and grain-free. I’ve adapted them from Ambitious Kitchen’s Flourless Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies with Sea Salt.
These blondies are gooey and dense! Don’t be afraid to taste test some of the raw batter too. You know I did! You can make this recipe vegan by using maple syrup instead of the honey. You can also change up the cashew butter with another nut butter. I like the cashew butter as it’s naturally sweet and you don’t need to add as much sweetener to the recipe.
Back in the day I would never make desserts or treats at home, because when I did I would end up eating half the pan in one sitting. That’s what happens when you deprive yourself. You’re body is smart and doesn’t want to starve so if you struggle with binge eating try letting go of restrictions.
Of course with that said, you will also need to focus on self love and improving body image, so that you don’t fall back into those restrictive ways. It’s easier said than done but trust me, it is absolutely worth it.
Think of how much emotional turmoil binge eating causes you. If you’re anything like I was, it’s not fun. I hated my body and would pinch my belly fat while calling myself disgusting. I would then plan out my next week of meals keeping calories low. I would also plan out my workouts with some days including two workouts. That would of course just lead to me binge eating again and the cycle would repeat itself.
Initially when I stopped restricting, I still continued to binge eat. This was hard, as I began to gain weight and it challenged my self love even more. Eventually though, over time the binge eating slowed and then disappeared. Don’t get me wrong, I still emotionally eat at times, but it’s nothing like the binge eating episodes I used to struggle with.
Now I have what I used to consider to be “treats,” most days. My meals also consist of foods that satiate me, so I don’t get cravings for sweets like I used to. When you don’t try to restrict your meals because you’re planning a “cheat” later, you won’t even think about having “cheats.” Just so you know, I hate the word “cheat.” Its food. Just eat it mindfully with a nourishing, balanced diet of whole foods.
I made a big batch of these Chickpea Chocolate Chip Blondies but you could divide the recipe in two and put it in an 8×8 pan. Either way it’s going to be delicious. We enjoyed a hot slice right out of the oven with some coconut milk ice cream.
- 28 oz/796 mL can of chickpeas
- 1 cup cashew butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line an 8×11 pan with parchment paper.
- Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips, in a food processor and puree until smooth.
- Once smooth, stir in chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into pan and bake in oven for approx. 45 mins.