(Note: this post was originally published on April 10, 2020. The date above reflects migration to the new platform. This was THE most-viewed recipe on The Rogue Brussel Sprout at the time of migration.)
Wow, do I ever have a treat for you! These Funfetti Tahini Chick Pea Blondies are my new favorite dessert. They taste like the most perfect, nostalgic "funfetti" birthday cake but are made with nutrient-rich ingredients to nourish both the body and the soul.
Have you made chick pea blondies before? They're my absolute greatest love. If you haven't tried them yet, I hope you will! They're so easy and fast to make, are loaded with protein and fiber, and taste insanely delicious. I'm being completely honest when I say that I vastly prefer a chick pea blondie over a regular blondie because they have such a light, gooey, slightly under-baked texture.
The key to making a good chick pea blondie is to add some healthy fats so that they feel super indulgent. While I formerly achieved this with peanut butter, I've recently discovered that using tahini yields the most lovely result. Yes, I'm aware that chick peas and tahini usually combine to make hummus and not blondies... but I promise these are magical! They absolutely taste like birthday cake in the best possible way.
The secret to these cute treats is the light roast tahini from Seeds of Collaboration. I was honestly skeptical about ordering tahini online when I can just buy it at the grocery store, but this is unlike any tahini I've had. It's incredibly delicate in flavor and has zero bitterness unlike many other tahini brands. It also has the most beautiful pale color, which is perfect for these funfetti blondies; the light color of the batter really lets the sprinkles shine!
I'm excited to be bringing you this recipe in partnership with Seeds of Collaboration because I adore their sweet, nutty tahini and I fully support their social mission. Please consider getting yourself some tahini to make these blondies and to use in everything else you can imagine. Tahini makes a wonderful, luscious salad dressing too- check out my Somewhere Over The Rainbow Pasta Salad if you need inspiration.
And here's some good news- I can help you get your hands on some of this beautiful tahini! Use the code ROGUE at check-out to get 20% (!!) off your entire order. (Get a couple jars, you'll want to use it on everything; search "Tahini" here on the blog to get loads of ideas!).
These blondies are absurdly easy. Just combine all the ingredients in a food processor until you have a rich, creamy dough. Spread it into an oiled baking pan, decorate the top with a few chocolate chips and sprinkles, bake it, and you'll have the most delightful funfetti blondies. The whole process takes about 40 minutes, the last 30 of which are hands-off.
While blondies are usually considered dessert, I'd argue that these can totally be lunch or a snack as well. They're loaded with protein thanks to the chick peas, tahini, and almond flour, and are minimally sweetened with just maple syrup. In fact, they beat out most pre-packaged protein bars in terms of nutrition by a long shot. These bars keep great in the fridge (assuming you don't inhale them all immediately), meaning you'll have nourishing, easily portable treats ready to go.
Here's what you'll need for this recipe, as well as some thoughts, tips, and possible substitutions. If you make any substitutions, I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below.
One final thought. My birthday isn't until July, but I'm already planning on making these for myself! I think these Funfetti Tahini Chick Pea Blondies would make the most wonderful birthday treat, either for a party (make a few batches!) or as a gift. Do you know anyone with a birthday coming up? A delivery of these would be the perfect surprise!
I remember going to birthday parties in elementary school that featured that classic, vanilla box-mix funfetti cake and being absolutely enamored with it. These are just as nostalgic and delicious, but loaded with ingredients to keep your body happy. I hope you'll make these soon, since we all need a bit of indulgence and fun right now.
It makes me so happy to hear from you and see your creations! Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think about this recipe. If you post a photo on Instagram, hashtag #TheRogueBrusselSprout and tag me (@TheRogueBrusselSprout) in the post text so that I'm sure to see it.
Disclosure: Seeds of Collaboration is a long-term partner. I receive free product from Seeds of Collaboration and take a small commission on sales using the discount code. However, all opinions and thoughts are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep The Rogue Brussel Sprout running.
These decadent, nostalgic funfetti blondies are secretly loaded with good-for-the-body ingredients. They'll make you feel like a kid again! Just don't tell anyone they're made with chick peas...