(Note: this post was originally published on April 10, 2020. It has since been updated with a few tweaks).
The Absolute BEST Vegan Blondies
Wow, do I ever have a treat for you! These Tahini Chickpea Blondies have been a favorite in our house for years. I usually make them at least once every few weeks because they're easy, fast, and loaded with good-for-the-body nutrients. You'll never believe the two superstar ingredients in these vegan blondies.
Yes it's true, these healthy blondies get their structure from chickpeas and their fat from tahini. Mind blow, right? You'll be amazed at how delicious they are and how delightfully gooey and indulgent the texture is. These chickpea and tahini blondies are vegan, high in protein, gluten-free, grain-free, high in fiber, and naturally sweetened, so they're a treat you can feel good about enjoying again and again.
If you're looking for a dessert that nourishes both the body and the soul, you definitely have to try this chickpea blondie recipe. I can't wait for you to fall in love with them!
What Are Chickpea Blondies?
Like the name suggests, chickpea blondies contain chickpeas as a primary ingredient; this recipe uses an entire 15-oz can of the powerful little legumes. Because chickpeas are so neutral in flavor, they blend right into the background and you never know they're there. They add great protein, which makes these blondies feel more satisfying than the traditional flour-based version. The chickpeas also add some really nice structure, allowing these blondies to be completely flourless and vegan.
The best part about chickpea blondies, however, is their texture. Regular, flour-based blondies can easily dry out. Because the chickpeas don't bake up in the same way though, these bars retain a texture that is soft and luscious.
Have I convinced you? I know the idea of baking with chickpeas may sound crazy, but these beauties are a huge win nutritionally AND with regards to their taste and texture. While they won't fool anyone into thinking they're a traditional flour- and sugar-laden bakery blondie, I think they're even better. If you're intrigued, make sure to also check out my No Bake Whole Food Birthday Cake Bars too, which also use chickpeas as the primary ingredient.
The Beauty of Baking with Tahini
The key to making a good chickpea blondie is to add some healthy fats so that they feel indulgent. I always used to make this recipe with peanut butter, but one time on a whim I tried tahini and was amazed with the results. The tahini adds a beautiful but more subtle nuttiness, and the texture is much smoother and silkier. While the peanut butter version felt sort of heavy, the tahini blondies are lighter and softer.
I can't emphasize how important it is to use a high-quality tahini in this recipe though. Some store brands are bitter, grainy, or gloppy. I always use the tahini from Seeds of Collaboration, which is slightly sweet, subtle, and incredibly smooth and creamy. Use the code ROGUE at check-out to get 20% off your order.
Here's what you'll need for these vegan blondies, 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.
Almond flour. Make sure it's the light-colored, blanched almond flour instead of the coarser, darker almond meal. I love Bob's Red Mill. I don't suggest trying to use another flour since the results will be very different.
Tahini.Seeds of Collaboration is my absolute favorite for these tahini blondies and for all of my tahini recipes. Remember to use the code ROGUE at check-out to save 20%.
Chocolate chips. Remember to choose dairy-free chocolate if you're making vegan blondies.
Rainbow sprinkles. These are optional but such a fun addition if you want to give these blondies a birthday cake vibe, as I've shown in the photos here. Feel free to choose naturally-colored sprinkles if desired, or omit them if you want to avoid refined sugar entirely.
Well, what do you think? Are you intrigued by these decadent chickpea and tahini blondies? If you're looking for a treat that's delicious but also nutritious, these are hard to beat. Because they have such great protein and minimal sugar, they're really satisfying and can even act as a post-workout snack. In fact, they beat out most pre-packaged protein bars in terms of nutrition.
I'm a huge believer in enjoying desserts rather than depriving ourselves of things we love. These healthy, vegan blondies are a great example of the fact that desserts can actually be nourishing for the body. I absolutely can't wait for you to try this recipe!
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.
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