Healthy Delicious Gluten Free Blondie Bars

Chickpea Bars

Surprisingly easy, super tasty and pretty healthy! I wasn't sure how well these would go over with my kids but we ended up finishing the whole batch in one day. (Yes, I know moderation is key but these were so good!)

INGREDIENTS

  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup all natural almond butter (we used almond) or peanut butter (Tahini sauce could be used too but add slightly less if it is very runny)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup (you can also use honey or brown sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips plus 2 tablespoons (dark chocolate has less sugar)

AFTER ITS COOKED

  • sea salt or fresh ground salt, for sprinkling on top (this is actually key to get a great spark of flavor)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray an 8x8 inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a food processor, add all ingredients except chocolate chips and process until batter is smooth. Fold in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips. 
  3. Spread batter evenly in the prepared pan then sprinkle 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips on top. Hint: Spray your spatula with cooking spray first, if you'd like, as the batter is sticky. Otherwise this is a perfectly fine batter to lick off raw!) 
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and edges are a tiny bit brown. The batter may look underdone, but you don't want them to dry out!
  5. Cool pan for 20 minutes on wire rack. Sprinkle with sea salt then cut into squares.  

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