Desserts

August 13, 2020

Pistachio Chip Chickpea Blondies

Pistachio Chip Chickpea Blondies are sweet and gooey. Made from plant-based ingredients like chickpeas and oat flour, these blondies are a healthy treat.

Pistachio Chip Chickpea Blondies

Can we take a moment to celebrate the beautiful blondie?

Blondies are definitely underrated in the dessert space and it's one of my personal missions to make them more appreciated.

What is a blondie?

Blondies are exactly what they sound like. They are basically brownies in terms of size, texture, basic ingredients. BUT blondies don't have cocoa powder like brownies.

They aren't chocolate flavored. Instead, we get the WHOLE WORLD of flavors. A sweet, neutral batter is a great base for whatever flavors we can dream up.

Today's combo:

Pistachio Chip

I have to give a quick shout out here to my friends over at Rainbow Bakery in Bloomington, IN. They make tons of incredible vegan baked goods!

One of their cookie flavors is chocolate chip with pistachios and cardamom. I'd never had this combination before and it quickly grew to become one of my favorites.

Pistachios are salty and crunchy, while chocolate chips are soft and sweet. The contrast is incredible. It's like a little party in your mouth!

Ever since I started stuffing my face with cookies from Rainbow, I've been dreaming of this delicious flavor combination and wanting to include it in my baking.

So here we are with Pistachio Chip Chickpea Blondies!

Let's talk ingredients.

Pistachio Chip Chickpea Blondies

Ingredients

  • Chickpeas: You've already read them in the name, but chickpeas are indeed a staple in these blondies. They create a dense, gooey texture. AND they pack in some great plant-based protein. Don't worry, you can't taste them!
  • Homemade Oat Flour: I'm specifying homemade here, because oat flour can make baked goods gluey if it's the only flour you use. Homemade oat flour is usually coarser, resulting in an airier texture. Make homemade oat flour by processing rolled or quick oats in the food processor until it resembles flour.
  • Mixed Nut Butter: You can use any neutral nut butter that you'd like. I used my favorite mixed nut butter!
  • Maple Syrup: Maple syrup has a very sweet taste and works great in this recipe. You should be able to sub date syrup with no issues, if you're looking for a completely fruit-sweetened recipe.
  • Flax: Use ground flaxseed to make a flax egg. It helps bind your baking just like an egg would.
  • Baking Powder: To help the blondies rise.
  • Salt: To enhance the sweetness.
  • Dark Chocolate Chips: Make sure you check to make sure your chips are vegan. I use Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips.
  • Pistachios: These tasty nuts usually come in their shells, but to make it easy find some that are pre-shelled. That way you can just throw them in the batter.

Pistachio Chip Chickpea Blondies

How to make Pistachio Chip Chickpea Blondies

Preheat the oven to 350. Line a brownie pan with parchment paper. I cut a strip that was big enough to line the bottom and two of the sides. This makes it easier to remove the blondies when they're cooled.

Make a flax egg by combining ground flax and water. Let it sit for a few minutes to gel.

Add chickpeas, oat flour, nut butter, maple syrup, baking powder, and salt to a food processor. Process until the chickpeas are blended fully and all the ingredients are combined.

Pulse in the chocolate chips and pistachios.

Spread into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with additional chocolate chips and chopped pistachios, if desired. Bake for 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the pan comes out clean and the blondies feel firm to the touch. They will still be gooey!!

Let cool at least 10 minutes before slicing. Cut into 9-16 bars. Enjoy!

Recipe Prayer

Praise Jesus for sweet treats like these blondies. Help us to enjoy the marvels of Your creation. Amen.

Related Recipes

Check out some of my other blondie recipes: Sweet Potato Blondies, Chai Spice Chickpea Blondies, and Fudgy Maple Pecan Blondies.

Pistachio Chip Chickpea Blondies

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Pistachio Chip Chickpea Blondies

Pistachio Chip Chickpea Blondies are sweet and gooey. Made from plant-based ingredients like chickpeas and oat flour, these blondies are a healthy treat.

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

16

Prep:

10

min

cook:

50

min

total:

60

min

Ingredients

  • 1 15-Ounce Can Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Cup Homemade Oat Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Mixed Nut Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon Flax + 2 Tablespoons Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 Cup Pistachios

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a brownie pan with parchment paper. Make the flax egg by combining the ground flax and water. Let it sit for a few minutes.
  2. Add the chickpeas, oat flour, nut butter, maple syrup, flax egg, vanilla extract, baking powder, and salt to a food processor. Process until the chickpeas are blended fully and all the ingredients are combined.
  3. Pulse in the chocolate chips and pistachios.
  4. Spread into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with additional chocolate chips and pistachios, if desired. Bake for 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the pan comes out clean and the blondies feel firm to the touch.
  5. Let cool at least 10 minutes before slicing. Cut into 9-16 bars. Enjoy!

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November 15, 2021
Elizabeth | The Plant-Based Catholic
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking.
November 15, 2021
Becky
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography