Chocolate Chip Chick Pea Blondies

I love bars.  In fact, I live off bars, smoothies and freshly pressed vegetable juice most of the time because I can't find a minute to actually sit and eat a meal most days!  Bars are so versatile.  They are great for a snack, can be added to our kids lunches, are a great pick me up after a workout and can actually act as meal replacement in a real pinch - especially these whole foods based bars.  These are a few of my quick, easy favourites.  They are all gluten-free and vegan.


Ingredients:


  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, rinsed and drained

  • 1/2 cup all natural almond butter

  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave nectar

  • 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


Preparation:


  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees

  2. Coat 8×8"pan with coconut oil

  3. In a food processor, add all ingredients except chocolate chips and mix until batter is smooth

  4. Fold in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips

  5. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan then sprinkle 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips on top

  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and edges are a tiny bit brown

  7. The batter may look underdone, but you don’t want them to dry out!

  8. Cool pan for 20 minutes on wire rack and cut into squares


Nutrition

with Nat