Protein Packed Chocolate Chip Blondies

I'll be honest, I don't have much of a sweet tooth.  I'm more of a salt girl, always have been always will be.  But, when I spotted this recipe for protein packed chocolate chip blondies on my friend and fellow health coach Sarah Try's website, I knew I had to give them a try.  In general, I try to stay away from sugar, but this recipe is filled with so many healthy ingredients, that I'll let the sugar thing slide.  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • The SECRET ingredient: 1 can of garbanzo beans, aka chickpeas – drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 c amber agave nectar
  • 1/4 c natural cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 c ground flaxmeal
  • 1/4 c no sugar added nut butter (mix and match based on your personal preference!)
  • 1/4 c dark chocolate chips, 1/4 c pecans (optional)
  • Coconut oil (to grease pan only)

Mix everything minus the optional ingredients (chocolate and pecans) in a food processor or blender. If you are using a blender, make sure to use a spatula to really stir the mixture.  Once mixed completely, add the chocolate chips and/or nuts and hand stir them in.

Grease an 8 x 8 baking pan or round pie pan with coconut oil and pour mixture into pan.

Bake for 30 minutes at 350 oF and let cool for 10-20 minutes.  They should appear slightly underdone when taken out of the oven - they will firm up after cooling.

Make this recipe vegan by omitting the chocolate chips! 

12 servings. 5g fat/150 cal/4g protein per bar