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Chickpea Chocolate Chip Bars [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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These chocolate chip dessert bars are made with chickpeas and almond butter, so say hello to protein! The edges have the perfect "crispiness" to them while the inside is like a soft, gooey cookie. These are great for snacking, but they're best after they've cooled down a bit, but the chocolate chips are still melty. For a dessert that's indulgent, but still pretty healthy, try your bar with a banana ice cream and a dollop of whipped coconut cream!

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Bars [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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  • 1 14-ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed well
  • 1/2 cup of almond butter
  • 1/3 cup of maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup of vegan chocolate chips or shaved dark chocolate


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a loaf pan with coconut oil. Set that aside while the oven preheats and while you make the dough.
  2. Into your food processor add the chickpeas, almond butter, syrup, extract, salt, baking soda, and powder. Pulse several times, until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add some chocolate chips into the mixture, reserving some to top the final product before baking and pulse a few times.
  4. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and then sprinkle the top with the remaining chocolate chips. You can add more or less, as you prefer.
  5. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until the edges are golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. It may require more time depending on your oven temperature. Remove and let cool at least 20 minutes to set up.





Easy, flavorful gluten-free recipes that will make anyone fall in love with plant-based food. Robin Runner is the author, recipe developer, photographer and fitness enthusiast behind Knead to Cook. As a wife and active mother to two teenage daughters, Robin is well-versed in creating easy, flavorful recipes to accommodate a wide variety of palates. Whether you’re a lover of meat and potatoes, or strictly vegan and gluten-free, Robin’s non-threatening recipes and captivating photography will appeal to all tastes.



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11 Months Ago

These smell and taste fantastic. The maple syrup and vanilla really complement the chickpea flavor. Definitely keep them in the oven for longer than 40 minutes, the inside takes a while to cook through.

1 Years Ago

These are amazing. Amaaaaaazing.

Rebecca Strange
2 Years Ago

I\'m all for people making allowances and substitutions in classic recipes for their dietary needs / restrictions... But I\'m not sure garbanzo beans are the way to go with brownies. Chickpeas can take on a sort of odd metallic taste when paired with deep notes like chocolate or coffee that most people wouldn\'t find very appealing. I think sweet potatoes would provide the starch you lose out on from omitting traditional flour, and would be a suitable flavor pairing, especially given that the recipe already contains maple syrup.


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