A grain-free recipe for chickpea blondie s’mores bars made with all real food ingredients and sweetened with maple syrup. These vegan blondies are topped with marshmallows and chocolate chips for a healthy gluten free dessert that’s fun and seasonal, too. 

 

Chickpea Blondie S'mores Bars - vegan and #grainfree

Chickpea Blondie S’mores Bars (Grain-free)

So Valentine’s Day was approaching and I wanted to make a fun platter for the day. I mean, who doesn’t like coming down to a bunch of treats all on a plate?! I remembered that I had some pink marshmallows left from this hot chocolate board. And voila – these chickpea blondie s’mores bars got started.

Chickpeas in blondies?

I know what you’re thinking – there’s nooo way that these can taste like regular blondies, but I promise you – the food processor works wonders with textures. Add in some maple syrup and vanilla (no refined sweeteners here!) and you’ve got a healthy dessert base. I like using beans in baking (like this White Bean Banana Bread Recipe (Vegan, GF), these black bean muffins or Vegan Chocolate Banana Bread With Black Beans). They not only add a creamy texture, but they also add some fiber and protein, too. No problem with that!

Close up of vegan chickpea blondie

Ingredients needed for Chickpea Blondie S’mores:

  • Chickpeas
  • Maple syrup
  • Nut butter (try cashew butter, peanut butter or sunflower seed butter if needed)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips (use vegan if desired – I like Enjoy Life and Lily’s)
  • Marshmallows

stacked vegan chickpea blondies

Questions about the recipe:

What if I don’t have a food processor?  While you can try to make these in your high speed blender, you really do need a high-powered appliance to get the beans to the right consistency. The food processor works the best because of its wide base.

Do you taste the garbanzo beans within? You will not taste them! Beans create a creamy texture and by adding the maple syrup and vanilla, you should not be able to tell there are beans within.

What if I can’t do nut butter? I personally used Nutzo when I made these, but I also like using cashew butter (make sure it’s organic). If you can’t do nuts, try sunflower seed butter.

Will my kids know there are garbanzo beans within?  As mentioned above, you should not be able to taste it. Neither should your kids;).

Do these taste like s’mores? Well, since you typically cook marshmallows on top of graham crackers with chocolate … they have similar ingredients but the texture is definitely different. Try it and see what you think!

Are there vegan marshmallows? Yes there are! These are my favorite vegan marshmallows.

Healthy grain-free dessert - chickpea blondies

Chickpea Blondie S'mores Bars
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
 

A grain-free recipe for chickpea blondie s'mores bars made with all real food ingredients and sweetened with maple syrup. These vegan blondies are topped with marshmallows and chocolate chips for a healthy gluten free dessert that's fun and seasonal, too. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 137 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans , rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup nut butter (cashew, peanut or almond butter)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (use vegan or dairy-free if desired)
  • 1/2 cup marshmallows (to top)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment paper.

  2. Add all ingredients aside from chocolate chips and marshmallows to a food processor and process until smooth. Fold in 1/2 of the chocolate chips.

  3. Add batter to prepared baking sheet.

  4. Bake for 25 minutes.

  5. Remove and add remaining marshmallows and chocolate chips to top.

  6. Place back in oven for 3 - 5 minutes or until marshmallows begin to turn toasty.

  7. Remove and let cool before trying to cut.

Nutrition Facts
Chickpea Blondie S'mores Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 137 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 81mg4%
Potassium 100mg3%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 17IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Once again – this is not your typical dessert, but that’s not what my recipes are all about!

I love that these are grain-free, gluten-free and dairy-free AND they have a fun twist with the marshmallows inside. If you are looking for additional healthy desserts, here’s some inspo for you. Enjoy! xoxo

Other healthy grain-free desserts

Paleo Coconut Flour Blondies

Healthy Vegan Cookie Dough (with Chickpeas)

Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

chickpea vegan blondie s'mores bars - pinterest

 

 

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