Vegan Garbanzo Bean Blondies

Packed with white chocolate!

Yes, you read that title correctly! I’m branching into a different realm of baking here. Everybody has their own definition of what healthy is, and this is just another end of the spectrum. Not only am I wanting to try more vegan recipes, but I am trying more recipes that use strange ingredients, all in the name of health. Trust me on this one, you have to give it a try! It is packed with protein AND flavor. You can use any neutral white bean, like great northern beans, but I chose to use garbanzo beans (aka chick peas).
Now here’s a real testament to how these taste: my boyfriend came home from watching the world series and saw these on the counter, and started to eat one…then he gave a huge smile and a thumbs up, and proceded to finish the one he was eating and eat another immediately afterwards! Yup, they’re that good!

Vegan Garbanzo Bean Blondies

(makes 16 blondies)
1 can (15 oz) garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
pinch of salt
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. Splenda
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 c. whole wheat flour
1/4 c. natural, smooth peanut butter
1/4 c. white chocolate chips (or vegan chips of your choice)
ground cinnamon

~Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9X9″ baking dish, lined with foil or parchment and sprayed with non-stick baking spray.
~First put garbanzo beans and 1-2 Tbs of water in a blender (or bullet!) and blend until smooth. You can then either put your ground beans into a bowl and continue OR continue in the blender still (sadly, I only have a bullet and can only fit so much into it…so I put my beans in a bowl). Add all of the rest of the ingredients to the beans except the white chocolate chips and cinnamon and mix until silky smooth! Stir in white chocolate chips. Spread evenly into baking dish and then sprinkle top with a small amount of ground cinnamon. Bake for 35 min (do not over bake, because you’d rather have them soft and fudgy than dry!)
~Cut and enjoy!

Nutrition info: believe it or not…drumroll please…only 85 calories per blondie! No joke! Now doesn’t that make you want to try them even more?!

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