Homemade Chickpea Brownies Recipe

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There is no arguing the mouth-watering decadence of a homemade fudge brownie. While classic brownies are tough to beat, they can also be made healthier (and gluten-free) by using... beans! It may seam strange, but rest assured you can't taste the beans in the recipe, and the consistency turns out nice and moist. Using a blender, the batter for these chickpea brownies takes seconds to make, and the brownies themselves only need about 25 minutes of bake time. Delicious dessert in 30 minutes? Epic win.

How to Make Chickpea Brownies
How to Make Chickpea Brownies (Image: Julia Mueller)

Things You'll Need

  • 1 (14-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Tip

    • To make this recipe naturally sweetened, replace the cane sugar with coconut sugar.
    • Add a small amount of ground cinnamon or coffee grinds to add a unique richness to the brownies.
    • Top the brownies with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, or homemade fudge frosting.
    • You can also make this recipe using 1 (14-ounce) can of black beans instead of chickpeas.

Step 1: Prepare the Brownie Batter

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly oil an 8" x 8" baking dish and line with parchment paper. Drain and rinse the chickpeas in a colander.

Rinse the chickpeas well
Rinse the chickpeas well (Image: Julia Mueller)

Transfer all ingredients except for the chocolate chips to a blender. Blend until completely smooth.

Add ingredients to a blender
Add ingredients to a blender (Image: Julia Mueller)

Add the chocolate chips to the brownie batter and stir well.

Stir in the chocolate chips
Stir in the chocolate chips (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 2: Prepare to Bake

Pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking dish.

Transfer batter to a baking dish.
Transfer batter to a baking dish. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Smooth the brownie batter into an even layer using a rubber spatula or spoon.

Smooth out the batter
Smooth out the batter (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 3: Bake the Brownies!

Place the batter on the center rack of the preheated oven and bake for 24 to 28 minutes, until center and sides feel firm. Allow the brownies to rest for 1 hour.

Bake the brownies
Bake the brownies (Image: Julia Mueller)

After the brownies have cooled for an hour, remove them from the baking dish by pulling on the sides of the parchment paper. Transfer to a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut brownie squares and serve!

Cut brownies and serve
Cut brownies and serve (Image: Julia Mueller)

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