Happy Wednesday, Friends! If you follow my blog, you know I have a sweet tooth and brownies have always been a weakness. My kids would tell you that on more than one occasion, when they got up for breakfast, they caught me standing over a pan of brownies. True confession. While my love affair with brownies hasn't changed, I do try to make healthier choices now. Today's recipe will not only satisfy your sweet tooth, the surprising secret ingredient packs enough protein to qualify these scrumptious brownies as breakfast.
No...the secret ingredient is not avocado, but it does require an open mind. Since you know my affection for ooey gooey rich desserts, you can trust me. These yummy bars remind me of old fashioned blonde brownies. Are you curious? They're made with...wait for it...chickpeas! As much as I love hummus, which is also made from chickpeas, these breakfast brownies don't taste a bit like hummus. In fact, I can't taste the chickpeas at all, they are honest to goodness delicious. Have I convinced you to give them a try?
I can't take credit for the chickpea brownie concept. I'm always browsing Pinterest for healthier versions of my favorite recipes which is how I stumbled upon a variety of legume dessert recipes. Last year I tried black bean brownies--they were pretty much tasteless and needless to say, didn't make the cut! However, after seeing a variety of chickpea brownie recipes with glowing recommendations, I was intrigued. Most use peanut butter, but I prefer almond butter, so as is often the case, I experimented and come up with my own version. You'll notice there are no eggs, no flour and they are gluten free--but like I said, they don't skimp on taste! Here's the recipe:
This recipe makes just 8 brownies, which is another plus for me since I live alone and will eat every single one ;)
I bake them in a parchment paper lined loaf pan. Also, expect them to take longer to bake than usual. My oven runs hot and they still take 30-40 minutes. Once a toothpick comes out clean and the edges start to crisp slightly, remove them to cool. Then remove the parchment paper, cut into squares...
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