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Not only are chickpeas a great source of protein, fiber, and other vitamins, but they can be added to a wide array of baked goods for a boost of nutrition. Plus, the consistency of blended chickpeas adds the perfect amount of creaminess to cookies, cakes, brownies, and other treats. Try out these 15 delicious chickpea dessert recipes to discover for yourself how versatile these legumes are!
1. Cinnamon Chickpea Blondies
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These vegan Cinnamon Chickpea Blondies by Jenn Sebestyen will be your new go-to treat! They are moist and tender in the center with just a bit of a crackly crust on top. They are perfectly sweet, healthier than your average blondie recipe, and oh-so addictive! While these do contain a good amount of sugar, they are also packed with protein, fiber, folate, and iron, so you can feel good about your new afternoon treat! Oh, and guess what? They are gluten-free and oil-free too! You have to try making these vegan chickpea blondies!
2. Flourless Chickpea Brownies
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Flourless Chickpea Brownies are fudgy and packed full of delicious chocolate flavor. These protein-packed brownies by Maggie Wescott make a healthy dessert or snack any time of the day! Chickpeas are a fairly neutral-flavored bean and once combined with all the other ingredients there isn’t a hint of bean anywhere. These brownies are dense and fudgy, with the perfect amount of sweetness from the maple syrup and dark chocolate.
3. Besan Barfi: Date and Chickpea Fudge
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This is a really simple and delicious recipe for Besan Barfi made with dates and besan (chickpea flour). The besan gives the barfi by Preeti Tamilarasan a nutty flavor and a melt-in-your-mouth texture, and the dates are a unique addition! You can also throw in a handful of nuts such as pistachios, almonds, or cashews for an added burst of crunchy texture.
4. Biscoff Crumb Cookie Dough Fudge
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This Biscoff Crumb Cookie Dough Fudge by Vicky Coates is vegan, healthy, and gluten-free but most importantly delicious! A rich chocolate and peanut butter fudge filled with chunks of chocolate and topped with crumbly Biscoff biscuit… dessert heaven!
5. Chickpea Brownies
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Vegan two-bite Chickpea Brownies made with chocolate dessert hummus! These vegan chickpea brownies by Alexandra and Eian are decadent, chewy, rich, and best of all, kind of healthy!
6. Brownie Brittle With Chickpea Cookie Dough Dip
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On its own, this dip freakin’ rocks. This Brownie Brittle With Chickpea Cookie Dough Dip by Chrysta Hiser is like a chocolate cracker, which is the absolute perfect edible transport system for the cookie dough.
7. Chickpea and Banana Flour Chocolate Chip Brownies
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These rich, fudgy Chickpea and Banana Flour Chocolate Chip Brownies by Sara Grandominico are going to impress anyone after the very first bite. These delights are slightly firm and a teeny bit crisp on the tops and edges, but gooey and fudgy in the center. The chocolate chips have melted slightly but give just the slightest crunch and the creamy perfume of bananas permeates the whole thing – it is seriously the best classic brownie we’ve seen in a long time.
8. Grain-Free Chickpea Blondies
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These Grain-Free Chickpea Blondies by Katherine Weltzien are incredibly easy to make (you just throw the ingredients in a food processor then bake) and they are a sweet, hearty, fudgy snack/dessert. PLUS, they have the added benefit of keeping you full longer than an ordinary brownie, so bring a couple to school or work to snack on.
9. Raw Chickpea Cookie Dough Cake With Avocado Ganache
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This decadent Raw Chickpea Cookie Dough Cake With Avocado Ganache by Margaux Mouton tastes like a dream but is actually good for you. It starts with a base made from seeds and dates, followed by a flourless “cookie dough” layer made from chickpeas and chocolate chips. But, we’re not done yet. On top of the cookie dough sits a chocolate ganache made from avocado, followed by a rich, fudgy buttercream made from sweet potato purée, tahini, and peanut butter. You can also easily jazz up this cake with berries of your choice, bananas, coconut, more chocolate … whatever your heart is set on!
10. Maca Almond Butter Chickpea Cookie Dough
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Ever wanted to eat cookie dough without the guilt? This Maca Almond Butter Chickpea Cookie Dough recipe by Hallie and Reya Tobias combines the creaminess of chickpeas, the rich flavor of almond butter, the sweetness of coconut sugar, and the nutrition boost of maca and flax meal to create a treat that is not only delicious but high in fiber and protein! Best of both worlds!
11. Chickpea Cookie Dough Bites
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These Chickpea Cookie Dough Bites by Kimmy Murphy are so good that they’ll have everyone begging for the recipe. There’s no arguing that chickpeas make possibly the best cookie dough you’ll ever taste.
12. Cookie Dough Chocolate Cups
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If you’re a huge fan of peanut butter cups, then you’ll love these Cookie Dough Chocolate Cups by Haley Gallerani because they take it to a whole new level. Cookie dough and chocolate? Double yum. Chickpea cookie dough (which doesn’t taste like beans!) is stuffed inside a delicious, dark chocolate cup in this perfectly shareable treat.
13. Brownie Pancakes With a Cookie Dough Swirl
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Dessert for breakfast? Yes, please! These easy Brownie Pancakes With a Cookie Dough Swirl by Taylor Kiser have a rich, chocolaty brownie taste and a creamy, chickpea cookie dough swirl that is deliciously peanut buttery. The outside is slightly crispy from being on the griddle and the inside has a thick, ooey-gooey texture you will become obsessed with. The best part is they’re packed with protein – so, dig in!
14. Red Velvet Beet Brownies With Aquafaba Vanilla Cashew Cream Frosting
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Beets have many uses, but maybe you’ve never thought to put them in your brownies. Here’s your chance. These Red Velvet Beet Brownies With Aquafaba Vanilla Cashew Cream Frosting by Taryn Fitz-Gerald are decadently healthy treats that have both dense and light textures. They’re not only insanely delicious but also have amazing nutritional benefits. They’re also refined-sugar-free!
15. Almond Butter Blondies
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Since black beans make great brownies, it’s only natural that chickpeas make great blondies, and especially rich blondies at that, thanks to the almond butter. Add the optional chocolate or butterscotch chips to these Almond Butter Blondies by Robin Robertson—or not, according to your taste.
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