This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bush’s Beans. All opinions are 100% mine.
Usually when my family cooks with beans, we go the savoury route – but something you might not believe is that beans can make delicious desserts – and I’m serving up a double whammy today with a duo of delicious black bean brownies and chickpea peanut butter blondies, so no matter your dessert style, we’ve got you covered!
Black bean brownies have been a staple in my house for years, ever since I perfected my recipe one late night after having experimented with one too many bad black bean brownies. I knew that the concept had good bones, and after adding just the right amount of sweetness via dates, real chocolate, and a touch of salt – we were in black bean business!
I’ve served these to my preschoolers for years and none have ever turned up their noses at them. For grown-ups you definitely need a handful or two of chocolate chips, but they are still a healthy, sugar-free way to curb your chocolate cravings while also delivering all of the goodness of beans.
These brownies are full of protein and fibre so you can even enjoy them as an indulgent breakfast – and unlike most desserts, one of these brownies leaves you feeling full and satiated.
Now, these chickpea peanut butter blondies on the other hand – these are completely new!
The white chocolate alternative to our black bean brownies, these chickpea peanut butter blondies are a new favorite with the kids, delivering even more protein thanks to the peanut butter and using honey or maple syrup for sweetness.
Beyond beans, what both of these recipes have in common is that they are super easy – just pop all of the ingredients (except for the optional chocolate chips) in a food processor, puree and pour into your baking pan. In fact, I shot a video of BOTH recipes just to show you how easy they are!
First up, here is the video for the chickpea peanut butter blondies, and then scroll down afterwards to grab both recipes and watch the video for the black bean brownies:
Ingredients for Chickpea Peanut Butter Blondies
- 1-19oz can Bush’s Beans Garbanzos (chickpeas), rinsed and drained (2 cups)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
Tip: honey can be replaced with maple syrup.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Food processor
- Measuring cups and spoons
- 8″ x 8″ baking pan <– I like that this one includes a lid
- Offset spatula
How to Make Chickpea Blondies
Preheat oven to 350F
Grease and line a 8″ x 8″ baking pan with parchment paper.
Place all ingredients except for the white chocolate chips in a food processor and blend until fully combined, about 2 minutes.
Stir in the white chocolate chips before folding out the dough into your baking pan.
Smooth down with wet hands or an offset spatula.
Bake blondies for 20-25 minutes until set in the middle and edges start to pull away from the pan.
Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.
Grab your free printable for our Chickpea Peanut Butter Blondies recipe:
Ingredients to Make Black Bean Brownies
- 2 cups Bush’s Bean Black Beans (1 19oz can)
- 1/2 cup chopped Medjool dates
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup natural applesauce
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract, or scrapings from one pod
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp good-quality salt
How to Make Healthy Black Bean Brownies
Preheat oven to 350F.
Stir the cocoa powder, soda, and salt in a small bowl until fully blended. Set aside.
Place the beans, dates, eggs, applesauce, and vanilla in a food processor. Puree until a nice paste forms and you cannot see individual beans or dates.
Add the dry ingredients, and blend fully.
Scrape the batter into a prepared 9×9-inch pan and smooth it down with a spatula. (You can oil and flour a pan, or line it with parchment paper.)
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes until set and a toothpick inserted comes out with crumbs but no wetness.
Grab your free printable for our sugar-free black bean brownie recipe here: