As I’ve shared in past posts, my family is doing a 40 days to a revolution (mind/body/yoga/mediation/diet) program by Baron Baptiste. It makes you pause and really examine what’s going on inside your life and thoughts, what you’re eating and reactions to being present in your life. I don’t know about you but all areas I need to improve. I rush from one thing to another not really stopping to be present in the moment. I have made some significant changes in my life over the last year and want to continue to evolve because after all, if you aren’t moving – you’re stagnating.
I whipped up these non-chocolate blondies because my husband is allergic to cocoa along with the fact that I wanted to continue to make clean recipes that I can share with my fellow 40 day students as we go through this journey together.
I made these… didn’t tell anyone what the ingredients were. Everyone ate them not missing a beat. In fact, we were in Philly yesterday and came home and I just noticed that they are all gone! Love it! No one is the wiser. Protein packed minus the “junk” found in regular blondies. Now if you’re expecting the full on fat blondies… you won’t be happy with these. But if you’re looking for a clean snack idea for your kids or yourself that won’t blow your gym efforts or make you riddled with guilt over eating something less than healthy… these are for you! When I did reveal my food source for these to my husband he was flabbergasted! Ha… fooled him.
1 can of low sodium chickpeas, drained and rinsed well
1/2 cup of peanut butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract or paste
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Optional: 1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray your 8×8 glass baking pan with baking spray and set aside. Into your Vitamix or food processor add, chickpeas, pb, syrup, vanilla, salt, soda and powder. Blend until smooth and creamy. (This was inspired by my pb hummus recipe!) Then gently spoon this mixture out into your prepared pan. If you using chocolate chips, add to the top of the blondies. If not, place in the oven and bake for 24 minutes or until the edges are just golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool completely then remove and slice. Enjoy.
— Knead to Cook