Blondie Cookie Bar

blondie cookie bar garbanzo beans

My daughter’s potential gluten intolerance has to be one of the biggest blessings in disguise!!!

I did not grow up vegan or even vegetarian.  We ate dinner most nights as a family which included some sort of meat as the center stage, along with a starch and veggie.  Desserts were usually once a week and were (as expected) high in sugar or chocolate, maybe cake or some chocolate boxed pudding.

So for me to venture into the world of using beans as the main source in my desserts was something that was unfathomable to me six months ago.  I never even heard of doing such a thing.

But thanks to sites like ChocolateCoveredKatie I have decided to go where I’ve never gone before.  She has given me the motivation, determination and courage to try what looks like an incredibly delicious dessert that is made entirely up of garbanzo beans.  If it tastes ANYTHING like it looks AND it’s gluten free, we’ve hit a home run!

Turns out …. I was right!

There are no words to describe how good this Blondie Cookie Bar is honestly.  blondie cookie bar garbanzo beansYou would NEVER EVER know this has beans in it, EVER, trust me.  Her original recipe calls for more sugar than I’m comfortable using in a dessert, so I lowered it and I think it still came out great!   I used an organic chocolate bar roughly chopped up instead of processed choc chips and upped the oats a little and used olive oil not Canola.

Next time I’m going to make them in an 8 x 8 pan instead of a springform one just because I like square cookie bars.  They pack better in the kids lunches and are easier to freeze that way.  (You all know by now how much I freeze everything!)

This literally comes together in 10 minutes!  I’m not kidding.  I had everything already in the pantry and when I saw this I was all over it!  I made some homemade vanilla ice cream to go on top and I really can’t begin to tell you how utterly surprised I was at how fabulous this ‘alternative’ dessert is.blondie cookie bar garbanzo beans


Blondie Cookie Bar

A fabulous blondie cookie bar that uses garbanzo beans as the main ingredient.  Totally head smacking good !

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 2 Cans Garbanzo Beans, (drained and thoroughly rinsed)
  • 1 1/4 Cups Old Fashioned Oats (3 min)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Organic Chocolate Bar (70% or higher cocoa – you will use about 1/4 of it)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F
  2. Lightly spray or grease a 10″ springform pan (including the sides)
  3. Put the beans into a food processor and pulse a few times to break them up
  4. Add all the dry ingredients (minus the chocolate) and give it another few whirls
  5. Add the wet ingredients and continue to pulse until it’s smooth
  6. Transfer to a large bowl and carefully stir in the chocolate chunks you’ve chopped
  7. Pour into your prepared pan
  8. Bake between 30-35 minutes
  9. Let cool before slicing
  10. Top with vanilla icecream


  • Serving Size: 12 servings
  • Calories: 211
  • Sugar: 19 gr
  • Sodium: 370 mg
  • Fat: 5 gr
  • Carbohydrates: 45 gr
  • Fiber: 4 gr
  • Protein: 4 gr
  • Cholesterol: 0

Recipe Adapted from:  Chocolatecoveredkatie
I used all organic ingredients whenever possible, and hope you do too! 🙂


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  1. Gale Fanning says:

    WOW !!! WOW !! and W.O.W. !!!! Who ever knew garbanzo beans could do something like THIS ! I am blown away. I will say however they are better the next day and drizzling real chocolate (even a small amount) makes a big difference. They are amazing and I can’t thank you enough Debi for a great dessert for my diabetic husband and I … thank you

    • oh my gosh .. thank you Gale. It’s been a really long time since I’ve made these. You’ve just reminded me how good they are. Thank you. I think I might put them on this weeks menu.

  2. Who knew chickpeas could make a dessert like this!!!!! Thank you thank you!!!

    • I never knew what chickpeas were Donna and I certainly didn’t know they could make a dessert like this!

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