A few months ago I started experimenting with chick peas in my baking and it was a huge hit straight away. Chickpeas are most commonly known for their use in hummus and if you live in the USA you will know them by Garbanzo beans ( which I just learned ). I’ll use them to replace flour in my baking which always creates a very thick, dense and creamy fudge like consistency. 

My first attempt was Chocolate Chip Chick Pea slice which was a success. If you want the recipe click here 

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A quick funny is when I made this slice for some of the youth of my church one of the boys said ” This doesn’t taste anything like chicken!”

I asked him why it would taste like chicken to which he replied ” Well, you said they have chicken peas in them?”

Since then my  Chocolate-Chip Chickpea slice has been a go to favorite when I need baking in a pinch. Tonight I made it for the Missionaries of our church and they ate the entire tray! 

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Once they had left I needed to make something for my family dessert. That’s when I tried out the Chickpea Brownie. YUMMO! I first saw this recipe on the Next Generation website, but had to alter it to suit the ingredients I had on hand. It took less than half an hour all up, and I served it with some berries and yogurt. Absolutely divine!

Chickpea Brownie 

Ingredients:

  • I can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 
  • 4 eggs 
  • 200g Dark Chocolate ( at least 70% cocoa) OR cacao powder and honey 
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil ( optional) 
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar  or low GI cane sugar ( I used a mix of both) 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1/3 cup hazel nuts ( Or any of your favorite nut) 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees

2. Line a baking tray with baking paper ( I’m terrible with measurements)

3. Add all the ingredients apart from the chocolate to the blender and mix till well combined

4. Melt the chocolate using the double boiler method

5. Add the melted chocolate to the blender and mix till combined. Then add in your nuts and give it a whizz for a few seconds.

6. Pour into baking tray and bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes. 17 minutes was the magic number for me but every oven varies. Just poke a skewer in the middle and if it comes out clean you know you are done.

7. Allow to cool slightly before pulling the edges of your baking paper to remove the whole brownie from the pan. Cut into slices and serve with berries and yogurt.

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