Well first off, sorry about not posting in a while! It has been a hectic few weeks and guess what…? I got engaged! So at least I had a good excuse for my absence right?
For today’s post, I thought I’d do a dessert. I chose this one mainly because I feel like it is way to good to pass up! Seems a little weird when you read the name right? I’ll admit, I was skeptical too. My luck with other dessert bean recipes in the past has been sparse, but I kept seeing different ones for chickpea desserts and couldn’t resist attempting one on my own. Boy was I pleasantly surprised! This dessert was inspired by Chocolate-Covered Katie. If you haven’t checked out her dessert blog and are a healthy dessert nut like myself, I would definitely look her up!
My one recommendation before you try this one… invest in a food processor! A blender won’t do the trick. I used a hand held food chopper and let’s just say I broke a little sweat by the end, so I would 100% recommend an electric food processor (probably a great future investment anyway!).
If I could tweak every dessert I have ever tried to be little healthier, I would, and I would eat them all day long! My sweet tooth is one of the worst I’ve seen (just ask my dentist!), so I would not recommend this recipe if I really didn’t enjoy it! Good luck, and happy baking!
– 2 cans garbanzo beans/chickpeas, drained and rinsed
– 1 cup oats (I used quick cooking)
– 3/4 cup Truvia (or 1 1/2c sugar)
– 1/4 cup no sugar added applesauce
– 3 Tbsp canola oil
– 2 tsp vanilla
– 1/2 tsp baking soda
– 2 tsp baking powder
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In a food processor, blend all of your ingredients, aside from the chocolate, together until smooth. Another recommendation I have would be to pre-chop your chickpeas in the food processor first before the other ingredients. This will just help you obtain a smoother consistency faster if that is what you are looking for. You may still have a few lumps here and there, but overall it should be pretty smooth!
Once your batter is to the consistency you prefer, stir in your chocolate chips. Spray your baking dish (or springform pan) with a little cooking spray. I used a square baking dish, but I would recommend a circular pie dish or the springform pan. I just only had square on hand!
Bake your pie for about 35 minutes, or until the edges and top are a little golden brown. Let cool for about 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!