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Homemade White Bean Blondies Recipe

Did you know you can turn white beans into healthy desserts? These White Bean Blondies are the best way to eat more plant-based protein. 

You’ll note that I’m calling these white bean blondies, rather than garbanzo bean blondies or chickpea blondies. Tuh-may-toe, Tuh-mah-toe… I frankly feel like White Bean Blondies has a better ring to it.

But no matter what you call them, I can promise you you’ll be surprised at how yummy they are, given that they start off with a not-so secret ingredient you don’t normally think of when making a bar cookie — pulses.

What are pulses?

I’m glad you asked!

The term “pulses” is the parent name for peas, lentils, chickpeas, and dry beans. Not exactly the ingredients you expect to show up on a baking web site, right?

While many of the baking recipes I post on this site are meant to simply (and easily) help people bake something special for their friends and family… without a nod to nutrition per se… as a registered dietitian I do love to bake desserts that offer an extra nutrition win, when I can.

And that’s certainly the case with these White Bean Blondies since they’re made with pulses.

Nutrition Benefits of Pulses

  • Rich in Protein – Protein is essential for building, repairing, and maintaining muscle (something you can learn a lot more about on my podcast This Unmillennial Life.)
  • High in Fiber – Fiber aids in digestion, can contribute to a feeling of fullness (which may aid in weight management), and supports a healthy gut microbiome.
  • Full of Micronutrients – Pulses contain essential vitamins and minerals, including folate, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. These nutrients play crucial roles in various bodily functions, such as energy metabolism, immune function, and bone health.
  • Have Cholesterol-Lowering Properties – Consuming pulses regularly has been linked to lower levels of LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol), which is beneficial for heart health.
  • Reduce Risk of Chronic Diseases – Regular consumption of pulses has been linked to a reduced risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

Tips for successfully making delicious White Bean Blondies

First, understand what these blondies are and what they are not. These don’t taste like a boxed bar cookie mix. They’re yummy, but different… in a good way.

This white bean blondies recipe is meant to satisfy a sweet tooth in a more nutrient-dense way than some of my more indulgent, easy baking recipes. But of course, they do so without sacrificing on taste!

Don’t hold back with your food processor. Bits of garbanzo beans are fine in hummus, but not in a blondie. Make sure the mixture is very smooth.

Because these are made from beans + sugar, rather than flour + sugar, they never really get that dry, sugar crust on top that is characteristic of a bar cookie. I don’t find the difference in the texture of these blondies to be a problem, but I do think you should know this. They’re exceptionally moist.

I added the cinnamon and vanilla to help “soften” the flavor of the garbanzo bean. If you’re not a fan of cinnamon and chocolate together, you might prefer to leave the cinnamon out. But I promise it’s quite subtle.

Frequently Asked Questions about this recipe

Are these gluten free?

Yes. That’s one of the cool things about this recipe. Since you don’t use wheat-based white flour, these are safe for people who follow a gluten-free diet. 

Can I use other white beans like white kidney beans, great northern beans, or cannellini beans?

I would think so. Just know that I didn’t test any of those substitutions. 

Can I make this into a black bean version more like a brownie if I substitute black beans?

Maybe, but I didn’t test that option. Instead, I recommend trying this black bean brownies recipe. (It’s the recipe that originally inspired me to develop this blondie recipe.)

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Here’s a fun fact I bet you didn’t know. Pulses are such a historic part of ancient civilizations that pharaohs in ancient Egypt were actually buried with them! Who knew?!

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white bean blondies

Homemade White Bean Blondies Recipe


  • Author: Regan at This Baking Life
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 9 servings
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup regular sugar
  • 2 tablespoons oil, melted butter or melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking or old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet, milk, or dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F; coat an 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray, and set aside.
  2. Place chickpeas in bowl of a food processor. Process until very smooth. Add sugar, oil, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and eggs to bowl of a food processor. Process until very well blended and very smooth.
  3. Add oats and chocolate chips to bean puree, and pulse just until blended, about 10 pulses. Smooth batter using a rubber spatula into prepared pan.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Place whole pan of blondies on a wire rack and let stand at least 20 minutes before slicing. Store in refrigerator.
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 40 min
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: white bean blondies

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