Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Bars

Peanut butter chocolate chip chickpea bars are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and super easy to prepare in your blender. Plus, they’re vegan and packed with fiber and protein for a healthful dessert!

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Looky here, it’s the cousin to the Double Chocolate Chickpea or Black Bean Brownies recipe I showed you a couple weeks back! Did you try them? Are you sold on bean-based treats yet? For this rendition of baked beans, we have a peanut butter-packed chocolate-studded blondie type of scenario made out of garbanzo beans…and you guys…UGH! It definitely gives the brownie a run for its money.

Oh, and, hey peanut butter lovers! Guess what day Wednesday was? That’s right…it was National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day. Regardless of what day Wednesday was or wasn’t, it has been quite a long time since I’ve posted a peanut butter treat. In fact, the last one was the Flourless Peanut Butter Skillet Cookie I showed you circa October 2015, and prior to that, the Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Coconut Milk Ice Cream from August of 2014. Methinks we were long overdue.

Back to my story.

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I did some serious contemplating over what to name these…

  • Chickpea Blondies
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bites of Pure Bliss
  • Barway to Heaven
  • Stop in the Name of Peanut Butter Love

..were some of the options I thought of.

Name calling aside, really all you need to know is they are PACKED with peanut butter flavor…they’re not one of those hint-o-pb situations…they are a HOLY peanut butter, there’s peanut butter in there, no mistaking it, no sir types of scenarios.

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Which reminds me…if you like peanut butter or if you’re intolerant/allergic to it, you can use any nut butter you’d like. Cashew butter would be my #1 recommendation for replacement, because have you had cashew butter? Dream boat.

And the chocolate…don’t forget the chocolate. I used a chopped up dark chocolate bar, but you can use your favorite chocolate chips – semi-sweet, milk chocolate, white chocolate, peanut butter for some double peanut butter action…you catch my drift.

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So we prep the bar batter in a blender by whizzing up everything but the chocolate. Add in the chocolate, transfer the batter to a baking pan, bake, and wait patiently as our home fills with the most amazing peanut butter-scented fog.

All in all, we end up with a grain-free, dairy-free, eggless, refined sugar-free vegan treat that we may as well call health food.

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Notes and Options for Change-Ups:

  • The peanut butter I used was a no-stir peanut butter. If you use an oilier or drier peanut butter, it could affect the consistency of the bars. If the peanut butter is on the dry end, consider adding more coconut oil. If on the oily end, consider omitting the coconut oil.
  • You can also prepare this recipe with cannellini beans (or black beans…it will just look kinda weird with black beans is all) instead of chickpeas.
  • For a cake-like consistency, omit the coconut oil and add 1 egg. Bake for the same amount of time.
  • You can use any liquid sweetener for this recipe, including coconut palm syrup, agave, and honey. If using honey, keep close watch on the bars, as honey has a lower burn temperature than other liquid sweeteners – check the bars after 25 minutes and go from there.

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It’s your party and you’ll peanut butter if you want to.

 

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Bars

Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 15 bars
Author: Julia
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Ingredients

  • 1 14-ounce can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed, see note*
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup pure maple syrup see note**
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon optional
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and line an 8" x 8" baking pan with parchment paper.

  2. Add all of the ingredients for the bars to a blender except for the chocolate. Blend until completely smooth. Stir the chocolate chips/chunks into the batter.

  3. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking dish and smooth into an even layer. Bake on the center rack of the oven for 25 to 35 minutes (mine took 35). 

  4. Allow the bars to sit 1 hour before cutting to help them set up (if you cut them before an hour, they will fall apart very easily). Cut, serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*You can also use cannelini beans or black beans

**you can also prepare this recipe with coconut palm syrup or agave nectar.

 

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  1. Shirley

    Julia, you posted this recipe at just the right moment….grand-kids are coming up for a sleepover. I can spoil them in a more healthy way. Not that I have to have children in the house to enjoy these.!

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  2. Bethany @ athletic avocado

    I’m drooling hard core at this recipe right now and I can’t stop looking at these gorgeous pics of these bars! Chocolate chips and PB were made for each other! Wishing I could sink my teeth into one of these babies right about now!

    Reply
  3. Melissa

    Hi, this sounds so brilliant and I really wanna make it today without going to the store. I’m out of cider vinegar and lemon juice, though – would either rice vinegar or lime juice work instead?

    Also, if i reduce the sweetener a little, would that be okay cuz I’m aiming for low-cost, low-sugar 🙂 thanks for your help!

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    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Melissa,

      For sure, you can use rice vinegar! The only purpose for the lemon juice/vinegar is to react with the baking soda, so really any acid will work. You can definitely reduce the sweetener as well. If you reduce it quite a bit and the batter looks too thick, you can add some almond milk to offset it and make it more liquidy, but I doubt you’ll need to do that 😉 Hope you enjoy!

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  4. Erin @ The Speckled Palate

    Ummmmm… I have a good feeling about these bars and how they’re going to be my new favorite. GORGEOUS! Also, that peanut butter! SWOON.

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  5. Beth

    I rarely make sweets but this recipe made me want to try it. OMG, they are awesome tasting and super addictive (thus the reason I rarely made sweets!). I brought them into the office today for everyone to try and they are getting rave reviews!!! Thanks for an awesome recipe.

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    1. Julia Post author

      Yaaaaas! I’m so thrilled to hear it, Beth! They’re definitely addicting so that was very smart of you to share with others…my belly wasn’t too thrilled with me when I consumed the first batch by myself in 2 days, ha! Thanks a million for your feedback! xo

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  7. Sylvia

    OMG these look so good I could practically smell them through the screen LOL!!!! I think this weekend is going to be my best shot at making these, and taking them to work Monday so I don’t eat them all myself 😉 Besides, I’ve been bragging that there are healthy treats that taste as good as the junk, so I hope to make converts of my heathen co-workers 😉

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    1. Julia Post author

      Yaaaas! I hope you enjoy them!! I’m the same way – I love making healthy treats and encouraging my friends and family to guess what they’re made of. They’re typically shocked when I say things like “beans” or “sweet potato” or “beets” lol! Thanks so much for your sweet note!

      Reply

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