Lets just preface this whole post and recipe by saying these chickpea brownies are not your typical brownie. And I am ok with that. So, if you make them, you should be ok with that too. That isn’t to say that regular, baked ooey-gooey brownies don’t also have a place at the table. They sure do in my book. But, if you want to try something a little lighter and a no-bake version, these chickpea brownies might just do it. They are vegan, contain no refined sugar and are gluten free, plus they have lots of fibre and protein. Curious? Read on…
I have tried A LOT of protein powder over the years and while some are great, a lot aren’t. Not only in terms of taste, but also quality and ingredients too. Most of the protein powders on the market have lots of fillers, questionable ingredients and come in those giant tubs that bodybuilders love. Well, those are gonna be a hard no for me. If I am going to be adding a protein powder to my smoothie or anything else, it has to be QUALITY. And also, taste great. If you want to read more about protein powder, have a look at this post where I break it all down.
When I heard about Botanica Health’s Perfect Protein, I was intrigued. It’s made with only a small handful of ingredients and people RAVED about how great it tasted. So when they reached out to me to try their protein powder, I said yup! I tried out the chocolate because if you didn’t already know, I am kind of obsessed with chocolate and I have some nearly everyday. I will for sure be trying the vanilla next.
The protein blend comes from brown rice, quinoa and coconut, all of which are sprouted and fermented making it easier for digestion. Then the only other additions are cocoa and vanilla. I love that these powders are not only minimal in ingredients but they also don’t add any sweeteners of any kind. This way, I can control exactly what and how much I want to add. They are also organic, dairy free and gluten free which is great for anyone with a gluten or dairy sensitivity.
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I knew that I wanted to add this protein powder to a baked good of some kind. But I didn’t want to cook with it as heat can diminish some of the nutrients in it. Plus, with it being summer, the oven only goes on in my place for urgent items. And if I can get away with not turning it on, especially for a dessert and for brownies then you better believe it’s staying off. As I said in the beginning of this post, these chickpea brownies are not your typical brownie. First of all they contain no flour, so the texture is very different. Second, they are no-bake meaning, they are much softer than a typical baked brownie. Honestly, I love them. the real test came when I had Sam try them. He is so picky when it comes to desserts and especially brownies. Plus he does not like the taste of protein powder. And he has a super power where he can detect them in anything I make. So I had my work cut out for me. I didn’t tell him there was protein powder in them, but I did say these are made with chickpeas and gave him fair warning that these chickpea brownies are in fact very different than what he may be used to. Immediately, he had a worried look on his face, but he tried it. And he liked them! It’s always a success to me when he likes something. It’s not that he is picky, but he is honest and he likes his desserts sweet and on the more traditional side. And so if he doesn’t like something, I’ll know about it.
So if you want to make these chickpea brownies too, just know that they are not your typical brownie. These ones contain no refined sugar (so long as you find chocolate chips that aren’t made with sugar, I like these ones) and no flour. They are intensely chocolate-y, melt in your mouth and a fun treat for the summer.
Alright so let’s get to some chickpea brownies, shall we?
Make the date paste first and marvel at how creamy and delicious it is. Remember, this was made from DATES!
The dough, once everything is incorporated…
The raw version of the brownie, just waiting to be popped into the fridge or freezer.
Make sure to keep them in the fridge or freezer if you want them to last longer. And serving it with a glass of almond milk, a dollop of coconut whipped cream or nut butter is also a really good idea.
And the final product of course…
Want to enjoy some high protein, vegan and gluten free chickpea brownies? You gotta try this no-bake recipe for the ultimate sugar free dessert.
Line a 9 x 11 square pan with parchment paper, use coconut oil on the pan to keep the paper in place.
Pit the dates and add to a blender or food processor with 3-4 tbsp water. Blend on high until the mixture is smooth, this is your date paste.
Drain and rinse the chickpeas and add them to the date mixture and blend again.
Add the remaining ingredients into the blender/food processor (except the chocolate chips) and mix until combined.
Pour the mixture into a bowl and add the chocolate chips and stir it around until they are incorporated.
Add the mix into your lined pan and smooth the top layer, add some more chocolate chips on top.
Place in your fridge or freezer to set. If placing in the freezer, leave it for about 45 minutes and in the fridge, about an hour or longer. I like to leave it in the freezer until it's really cold, then I cut into squares and put it in the fridge.
For the chocolate chips, I kept them sugar free by using Lily's stevia sweetened chocolate chips. They taste great!
I used a mix of raw cacao powder and cocoa powder for this recipe. Raw cacao has more nutrients. minerals etc., however cocoa has a subtler taste. You can go for either or in this recipe, depending on your preference.
Please note this post was sponsored by Botanica Health, meaning they have compensated me for my time and provided product to me to try. As always, all opinions expressed are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Holistic Foodies possible. This post contains affiliate links which I could receive a small commission if you purchase. Regardless, I stand behind all of these products and services.
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Tell me, what is one dish that you made healthy and ended up loving the results?