These delicious no-flour chocolate chip cherry blondies are made with a super secret ingredient that makes them extra healthy and delicious – chickpeas! The chickpeas do not impact the flavor of the blondies, they simply add a bit of protein to make them guilt free.
They’re also refined sugar free, as they are sweetened using honey (or maple syrup, for those of you that are vegan).
Instead of using eggs as a binder, these beauties use a mixture of ground chia seeds and water. If you are not familiar with chia seeds, they form a gel-like consistency when they come in contact with water.
Chia seeds are power-packed with tons of omega three fatty acids, protein, fiber and antioxidants. They are also considered a superfood among the health community.
First, you’ll want to grind up the chia seeds in the blender or food processor. Add in a bit of water, and mix until it forms a gelatinous texture. Next, you’ll add in your chickpeas (make sure they are completely dry, so the batter is not too liquidy), honey, salt, baking soda and vanilla extract. Next, you’ll blend it until it forms a thick batter.
Next, you’ll want to scoop the batter into a medium bowl, and add in a big ol’ scoop of chocolate chips. Any variety of chocolate works well here. Milk, dark, white – use whatever you like most! Stir until well incorporated.
Now it’s time to chop up those delicious cherries, woohoo! I just love when the fresh, ripe cherries arrive in the grocery store and farmer’s markets. They’re so full of flavor, vibrant in color and deliciously fresh.
You’ll have to be careful to remove all of the pits and stems from your cherries. This can take you a few minutes, but it’s worth the effort, trust me. They add an irresistable tartness to these chocolate chip cherry blondies.
Once they’re all chopped up, add them into that yummy looking batter. Dessert doesn’t get much healthier than this, am I right? Ok, so maybe they still have some sugar in the form of honey and chocolate chips, but as far as dessert goes, this is winning.
Next, you’ll want to spoon the batter into a medium baking dish and use a spatula to spread it evenly. I doubled the recipe, which is why my baking dish looks larger in the photos below. I recommend keeping the layer as thin as possible, as the middle tends to be more gooey the thicker they are.
The most amazing thing about vegan desserts is that you don’t have to worry about the egg in the batter, so go ahead and lick that spatula!
Don’t these puppies just look fantastic? They can be a little mushy on the inside if yours are thicker. Don’t feel like a failure if you can’t get them out of the baking dish in one piece on the first try. They’re simply delicious regardless of their shape on the dessert plate 🙂
Leave a comment below if you try these chocolate chip cherry blondies. I would love to hear your feedback!