Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars {Chickpea Brownies}


Okay, so raise your hand if you love warm, gooey, melt-in-your-mouth ddddddelicious chocolate chip cookies….if you don’t have your hand raised, I’m questioning your character {kidding, sort of 😉 }. Also, if you don’t have your hand raised, I bet you will after you try these! Y’all, this recipe is UH-MAZING and you can go back for seconds {or thirds} without feeling guilty. There is NO flour and NO added sugar… and yes, they still taste yummy! 

And you are getting a decent amount of protein since the main ingredients are beans and nut butter! You also get a decent amount of carbs because of the beans, BUT the beans are also a good fiber source, keeping the glycemic impact low. I call that a nutrition win! 

I made these for a dinner party and served them with a scoop of ice cream! They were a hit and the best part was no one could tell they weren’t “real” chocolate chip cookies! Even the picky eaters devoured it. Success!! image.jpg

Enjoy! <3 Norma

Chickpea Brownies

Norma Powell, MS, RD, CDN
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 12


  • 2 15 oz cans garbanzo beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup all natural smooth nut butter I like to use almond butter, but peanut butter works too
  • cup honey
  • 4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ + ⅓ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • sea salt
  • chopped pecans optional
  • non-stick cooking spray


  • Preheat oven to 350 and spray 9×13 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a food processor (or a really good blender) add all ingredients except chocolate chips and process until batter is smooth. Then stir in 2/3 cup of chocolate chips.
  • Spread batter evenly in prepared pan then sprinkle the remaining 1/3 cup {or your desired amount} of chocolate chips on top {& pecans if using}. Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and edges are starting to brown.
  • As soon as you remove the brownies from the oven, sprinkle lightly with sea salt {this step really takes it to the next level}. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes. Cut into squares and serve!
Keyword brownies, chickpea, dessert

2 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars {Chickpea Brownies}

  1. These look fabulous – and those 2 little dogs are sooo adorable! I’m new to these types of recipes but I’m catching on fast😊 thank you for posting

    1. Hi Susie!! Thank you for your comment! I’m so glad you are going to give these a try– you will love them! Let me know how it goes!! Happy Thursday!

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