Peanut Butter Chocolate Chickpea Bars (Vegan)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chickpea Bars (Vegan)

Spurred on by a jar of really good peanut butter, I was inspired to include one of the best food love affairs of all time—peanut butter and chocolate—in a healthy vegan bar you can feel really good about enjoying. You’ll never guess that this moist bar has a whole can of chickpeas in it; even the liquid (aquafaba) is used to replace eggs in this bar.


Yields 16 bars

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chickpea Bars (Vegan)
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Ingredients

  • 1 15.5-ounce can chickpeas, drained (reserved liquid)
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter, creamy
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup flour (white whole wheat, or may use gluten-free flour blend)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup chopped peanuts
  • ¾ cup dairy-free dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Drain chickpeas, reserving liquid. Place reserved chickpea liquid in a kitchen mixer bowl (or use an electric mixer) and whip until thick and foamy. Set aside.
  3. Place chickpeas, peanut butter, peanut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla in the container of a food processer. Process until smooth—about 3 minutes.
  4. Remove chickpea mixture from food processor and add to bowl with whipped chickpea liquid. Add flour and baking powder. Gently fold into the whipped chickpea liquid with a rubber spatula (so as not to break the emulsion) until smooth. Do not overmix. Fold in peanuts and chocolate chips.
  5. Spray a 9 X 9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Pour batter into pan and bake in the center of the oven for about 1 hour, until golden brown and firm.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool for about 15 minutes. Do not slice while warm, as the bars will crumble. When cool, slice into 16 bars.

Notes

*To learn more about making aquafaba, visit here: http://sharonpalmer.com/2016-01-21-how-to-make-aquafaba/ . *This recipe makes very moist, dense bars. Refrigerate leftovers. *Nutrition information per serving: 200 calories, 11.5 grams total fat, 4 grams saturated fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 122 milligrams sodium, 24 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams fiber, 8.5 grams sugar, 5 grams protein

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