A new healthy(ish) treat in town

There’s a new treat in town! And it’s good. Very good. Think healthy(ish) blonde brownies. They’re chewy, gooey and chocolatey. My definition of amazing. I made them for a bunch of gals a few weeks back and they seriously dug them. When my kids aren’t sneaking them on the sly, I’m covertly wrapping them in tin foil and hiding them away on top of the fridge for myself. And while they still are a treat (i.e. not for regular or unchecked consumption), they still pack a good punch of protein, fiber and healthy fat. So, without further ado…

healthy(ish) blonde brownies

Healthy(ish) Blonde Brownies


  • 3/4 cup smooth nut butter (I prefer to use peanut butter, but it also turns out great with almond butter)
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mash the garbanzo beans in a large bowl. I use whatever method necessary to get them as smooth as possible. Hands, fork and then handheld blender.
  3. Add the nut butter and mix well.
  4. In another bowl, mix the coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.
  5. Add the coconut sugar mixture to the large bowl and mix. Then add the chocolate chips.
  6. Spray a small baking dish (9×9 is perfect) with coconut oil.
  7. Spread the mixture into an even layer in the dish.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes or until cooked through. Let the brownies rest for a few minutes and then dig in.

healthy(ish) blonde brownies

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  • Reply
    Jennifer SZ
    04/26/2016 at 12:54 am

    These look yummy Natalie! I’ve tried sneaking my fair share of healthy ingredients into baked good, but I have yet to try garbanzo beans in brownies! Just a quick question, I know you are a vitamix lover like I am….is there a reason that you don’t smash them in a vitamix? Is it a sticky gooey mess? Just thought I’d get your two cents before I attempt it myself. lol.

    • Reply
      04/26/2016 at 8:12 am

      I did that on my first go. Too sticky and gooey for sure. And it didn’t seem to get it smooth enough either.

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    Katie @ adultingdaily
    04/26/2016 at 6:29 am

    Sounds great! I’ve never used garbanzo beans in brownies before

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    Love Of Mode
    04/27/2016 at 8:37 am

    I’ve also seen red bean brownies but I never tried either of them. hmmm… I might give this recipe a try today. Nothing beats bad weather like a good batch of brownies!


    Tamara – http://www.loveofmode.com

    • Reply
      04/27/2016 at 11:36 am

      Amen! Has spring not sprung where you’re at? Red bean brownies… Interesting.

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