Monday, January 23, 2012

garbanzo bean blondies. or tannies.

ok so first of all, i'm sorry i closed down comments on the last post. i thought it would be helpful and it turned out being unhelpful. you all had some good things to say...so you emailed me or put them in the last post. anyway, sorry. that was weird of me.

SO, in awkward transition, toot... let's talk about beans in desserts, shall we? a lot of you tried and loved the black bean brownies. and 2 of you hated them. so, maybe give these guys a chance? i love blondies and these can compete with a regular fatty blondie any day. they were so good...even warm, these were so so so good. not lying.
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and you use your blender.
and these are pretty healthy.
still have sugar in them, but whatever.
gluten free too. BAM. (although i guess there's a debate about oats not being gluten free?)

so here's what you need:
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bean blender blondies
1 can of chickpeas
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup almond butter (or peanut butter)
1 egg
1/4 cup oats
1 Tbsp ground flaxseed(you generally can buy this anywhere)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chocolate chips (i prefer Ghirardelli chocolate chips)
i also think some nuts would be delicious in here. so maybe 1/3 cup chopped almonds. try it.

so what i did was just drained and rinsed the chickpeas and then dumped them in the blender. i give them a quick pulse to break them up. add the vanilla, almond butter and then mix. then add the egg, oats, flaxseed and mix. scrape down the sides if you need to. add brown sugar, salt, soda and baking powder and mix.
now don't over mix...just mix until everything is blended.

if your blender is not working right, you might have to help it along. while the blender is on, stir it with a spatula until it starts suck everything in the blades... and if all else fails, you can stir everything by hand. it will still be good. we now use a Vitamix and it gets the job done faster and better!
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at the end, throw in your chocolate chips and just mix those by hand. don't blender them!

you'll bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes. it's almost hard to burn these so don't worry when they are looking brown. instead of blondies, we could call these "tannies".
so let these cool for 20 minutes and then have at them. they are delicious warm!
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37 comments:

  1. have you ever had roasted chick peas? so so yummy! and good for you too!

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  2. To be uber gluten safe, you just have to check that they were manufactured in a place that doesn't process regular old flour. Think Bob's Mill. I have a good friend I bake for that helped teach me the tricks.

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  3. i'm loving these recipes, girl! :)
    thanks so much!
    xo

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  4. I was so bummed you turned off the comments because I really wanted to ask you about the marriage encounter you attended. I read the website about it but it's sort of vague. Any additional insight into it would be greatly appreciated!

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  5. Um yeah, so that's a beautiful spoon. I come from a long line of old ladies who collect spoons. And, curses, your post just made me realize that I think I'm going to be one of them...

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  6. These look yummy. And they're beautifully photographed!
    About oats and gluten--they don't contain gluten, per se, but they are typically produced on the same equipment that produces gluten-containing grains, and therefore are usually contaminated with gluten. You can buy gluten-free oats, though (I get Bob's Red Mill, at Whole Foods and other health food stores--they make both rolled and quick oats--and I know there are some other GF brands, too). I do that to be on the safe side with my child whose mental clarity and behavior seem to be somewhat affected by gluten. I figure as long as I'm eliminating something, might as well be sure I'm eliminating it all the way so I can know for sure if it's having an effect or not.
    Good luck with the GF craziness! Good for you for baking anyway!

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  7. Hi Jami, I just wanted to let you know that i made these today and they are amazing! My kids loved them! I also made a batch of the black bean brownies and were a huge hit with my kiddos. Thanks for inspiring me to make these you are awesome!

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  8. Apparently, I have a horrible blender because mine did not blend. I'll trust you that they're good!

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  9. yammi! oooh, i'm soo hungry right now!!! :D

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  10. yummy, i'm so starving right now!

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  11. love that you said "toot". you are officially my favorite.

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  12. I don't ever eat or make these on principle because I hate the term "blondie". URGGGGH! I know how crazy that is too. I'm only a lot crazy though. They do look delish however, so maybe I can make some termed bean blender baked goods. Yes?

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  13. @ hoboMomma, just call them tannies. seriously. i wanted to call them that but people wouldn't have know what to expect. and you HAVE to make them. so good.

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  14. keep em comin--love these healthy recipes!

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  15. the baby in my belly wants me to make these right now. i must go and be a good mom.

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  16. I may make these tonight! My baby has an egg allergy so a half of banana should suffice to replace the egg... I bet they'll be good! I'll let you know how they go. :)

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  17. I'll try these tonight!, my baby has an egg allergy so I'll be substituting with half a banana... I bet it'll be yummy!

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  18. I may make these tonight! My baby has an egg allergy so a half of banana should suffice to replace the egg... I bet they'll be good! I'll let you know how they go. :)

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  19. killing me with these bean pictures. next to chocolate. can't do it. now you KNOW i will be first in line in a few weeks but right now... i need my chocolate straight up. untouched by legumes of any kind. but i have no doubt these are amazing. for reals. ps... i have a friend moving to kansas city and i have doing the serious hard sell on your church. like i maybe teared up telling your story. i think it came off as dramatic emphasis not weirdness over my internet friend. pretty sure.

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  20. Just found your site. I've used beans in breads, cakes, pies and candy for years. Looking forward to new recipes to try.

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  21. Making these ASAP! After I get to the grocery to get some chickpeas. They look delish!

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  22. Making these this ASAP! As soon as I get to the store and get the chick peas. They look delish!

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  23. Making these ASAP! After I get to the grocery to get some chickpeas. They look delish!

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  24. Jami- I am really hoping that you read my prayer request. My cousin is 22 years old and was just diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
    If you would like to learn more about Heather you could visit here:
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    Or commit to prayer through her facebook page:
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    We appreciate all of your prayers

    God Bless

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  25. Am I the only one who missed the baking dish that you are suppose to bake these in? Should it be a 9x9 or a 9x13? Just trying to know before I make them.

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  26. I am sorry to say I was not thrilled with these.
    Followed the directions exactly and they just werent great. sort of OK
    i thought i could happily cut a bit of the sugar, add some nuts and call them granola bars or energy bars but they dont pass as blondies to me at all. Missing the rich, buttery, crispy, gooey bit and has a hint of the earthy, beany taste that just takes away from the good chocolate chips i wasted.

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  27. Aisha, bummer! Did they look like the picture? So strange that they tasted like bean to you...I didn't get that flavor at all when I made them. Interesting... Well at least you tried!

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  28. Is there any scientific reason why my "tannies" turned BLUE and GREEN while sitting out overnight? Anyone else had that experience? They taste even better now (less like chickpeas), but I can't figure out why they turned colors.

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  29. holly...what in the world...i have no idea why that would have happened. LOL

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  30. Hi!

    I tried these tonight and they were AMAZING. However, I had to make some adjustments since the brown sugar I had wasn't coming out of the sugar jar. I ended up using white sugar instead. I also added a little bit of nutella because I needed to use up the last bit in the jar. Anyway, they were so ridiculously good and i'm just in complete shock over it!

    My niece has Celiac and I can't wait to make them with her! Thank you so much for sharing it!

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  31. What is the best way to print this recipe?

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  32. shfinally! thank you. now i am going shopping.

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  33. Making these for my girl-date with Rachel tomorrow. Between the gluten-free, night sweats, and hearing difficulties, Lila and I have a lot in common!

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  34. you said it's almost hard to burn these... but it is possible, i assure you. i made them today and promised my daughter she could have one when she woke up from her nap (they were cooking when she went to sleep). i left the house about 10 minutes before they needed to come out but asked my husband to take them out for me (mistake). well, he called about 1.5 hours later and said he just realized that he forgot about them... when mary asked for one after waking up. i was kind of sad but he felt terrible so i got over it. i will say, normal blondies you could never eat after 2 hours in the oven but we had a family over tonight and went at them with spoons (straight out of the dish) and they're more than half gone. i have high hopes for next time. :) thanks, jami.

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  35. Just made these...even my uber picky niece had four. Awesome!

    I baked mine in a 9x13 pan, and made them in my VitaMix. My only change to the recipe was to use wheat bran instead of flax (because I couldn't find my jar of flax. haha)

    2 comments:
    1) These have a kind of distracting baking soda flavor to them. I would cut the baking soda down to 1/2 tsp. next time I think and just deal with slightly denser treats.
    2) Mine were almost overdone at 30 minutes. Glad I checked them! The top was the color of a latte, closer to "brownie" than "tannie". So, my advice would be to know your oven...and, like any other baked good, start checking them as soon as you can smell them.

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  36. I have been making these for years now. Thanks for posting this recipe!

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