Healthy and Delicious Chickpea Brownies You Will Absolutely Love

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These delicious chickpea brownies are loaded with rich, deep chocolate.  If you are looking for a low-carb, healthy alternative to traditional brownies, then this recipe is for you!

dark chocolate chickpea brownies

I LOVE brownies, and I LOVE chickpeas. So when I saw a recipe for chickpea brownies in, I had to try it! I made a few slight tweaks, and I have made them several times since discovering the recipe. Since these have such few ingredients, they are super easy to make. A yummy but healthy dessert is hard to come by, so you are going to want to try this recipe for yourself. 

Can you taste the chickpeas?

Based on my opinion (and all who’ve shared feedback with me), my answer is that you cannot taste the chickpeas! The brownies just taste overwhelmingly rich and deeply chocolatey.  Since chickpeas have a mild, nutty flavor, they are imperceptible when blended with strong flavors of chocolate and coffee.

What are the health benefits of chickpeas?

While chickpeas can be used and cooked in a number of savory foods, they are also delicious in sweeter foods. Also, a huge benefit to using them in your recipes is that they are extremely inexpensive . You can get usually get a can of chickpeas at the store for less than a dollar. Chickpeas are also extremely high in protein, making them a fabulous non-meat substitute for vegetarians and vegans. They also contain a lot of vitamins, minerals and fiber. With this in mind, it is clear they are a wonderful and healthier option than processed flour.

dark chocolate chickpea brownies

What are the chickpeas replacing?

In this recipe, the chickpeas are replacing flour. As you all know, a normal brownie recipe is usually flour based (white flour, oat flour, or almond flour are common). The chickpeas are fully replacing the flour, which adds protein and other nutritional benefits without compromising the taste.

How did I adapt this from the original chickpea brownies recipe?

I made a few tweaks to the original recipe found here in The Roasted Root, a fabulous site for many wonderful recipes. After blending the ingredients per the original recipe, I stir in a 1/2 cup chopped pecans and an extra 1/4-1/2 cup of dark chocolate or semi-sweet chips. These additions add some texture and heft to the brownies. I also add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. These (especially the almond) add more depth of flavor.

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What if you don’t like coconut?

If you do not have coconut sugar, you can substitute light brown sugar or white sugar. Coconut oil can be replaced with avocado oil, vegetable oil, or a mild olive oil (nothing fruity or peppery).

Watch Me Make Chickpea Brownies

In the short video below, you can see me making these blender dark chocolate chickpea brownies. If you make these yourself, please let me know how you enjoy them. As always, thank you so much for stopping by. Be blessed and stay savvy!!!

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Dark Chocolate Chickpea Blender Brownies

A delicious and healthy alternative to traditional brownies!


  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon coffee grinds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup lightly toasted chopped pecans
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (divided into 1/2)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla flavor
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond flavor


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Line a 9 x 9 (or similar) pan with parchment paper.
  3. Add chickpeas, eggs, cacao powder, coconut sugar, coconut oil, coffee grinds, baking powder and 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips to the blender.
  4. After blending until smooth, stir in pecans and remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
  5. Pour into pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove when brownies look set.
  6. Let coo,l and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 235Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 32mgSodium 58mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 3gSugar 18gProtein 4g

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  1. Hi Lisa!!! I actually keep a jar of espresso coffee in my pantry and use that for cooking. It is a finer ground~not gritty!!! It is where coffee is sold usually at the top shelf!!

  2. Hi Jamie,
    Question about the coffee grounds – is this coffee fresh from the bag or can? Or leftover from making coffee, or instant coffee? I’m familiar with using instant coffee in baked goodies, but not actual ‘gritty’ coffee grounds.


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