Chickpea Pumpkin Blondies

Chickpea Pumpkin Blondies

MenoLabs Recipes | Fri, Nov 27, 2020

This tasty dessert is hiding something.  Under all that pumpkiny goodness is a healthy serving of chickpeas, but you would never know it!

Chickpeas are a fantastic source of dietary fiber, which can improve digestive health. On average, one cup of chickpeas provides a whopping 35 grams of dietary fiber. Fiber is crucial to promoting probiotic health. A fiber-rich diet can help feed your gut microbiome. 

Did You Know

Fiber is crucial to promoting probiotic health. A fiber-rich diet can help feed probiotics. But how does fiber help probiotic health? There are four key benefits that come from eating a diet rich in fiber.

One, fiber slows the rate that sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream. When you eat foods high in fiber, such as beans and whole grains, the sugar in those foods is absorbed slower, which keeps your blood glucose levels from spiking which can lead to overeating.

Two, fiber makes your intestines work faster. When you eat whole grains rich in insoluble fiber, it moves faster through your intestines, which can tell your body that you are full.

Three, fiber cleans your colon. Fiber helps clean out bacteria and other buildup in your intestines, and reduces your risk for colon cancer.

Four, fiber helps keep you regular. A high-fiber diet helps you have soft, regular stool, reducing constipation.

Fiber helps feed your gut microbiome

Ingredients

  • 15.5 ounces chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup pumpkin purée
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Mix all the ingredients in a food processor.
  3. With a wooden spoon, fold the mixture to mix in any unincorporated parts.
  4. Line a 7 ½" x 9 ½" (or similar size) baking dish with baking paper.
  5. Spread the mixture in the pan. Top with any additions you like, i.e. walnuts.
  6. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

(Recipe adapted from Create Mindfully)

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