Hi! I’m popping in on a weekend to share this lovely recipe with you all, because I think you’ll want to make them this week.
This recipe is for you guys! Or, ya’ll who like a sweet treat or CHOCOLATE after dinner. Actually, I think today’s recipe can appeal to everyone.
This month’s Recipe Redux theme was to create a meal or snack that is budget friendly. Most of my recipes are budget friendly, as 80% of them are vegetarian and based off grains. This is no different. I did the math according to ingredients at my local food market, and these chickpea bars came out to about $.75 per bar. Not too bad for a little protein and fiber rich snack with chocolate. Much cheaper than a candy bar or protein bar in the store!
Tip: Using chickpeas helps make for cheap recipes! I must be on a chickpea kick recently, considering I just posted these cheesy chickpea poppers.
I’ve been playing around with different chickpea blondie recipes for a while now. I wanted to find a way to throw a light crunch in there. Since I’m allergic to most nuts, those were out of the equation, but I do love seeds. So, the idea for these Sunflower Chocolate Chip Chickpea Bars were born.
You can, of course, substitute any form of nut butter for the sunflower butter, and add in any nuts. These are very out to customizable!
Since these bars don’t use any type of flour, they are rather light and chewy.
My favorite parts about these Sunflower Chocolate Chip Chickpea Bars:
You can mix it in your vitamix, ninja or food processor (no bowls needed!)
All of the ingredients are budget friendly
They are great on the go snacks!
High in protein and fiber
Gluten free and vegan
Chewy, moist and flavorful
The crunch of the chocolate chips and sunflower seeds are my favorite part. There’s not an overly sunflower flavor, but it is just enough.
I’ve been eating these by the snackful. Meaning, they offer a great morning and afternoon snack option.
- 15oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- ½ cup oats
- ½ cup sunflower seed butter
- ⅓ cup coconut sugar
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1.5 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
- ⅓ cup sunflower seeds
- ⅓ cup chocolate chips
- Sea salt, for sprinkling (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350. Rinse and drain chickpeas and place in ninja or food processor. Add in other ingredients and blend until smooth, adding sunflower seeds and chocolate chips in last.
- Spoon batter into 8x8 pan and spread evenly, sprinkling with sea salt.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until lightly browned and set. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before eating. Bars will harden slightly upon cooling.
- Store cooled bars in refrigerator for up to a week.
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Looking for more bars? You may like these chewy pumpkin hemp granola bars!
Don’t forget to check out the other delicious recipes from other Reduxers!