Blondies

Flourless Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies with Sea Salt {vegan, gluten-free & healthy}
 

 

Prep time
5 mins

 

Cook time
20 mins

 

Total time
25 mins

 

 

 

Secretly healthy blondies made with chickpeas, peanut butter, and chocolate. Taste amazingly like peanut butter cookies. Flourless and no butter! Natural ingredients.
Author: Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com
Recipe type: Bar, Healthy, Vegan, Gluten-free, Snack, Dessert
Serves: 16

 

Ingredients
  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup all natural almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave nectar (you can also use honey if you’re not vegan)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup vegan (or regular) chocolate chips plus 2 tablespoons
  • sea salt, for sprinkling
 

 

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray 8×8 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a food processor, add all ingredients except chocolate chips and process until batter is smooth. Fold in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips, I like to use dark chocolate because it has less sugar but it’s up to you. Note: Batter will be thick and super delicious, so you could actually just eat it on it’s own!
  3. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan then sprinkle 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips on top. (The batter may stick to your spatula, so I like to spray my spatula with nonstick cooking spray first.) Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and edges are a tiny bit brown. The batter may look underdone, but you don’t want them to dry out!
  4. Cool pan for 20 minutes on wire rack. Sprinkle with sea salt then cut into squares. Makes 16 blondies.
 

 

Notes
Adding an egg to the batter will make it more cake-like, but not vegan.
You can use your favorite nut butter, just make sure it’s all natural.
Feel free to add in other things according to your dietary needs like nuts, dried fruit, or other types of chocolate.
 

 

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bar (1/16th of recipe) Calories: 120 Fat: 6g Carbohydrates: 13.5g Sugar: 6.9g Fiber: 1.8gProtein: 3.5g
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Final Project

Fear is not always bad. Fear is a hidden beauty with things in our lives. Fear is what has identified me. Fear has been the force in my transformation story.  When I began this class a few weeks ago, I was not sure what to think about it.  I wasn’t exactly sure how this was going to make any kind of impact on my college career.  I did know that I was going to have a easy summer and an A in the end.  It was an easy summer and I am cofident in the A even though I forgot two HW assignments.  The impact it made on my college career is to get back up and try again.  The book assignment helped me realize my identity, the hidden beauty within me and how fear brought all these things together to shape who I really am.  I don’t like fear to keep me from doing something and I enjoy.  I fought back when I was younger and didn’t let fear of failure from cooking determine my future of food.  My name is Sharon and I am a good cook!!!  I have a beauty inside me that takes fear and adversity and transforms it to the greater good.  I am married to a black man and at my wedding, the words of John were spoken “Perfect Love Cast Out all Fear”  I didn’t let a world of people I didn’t even know tell me who I could and couldn’t love.  I didn’t let a world of people I knew tell me who I could or couldn’t love.  My dad was disappointed in me and didn’t come to my wedding but before he died, he asked for my husband to pray for him.  My determination to not let fear rule me but rather I rule fear transformed my dad.  My final project will bring all of these things together.  My fear to cook, my fear to have someone tell me I wasn’t good enough and how fear taught me to be strong and identifies me today.

 

 

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Take Away 8

Hmmmm……..I am not sure of what I took away from tonight. Please no disrespect is intended at all and I understood what the point of the million questions was but it was really getting on my nerves.  I have been having a bad day and a half and so getting on my nerves right now is not hard to do but I had a hard time with the actually this and actually that.  These million questions and actually’s is the exact language of my 14yr old son right now.   VERY Annoying!!! But as I drove home tonight I thought about how I don’t allow my 14yr old to think in terms of actually or what if’s because if I can’t define it or have an answer then I typically shut him down and tell him to just listen and obey me with out question.  I need to allow him to think and explore and wonder. Maybe not today but perhaps tomorrow.  

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Take Away 7

Talking about the fear of rejection I have since my last class felt good.  I have been struggling with this road block of fear of rejection and fear that I am not good enough.  I am a strong willed person and I have decided to get back on the horse and ride.  Someone may ride better then me but that doesn’t mean I can’t ride.

I also took away from this class that you have to not just talk the talk but walk the walk.  I encouraged my classmate to do his HW but failed to do it myself.  The storm that night actually took out our home internet and I went to work expecting to do my take away at work but since work is so busy the second I walk in until 45 min after I am supposed to leave, I never got it done. I am going to submit it now and hope that the syllabus is correct when it says there could be partial points given for late posts……… (:

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Identity

Who are you?   A Child of God

Why are you here?  Because my mom and dad had sex

Is identity predetermined, or is it a result of experience?  I believe we are who we are because of experience

Does identity change?  Yes, I was just talking tonight with a friend about my thoughts and ideals of when I was 18yrs old and how I don’t think the same anymore because i have experience real life and things are not so black and white

Are you the same person you were when you started college?  No, I change everyday and the persons I encounter help me see the world differently.

Who do you want to be?  WOW……..I want to love without judgement and I want to be loved

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Take Away #6

Yesterday I took away new friendships.  I will remember laughter and growth.  I had lunch with an a friend of many years and 2 friends that are new to my circle. We laughter and we grew as we shared stories to get to know one another better. In the evening I took my class time and spent some very quality and much needed time with a very close and special person in my life.  Overall a very good day!!! I needed that evening time with my friend……thanks

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BLISS

What if life were like a box of chocolates?  Three hours of bliss was needed for me in my life.  It is so hard to take the time out of your day or week to just focus on relaxing.  On my way to work on Wed. the radio DJ’s were talking with a physchologist  about the importance of taking time for ourselves daily and went even further to say that sometimes its good for an employee to play hucky.  Our bodies, mind and soul need to take a break from life or else we are less productive at then when we allow ourselves time to relax and unwind.  

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