You’ll never guess that these banana bread chickpea bars are made with chickpeas! They’re incredibly smooth, fudgy, and couldn’t be easier to make.

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Have you ever had a chickpea dessert? I know, it sounds SUPER weird. Beans in dessert? Trust me on this one, these banana bread chickpea bars are crazy good.

The chickpeas in these bars add moisture and the fudgiest texture of all. Each bite is super smooth and filled with banana flavor and chocolate chips. You can’t taste the chickpeas at all – fiancé approved!

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What is in banana bread chickpea bars?

Here are all the ingredients you need to make this recipe.

  • Bananas: Because it wouldn’t be banana bread without them! Choose very ripe bananas that have brown spotty peels for a sweeter, more pronounced banana flavor.
  • Chickpeas: These are the not-so-secret ingredient that add so much fudgy texture to the bar. I recommend using low sodium or sodium free chickpeas.
  • Maple syrup: This adds just enough sweetness to the bars.
  • Applesauce: Applesauce is one of my current favorite baking ingredients. It adds moisture to baked goods in place of oil or butter.
  • Oats: Instead of flour, these bars are made with oats, providing whole grain fiber to the recipe.
  • Cinnamon: This sweet spice adds classic banana bread flavor.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • Baking powder
  • Chocolate chips
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Tips for making this recipe perfectly

  • Use very ripe bananas. Wait until you have super ripe bananas to try this recipe. They should have several brown spots on the peel. Bananas get sweeter and have a more pronounced banana flavor as they ripen, which we want in these bars.
  • Use a food processor to blend ingredients. I recommend using a food processor over a blender to blend the ingredients together. Since there is very little liquid, the ingredients may get stuck in your blender, making it challenging to get a super smooth texture.
  • Use low sodium or sodium free chickpeas. Canned chickpeas without much added salt have a more mild flavor, which makes it easier to “hide” the chickpea flavor in these bars. You could also try this recipe with cooked dry chickpeas without added salt!
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Banana Bread Chickpea Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free)

You’ll never guess that these banana bread chickpea bars are made with chickpeas! They’re incredibly smooth, fudgy, and couldn’t be easier to make.

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x
  • Category: dessert
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Ingredients

  • 2 large very ripe bananas
  • 1 15 oz can sodium free chickpeas, drained and rinsed well
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all ingredients, except chocolate chips, in a food processor.
  3. Blend for 3-5 minutes until super creamy, with no chunks visible of chickpeas or oats. You may need to stop and scrape down the edges a few times.
  4. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into prepared baking pan and use a spatula to spread it into an even layer. Sprinkle top with additional chocolate chips, if desired.
  6. Baked for 33-35 minutes, until edges are beginning to peel away from the pan and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Let cool, then slice into 16 bars.

Notes

  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Keywords: banana bread chickpea bars, vegan, gluten free

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