3 Healthy, Protein-Filled, Gluten-Free Desserts featuring Chickpeas

3 Healthy, Protein-Filled, Gluten-Free Desserts featuring Chickpeas

There’s arguably no better way to stomach healthy ingredients than by sneaking them into your favourite desserts.

From slipping kale to your cocktail to adding cucumber to your ice pops, there’s always a fun twist you can add to your sweet treats.

But are you skilled enough to include chickpeas seamlessly into your dessert recipes?

No, we aren’t kidding. This hard-to-utilize ingredient has tremendous health benefits – they’re a member of the exclusive super-healthy pulse family, and offer splendid neutral flavours.

They shouldn’t be limited to tahini’s sidekick in hummus recipes or salads. They’re ideal for adding a bit of nutritional value to your desserts. These following three dessert recipe ideas, courtesy of Health.com, are suited to anyone – they’re all gluten-free and vegan-friendly.

Cinnamon-Cranberry Chickpea Blondies

Good For: 16 bars

Ingredients

1 15-oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup smooth natural almond butter (about 4.5 oz.)
6 Tbsp. maple syrup
1/4 cup pitted dates (about 1.6 oz.)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins (about 2.75 oz.)


No-Bake Chickpea Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Good For: 28 cookies

Ingredients

1 15-oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup pitted dates (about 2.25 oz.)
1/4 cup smooth natural cashew or almond butter (about 2 oz.)
6 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 Tbsp. almond milk
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (about 3 oz.)


Secret-Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Good For: 5 people

Ingredients

6 oz. at least 70% dark chocolate, finely chopped (use dairy-free chocolate to keep it vegan, such as Hu Kitchen Simple Chocolate bars)
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
3/4 cup aquafaba (liquid drained from a 15-oz. can of chickpeas)
Generous pinch of salt
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1/2 tsp. instant coffee
1 tsp. vanilla extract

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