fudge walnut brownies ~vegan, gluten free~

Since my post on Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies was such a hit with both my family and blog readers, I decided to make another batch!

This time, instead of cookies I used the dough to create fudgy brownies!  

Fudge Walnut Brownies ~vegan, gluten free~ Totally healthy and made with chickpeas...Shhh, no one needs to know :)

These brownies use the same healthy base of chickpeas, but has added antioxidants from cacao powder and omega 3 fatty acids from walnuts!

Let’s take a closer look at what chickpeas have to offer:

Fiber:  Chickpeas are chock full with fiber.  The soluble kind, which is key to lowering cholesterol.  In a recent study published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal eating 1 serving (3/4 cup) per day of beans or legumes lowers LDL levels by 5%.  Chickpeas also contain plant sterols, which are also proven to lower cholesterol levels.

Glucose Stability:  The combination of complex carbs, fiber and protein present in chickpeas keeps blood sugar levels from spiking.  So long hunger headaches!

Iron & Folic Acid:  Chickpeas are a great vegetarian source of iron as well as folic acid.  Both of these nutrients are essential for everyone, but especially important for pregnant women!

fudge walnut brownies ~vegan, gluten free~
Serves: 16
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup all natural peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • a heaping ¼ cup cacao powder or high-quality cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup chopped walnuts + ¼ cup for topping
  • ¼ cup mini-chocolate chips (vegan if necessary)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 8x8 baking dish with oil of your choice or cooking spray, set aside.
  2. Add chickpeas, peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cacao powder to a food processor. Blend until creamy. (this may take a few minutes!)
  3. Transfer mixture to a bowl and fold in ⅓ cup chopped walnuts.
  4. Evenly spread mixture into a greased 8x8 baking dish, top with ¼ cup chopped walnuts and ¼ cup mini-chocolate chips and cook for 20-25 minutes.
  5. Brownies are done when a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Cool, cut and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 128 Fat: 7 Carbohydrates: 14 Protein: 4

Fudge Walnut Brownies ~vegan, gluten free~ Totally healthy and made with chickpeas...Shhh, no one needs to know :)

Top with a little whipped coconut cream and you have a decadent dessert!

Like I said before, no one needs to know they were made with chickpeas!

Fudge Walnut Brownies ~vegan, gluten free~ Totally healthy and made with chickpeas...Shhh, no one needs to know :)


  1. Min   •  

    Hi Cristina! Saw this on Instagram and just head to check it out! I’ve never made brownies with chickpeas before, but I absolutely love this healthy twist. Pinned! I’m also happy to connect with another Recipe Reduxer ;)

    • beginwithinnutrition   •     Author

      Hello! Thanks for making the effort to visit from Instagram! I promise no one will know they are made with chickpeas, I fooled my whole family :)

  2. Linda   •  

    What a terrific idea to use chickpeas! Can one substitute Splenda (white or brown) in the same amount as the maple syrup?

    • beginwithinnutrition   •     Author

      Thanks Linda! You can definitely substitute a different sweetener. The maple syrup adds a little moisture, so you may need to add a few drops of soy or almond milk to compensate. If you do, let me know how they come out!

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