|Gooey Grain Free Pumpkin Spice Blondies!|
Obligatory Fall pumpkin spice dessert recipe comin' atcha today, but trust me...this one is WORTH being officially basic.
When it comes to baked goods, I'm a fudgy/gooey/dense/almost underbaked kinda gal. Case and point, My Holy Fudge Black Bean Brownies are still my all-time fave dessert. And beans REALLY do the trick when that's your end goal!
So I decided to use chickpeas as the base of this ridiculously decadent-tasting blondie, and they work so well! I know it sounds bizarre, but you can't taste the chickpeas at all. Their function is to add creaminess, a rich flavor and FIBER, which makes them super satisfying. Then, of course, we can't forget the star...pumpkin puree!
Like applesauce, pumpkin puree is a great substitute for oil in recipes. It adds moisture and helps bind ingredients together. Pumpkin is low in calories, but it contains iron, Vitamins A and E and hey, more fiber! Did I mention this recipe is awesome for your digestion?!
Pumpkin puree on its own doesn't have a ton of flavor (IMO), but it pairs beautifully with warming spices like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. I like to go pretty heavy-handed on my Autumnal spices, but feel free to play with what your tastebuds like best!
And, of course, the chocolate chips are absolutely clutch in this recipe, because when aren't they welcome with open arms?! The more the better, and you could also toss in some chopped roasted pecans or walnuts, or even dried cranberries.
BEST of all, this recipe literally couldn't be easier. You just chuck everything in the blender or food processor, stir in the CC's (plus whatever other add-ins you like) and bake. Voila!
Happy pumpkin-ing, my loves!
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