Chickpea Blondies- Running on Veggies


Happy Monday!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to congratulate me on my Half Marathon this weekend! I have a race recap of the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Half Marathon coming up this Wednesday, but if you did not know, I had a very positive race, in the pouring rain to finish 3rd woman (29th overall) out of over 15,000 runners! I felt strong, and I averaged 5:44 a mile, which gives me a lot more confidence that I will be ready for London next month.

While I was in DC, I was able to spend a whole day with one of my best friends, Frances, and we had a wonderful day together, and of course enjoyed pie for pie day! I also was able to meet up with my Meatless Monday co-host, Deborah Brooks from Confessions of a Mother Runner! We said that next time we meet up, we definitely need to cook together. We chatted away, and the time absolutely flew by!

Meatless Monday Hostesses

Speaking of Meatless Monday, it is already upon us again! Today I have a special treat forChickpea Blondies you; my first guest post in a long time, and my first Meatless Monday guest recipe! Today I am honored to share this Chickpea Blondie recipe with you from Running on Veggies! I have loved her blog for a long time, and I was so excited to give you a brand new recipe from Lottie, that she just created last week! If you do not follow her on Instagram yet, you need to! You will be drooling!

I made these blondies yesterday, and they are DELICIOUS…although not as pretty as Lotties! You know me and my sweet tooth, and these were exactly the kind of thing that can satisfy them to actually trick my sweet tooth, rather than just make it angry….my sweet tooth is very good at knowing when I am trying to pull the wool over its eyes 😉

Have a Marvelous Meatless Monday! What are you going to share with us today?

Elite runner Tina Muir shares a delicious healthy dessert from Running on Veggies. These chickpea blondies are the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth, without worrying about your training.

Running On Veggies Chickpea Blondies

Serves 16

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes


1 can of organic chickpeas (rinsed very well) 15oz

2 cups of dates soaked in hot water

2 1/2 tablespoon of flaxseed with 6 tablespoons of warm water (set aside for 10 minutes)

3 tablespoons of apple sauce

1/4 cup almond butter

3/4-1 cup almond milk or water

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

pinch of salt

1 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

1/2 cup chopped raw almonds

1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (stevia sweetened)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine all ingredients in a food processor, except the chopped raw almonds and chocolate chips. Blend until smooth, and there are no chunks.

Fold in the crushed almonds and chocolate chips.

Pour batter into 16 muffin pans.

Bake for 40 minutes.

Allow to cool for 1 hour before taking them out of the pan.

Nutritional information

220 calories, 8g fat, 50mg sodium, 33g carbohydrates, 6g fiber, 7g sugar, 0mg cholesterol, 7g protein

Did you race this weekend?  What sweet treat can you use to trick your sweet tooth? Don’t tell me fruit….that doesn’t work for me 😉


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  • carla birnberg
    March 16, 2015 5:45 am

    OH OH OH THESE ARE AWESOME (she shouts!) and it’s spring break and we’ve gots lottttsa time (and chickpeas) to bake together too.

  • Can’t wait to hear more about the race! Congrats!

  • I have yet to try these blondies, but have tried black bean brownies. Congrats on the race. Send some of that 5:44 pace my way for this upcoming weekend please!

  • I can’t wait to try these! How easy and how amazing they sound.

    And you, young lady, ran a spectacular race! Congrats!!! Definitely a great sign of things to come in London.

    Next time you come through DC, I want to meet up, too! (although this weekend I had five soccer games and two basketball games to watch so it couldn’t have happened)

  • Geez you are so sloowwww (obviously just kidding!) Congrats! I haven’t done many bean based brownies–I have a feeling they would tear up my stomach, but I have used chickpea flour before (which is pretty dense). Excited to hear more about the race!

  • I’m so excited you two got to hang out! And Tina CONGRATULATIONS on the RACE you are wonder woman for sure! I’ve never made brownies with beans before! Have a great day recovering friend!

  • So happy for your great race! Those conditions looked miserable but clearly they didn’t hold you back! Those blondies look delicious!

  • Yumm – I have been craving blondies and ignoring it for some reason, but you posting these means that I definitely need to make some soon! I’ve never baked with chickpeas and am very intrigued with this recipe. Thanks for sharing. And congrats on the race! Glad you and Deborah got to meet up in person.

  • Congats on the awesome time. I’m serously drooling over these blondies! i make a similar recipe with apples inside – they are killer! Thanks for hosting Tina

  • ooh yummy never would have thought of combining those ingredients into a blondie. Thanks for clueing me into her site I am now following her too. so awesome to hang with you! You really “rocked” that race friend and looking forward to reading all about it. Happy Meatless Monday!

  • Those blondies look awesome. And woohoo- fantastic race, Tina!!! And what a huge confidence booster for your marathon. Can’t wait to read the race recap!

  • Jessica Joy @theFitSwitch
    March 16, 2015 9:50 am

    Tina, I am anxious to read that recap! I just started following your blog, and I always love your comments on my blog. REALLY looking forward to getting to know you more and soaking up your positivity. And, this recipe looks AWESOME and perfect for my kids. OOOOooh….I would feel so sneaky smart! And, my sweet tooth is totes tricky too! haha

  • Great average for the half!! So awesome! And those blondies sound absolutely amazing!!

  • Michele Rosen
    March 16, 2015 10:34 am

    Amazing on the race!! A huge congrats to you, and I’m looking forward to the recap 🙂

  • CONGRATS on a awesome half marathon….DANG woman you are fast! So glad you did well despite the yucky weather…Happy Monday! XOXO

  • Those gems look so tasty! I don’t trick my sweet tooth because I end up trying to fill the sugar void with 567744 worth of calories and I end up eating whatever it was that I was craving in the first place anyway!

  • Congrats on the race – can’t wait to read more about it! These blondies look good – I like how many whole foods are packed into them!

  • Oh I’ll take a dozen please!!

  • Hi Tina! Amazing work on your race! That’s incredible, so keep it up! And these blondies sound soo good. I love chickpeas and having them as part of a treat? YES! 🙂

  • Mmmm, these look yummy! I made some PB bars not long ago, and the hubby said he thought the pb actually took away from the yumminess. First I said he was crazy, but then I was like, so you just want blondies then? He said he didn’t know what a blondie was!!! He really is crazy, I think. 😉

  • So nice that she created this recipe for your Meatless Mondays! It looks awesome!

    Excited to hear about your half-marathon!

  • Lauren Edwards
    March 16, 2015 2:05 pm

    What a fun recipe! And so healthy too. I give my daughter these chocolate muffins made with zucchini and carrots all the time because it’s a great way to sneak her extra vegetables. I bet she would love these too!

  • Julie Wunder
    March 16, 2015 2:52 pm

    Oh wow! These look amazing!
    Congratulation on your great run this weekend. You killed it!

  • Yum! I haven’t made my famous chickpea brownies in awhile. You’re making me crave them. So glad to hear you guys got to meet up this weekend. Can’t wait to hear about the race!

  • how fun! what a great time together and of course I love this recipe. BLONDE for the win! LOL!

  • Congratulations once again for an amazing performance! So excited for you, and these look delicious- I’ll have have to look up vegan chocolate chips sweetened with stevia, not sure I’ve seen those. xoxo

  • So bummed we didn’t get the chance to meet up, but amazing race my friend! congrats!! I’ve made a similar blondie, but I like the changes in this recipe. I’ll definitely have to try it out!

  • Yum, I love that these are vegan! And sugar free and gluten free! Awesome 😀 I need to make these. And congrats on 3rd, that is amazing!!

  • I love when your meatless Monday recipe turns out to be vegan!!! These look delicious.

    Congratulations on your awesome race! I know the weather was terrible (but at least it wasn’t 90 degrees 🙂 ), but you did so well in spite of the bad conditions!

  • Hi Tina, Congratulations to you for your half marathan. Thanks for hosting Meatless monday.
    These chickpea-blondies are awesome, I feel like eating now.

  • Can’t wait to hear about the race!!! 5:44 average mile = you are a rockstar 🙂

  • Oh yum these look amazing. And well done on your AWESOME half marathon. Absolutely flying! You’ll smash London for sure.

  • Yum! I have tried using blackbeans for brownies before but never chickpeas for BLONDIES! What a great idea. can’t wait to try this 🙂

  • oooo how yummy! pinning 🙂 Can’t wait for your race recap!

  • Super job on your race!! Can’t wait for the recap. And these blondies look amazing!

  • Wow – I’m always impressed when people can take an ingredient like chickpeas and use them in a sweet dish!!
    Can’t wait to hear all about your race!

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