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These Chickpea Cookies Will Help Fuel Your Muscles

These blondies are a game-changer. Loaded with protein and fiber, they will satisfy your sweet tooth, while nourishing your muscles. Just be warned that they are addictive and it’s hard to stop at one.

Flourless Fudge Chickpea Blondies Recipe

Ingredients:
2 15 oz. cans chickpeas (about 4 cups), rinsed very well
2 cups pitted dates (if hard, soak in hot water for 10 minutes)
1 cup almond milk (or water)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup almond butter (any nut butter works)
3 Tbsp. flaxseeds (chia seeds also work) mixed with 10 Tbsp. water, mixed and set aside for 5 minutes
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 cups stevia-sweetened chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cupcake pans to use 24 or you can use liners. In a food processor, add chickpeas, dates, almond milk, applesauce, almond butter, flaxseeds mixed with water, vanilla extract and baking powder. Purée till smooth and creamy. This may take some time—make sure to scrape down the edges. Transfer your mixture to bowl, and fold in chocolate chips. Evenly distribute the batter into your cupcake holders, but be sure to not overfill them or the inside won’t cook and the outside will burn. Optional: Top with shaved chocolate or chocolate chips. Bake for 35–40 minutes, until golden brown. Cool for at least 1 hour before taking them out.

FREEZER TIP:
Line a tray with parchment paper, evenly distribute cookies and freeze— then you can put them together in a container or zip-top bag, and they’ll be easy to pull out one by one.

More Cookie Recipes:
Carrot Cake Spice Cookies Are The Perfect Travel Companion
You’ll Never Guess What Is In These Good-For-You Fudge Cookies

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Lottie Bildirici lives in New York. She blogs at www.runonveg.com and is a recipe developer and holistic health coach with a passion for running and eating clean while enjoying every bite. Creating recipes to recover faster and fuel your best workout, she believes food is medicine. Since we put a lot of stress on our body with running and working out, Bildirici believes in the importance of eating properly, so we don't stress our bodies more with improper fueling.