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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

White Bean Blondies

I have been wanting to try Black Bean Brownies for awhile and just haven't gotten around to trying them yet.  Have you tried them?  I love the idea of replacing some of the unhealthy ingredients in desserts and replacing them with good for you things like beans.  What a great way to get extra fiber and protein and less carbs and fat!

When I was preparing to make the big pot of white beans for the salad that I shared with you here, I thought I would go ahead and cook all that I had so that I would have enough to use some of them in other dishes.  If you could make brownies out of black beans, why couldn't you make blondies out of white beans?  It made sense to me.  I knew that it couldn't be an original idea though so I did a Google search and I was right.  Someone had already been there and done that which was good for me.  No re-inventing the wheel here.  I could just make an alteration or two to make them my own and give them a try. 

While they were a little crumbly,  it didn't affect the taste at all.  It may be that we didn't let them cool long enough before we cut them.  My husband came in and was ready to try them immediately.  He ate a couple of pretty big pieces before I shared the secret ingredient.  Some things are better kept to yourself....at least for a little while.  I think he and Connor will agree that they are delicious.  

So without further delay, let me share with you....

White Bean Blondies
Adapted from The Professional Palate’s White Bean Blondies

1 (15.5-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
* I used 15 oz. of a mixture of dried navy beans and cannellini beans that I had cooked very simply with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Salt rather than using canned beans.

3/4 cup sugar 

2 tablespoons canola oil

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats

3/4 cup chocolate chips

Shredded Coconut
*I added a handful of it and didn't measure it.  Use your disgretion on this one.  Chopped pecans or walnuts would be delicious in there, as well.

Blend everything (except chips, oats and coconut, if you are using) in the bowl of a food processor in the order listed, pulsing between each addition.  Before adding the chocolate chips, oats and coconut, process mixture until very well blended and very smooth. Add the oats, chips and coconut, pulse just until blended. Pour into an 9- x 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray.

Cook at 350F for 35 - 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand at least 20 minutes before slicing. Store in refrigerator. 

This post is being shared here with
Miz Helen's Full Plate Thursday.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  We are getting our first visit from a Louisiana Thursday evening.  We are going to be off playing tourist the next few days.  Boston, Vermont, White Mountains, Seacoast/Maine....here we come!

Miz Helen’s Country Cottage


  1. I am extremely curious to taste these. they certainly look delicious!

  2. Who woulda thought! great idea for a substitute! Looks super yummy! I'm definitely trying this one!

  3. Yum! Wish I had one...warm from the oven with a glass of cold milk.


  4. They look really good. I have got to give this a try.

  5. We love our black bean brownies, so I can't wait to try these. I love that they have oats too :) Thank you for sharing this delicious-looking recipe.

  6. I can't wait to try these. I love learning how to incorporate healthy ingredients into baked food.

  7. What an interesting post! Who would've thought. But beans are such a good source of soluble fiber and protein, great idea to incorporate them wherever you can! Have fun with your company. Sounds like a great weekend coming up.

  8. You are so very creative in the kitchen my dear friend. Braver than I am. Enjoy your company! Look forward to reading all about the visit! ~Hugs, M

  9. I attempted black bean brownies once. And it was a total disaster. I think it was the recipe, though, because I know other people who've had success with them. These definitely look delicious!

  10. What an interesting recipe! I've never heard of that.

  11. I can't wait to try these!!

  12. Hi Candace,
    I just love your new photo of the old truck in the field. This is truly a classic. Your White Bean Blondies will be a perfect healthy treat. They look delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week. Have a great week end!
    Miz Helen

  13. Now this I will have to try! Thanks so much for sharing such an interesting dessert.


  14. Oh my goodness. These look amazing! I make a white bean coffee cake all of the time and it is amazing. Blondies would be an even better idea!! Will totally try these! ;)

  15. So glad you tried!

    For what it's worth, I spoke with the Meal Makeover Moms who also were tinkering with White Bean Blondies at the same time I was. Their first attempt was using navy, I believe, and they were too crumbly. I have a feeling the difference in texture/moisture b/n the various white beans is the difference... but I love the idea of using freshly prepared beans, rather than canned. I would live with crumbly for that! Thanks for sharing!

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