Vegan Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Blondies! These gluten-free and refined sugar-free pumpkin blondies are filled with warm pumpkin spices and whole foods, such as rolled oats and chickpeas. It may sound strange to make blondies with beans, but trust us, they’re delicious. So are our Spicy Black Bean Brownies if you’re looking for a double dose of easy vegan desserts.
This post was originally published on November 11, 2014 and updated on September 2, 2019.
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EASY PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP BLONDIES
Let’s slide right into September with a pumpkin dessert recipe, shall we?
You know you’ve been waiting for it since Starbucks launched their pumpkin spice coffee in August.
However, here we are in September, and we think it’s perfectly fine to bust out this divine vegan pumpkin blondies recipe.
After all, it’s a short season, so we may as well make the most of it.
You’re going to love these! They’re part pumpkin bars, part pumpkin brownies, and part chocolate chip pumpkin cookies.
It’s like eating three desserts in one.
A GLUTEN-FREE PUMPKIN BAR RECIPE THAT’S MADE WITH CHICKPEAS.
Now before you close your computer or turn off your phone, hear us out.
We know that it sounds strange to make a dessert with beans.
You’re probably imagining an earthy flavor and a weird texture. We get it.
Would we do that to you? Of course not!
These easy pumpkin blondies are so delicious, and the texture is exactly right.
They’re chewy and just perfect.
They’re also made with healthy whole foods. That’s right, a healthier pumpkin dessert to get you through fall.
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN CHICKPEA PUMPKIN BLONDIES?
- We start with gluten-free rolled oats that we grind into a powdery flour.
- Then we add a little baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin spices.
- Now, add the 30 ounces of chickpeas.
- Next, you’ll add some melted coconut oil, pumpkin puree, dates, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.
- Finally, vegan chocolate chips.
- Nothing strange, nothing processed (unless you consider pumpkin puree processed), just healthy whole food ingredients.
HOW DO YOU MAKE VEGAN AND GLUTEN-FREE PUMPKIN BLONDIES?
You’ll need a food processor for this recipe. It’s the only way to get the chickpeas to break down the way They’re supposed to.
Preheat the oven to 350° and lightly grease a 9-inch square cake pan.
Grind the oats in the food processor until it’s a powdery flour.
Add the oat flour to a large mixing bowl and whisk in the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices until they’re completely combined.
Put the chickpeas and melted coconut oil in the food processor and puree until smooth and creamy.
There shouldn’t be any visible pieces of the chickpeas.
Add the pumpkin puree, dates, vanilla, and maple syrup and process until all of the ingredients are completely blended.
Remove the blade from the food processor and using a spatula, scrape the pumpkin mixture into the bowl with the flour.
Stir in the chocolate chips until just combined. Don’t over mix it.
Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared dish and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and the surface is lightly cracked. Let cool on a rack.
HOW TO STORE PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP BLONDIES
Because there’s a lot of moisture in these from the pumpkin, we recommend storing them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
You can also freeze them in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months. Defrost in the refrigerator.
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VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHIP PUMPKIN BLONDIES
- food processor
- 1 ½ cups ground oats processed in a food processor until it becomes flour. Buy gluten-free oats to make this GF.
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 30 ounce cooked chickpeas drained and rinsed well
- ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
- 1 cup organic pumpkin puree
- 4 Medjool dates pitted and soaked in water for 30 minutes so they break down easier
- 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoon pure maple syrup do not use fake syrup
- 2 cups vegan chocolate chips we use Enjoy Life brand
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C) and grease a 9-inch square pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk the 1 ½ cups oat flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon nutmeg until well combined.
- Add the 30 oz of chickpeas and ⅓ cup melted coconut oil to a food processor and puree until smooth and creamy. There shouldn’t be any visible pieces of the chickpeas.
- Add the 1 cup of pumpkin puree, 4 dates (drain the water and remove pits and any hard ends), 2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoon maple syrup and process until all of the ingredients are completely blended.
- Carefully remove the blade in the food processor and use a spatula to scrape the pumpkin mixture into the bowl with the flour. Add the chocolate chips and stir until just combined. Don’t over mix it.
- Spread the mixture evenly into the baking dish and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and the surface is lightly cracked. Let cool on a rack.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze in a freezer safe container for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator.
I’m not a baker so unsure if I could sub apple sauce or banana for the oil. What do you think? These look so yummy!
Linda Meyer says
Hi Trish, I would try using apple sauce because it won't change the flavor like banana will. You could also use flax seed eggs. Try 3 tbsp of ground flaxseed plus 9 tbsp water. Mix them together and let them thicken. Please let us know how it turns out.
Lori D. says
Your photos are just stunning! I'm glad this recipe is also gluten free! 🙂
Linda Meyer says
Thank you, Lori! You're so nice!. 🙂