Flourless chickpea brownies are fudgy, chocolatey, decadent, naturally sweetened, and wholesome! They’re made with just 5 ingredients for the perfect any-time snack.
This recipe was originally published in November 2018. It has been updated for content, photos, and video.
If you’ve been following along the blog for a while, you know I just LOVE sneaking nutrients into all of my dishes, including dessert.
Just like my chickpea cookies, no one will guess that the main ingredient in this decadent treat is chickpeas!
The taste is out of this world amazing, and the texture is rich and fudgy, all without the guilt.
Who knew chocolate and chickpeas would marry so well together?? OH! Don’t forget to try my chocolate covered chickpeas next.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I made these today for the first time! I’m trying to eliminate flours and sugar and was craving something sweet! This was soooo yummy! I will definitely make it again and again! My very picky kids also loved it! My daughter who doesn’t like chocolate, hummus or peanut butter, absolutely loved them!! So funny! Yummm! Thank you for always providing tasty and healthy recipes!! ❤ – Michelle
Why you’ll love these!
- Wholesome!! Feel good about the vitamins and minerals these chickpea brownies bring to the dessert table!
- Great flavour! Lightly sweetened, with a rich chocolatey flavour, but not overwhelmingly sweet. It’s just right. 😉
- Naturally sweetened. Dates sweeten these delicious, fudgy bites which keeps them free from refined sugar! No artificial sweeteners are needed.
- Easy to make. These chickpea brownies are so simple to prepare and come together in your food processor with minimal prep needed.
- Allergen friendly. These incredible treats are vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, and flour-free. PLUS, they’re also oil-free, making them suitable for my WFPB eaters. Lastly, with a simple swap, these can be made nut-free by skipping the optional walnuts and using sun butter instead of nut butter.
Here’s everything you’ll need to make these incredible chickpea brownies.
- Dates: Use pitted dates for convenience or Medjool dates for extra sweetness and remove their pits. If your dates appear very dry, soak them first in hot water for 10-15 minutes and then drain them.
- Chickpeas: Use canned or cooked chickpeas. Also known as garbanzo beans.
- Aquafaba: The liquid remaining from a can of chickpeas, or the liquid remaining after cooking dried chickpeas. This acts as the egg replacer and helps bind the ingredients, so don’t skip it.
- Peanut Butter: Use natural peanut butter without oil or sugar added. (The kind that is JUST peanuts.) Or try these with cashew butter, almond butter, or another nut butter of your choice.
- Fill-ins: Walnuts and dark chocolate chips are optional fill-ins, but recommended for added flavour and texture.
(This is a summary with step by step photos, full recipe measurements and instructions are in the recipe card below.)
Drain your chickpeas in a bowl to reserve the chickpea liquid. (AKA aquafaba.)
Add the dates and water to your food processor and process until mostly smooth. (photo 1)
Then add the chickpeas, cacao powder, peanut butter, aquafaba, and blend. (photo 2)
NOTE: Process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides, as needed. Once smooth, add the optional chocolate chips and walnut pieces, if using.
Spread the mixture into your baking dish, press it down, and smooth out the top. Sprinkle extra chocolate chips and walnuts if you’d like. (photo 3)
Bake the chickpea brownies for 25-30 minutes, remove them from the oven, and let them rest before slicing them into squares. (photo 4)
NOTE: The brownies will look under-done, but do not overcook. They will set as they cool and the longer you wait to cut them, the firmer they will be.
If you want to take this dessert up a notch, serve it with a scoop of vegan no churn ice cream on top.
Once completely cooled, store the chickpea brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days.
Refrigerate them to keep for up to 1 week. Or freeze them in an airtight container to keep up to 2 months.
Make sure to separate any layers with parchment paper before freezing.
Substitutions + Variations
- For nut-free: Swap the peanut butter with sunflower seed butter, tahini, or soy butter and omit the optional walnuts.
- Sub the chocolate chips and/or walnuts for other fill-ins like raisins, pecans, or dried cranberries.
- Skip the optional chocolate chips to keep these chickpea brownies refined sugar-free.
- For sweeter brownies, add 2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup to the mix after processing the dates, and/or use up to ½ cup of chocolate chips.
- For salty/sweet chickpea brownies spinkle the top with sea salt flakes.
- Use parchment paper to line your pan. Although greasing will do the trick for nonstick, it will be a lot easier to remove the brownies using the paper to lift them out. (And they’ll cool faster this way!)
- Do not overbake! Overbaking will result in drier, less fudgy-tasting brownies. They will look underdone when you take them out of the oven, but they will set as they cool. The longer you wait, the firmer they will get.
- Wet your knife in between cuts when slicing your chickpea brownies, for smoother, nicer-looking edges and to prevent sticking.
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Optional Fill Ins
- ⅓ cup vegan chocolate chips
- ½ cup walnut pieces
- Preheat your oven to 350℉/176℃ and line a square 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
- Add the dates and water to your food processor and process until you have a smooth paste. Then add the chickpeas, aquafaba, peanut butter, cocoa, and process until well combined.
- Next, add the optional fill-ins, if using, and pulse a few times to mix them through without overprocessing.
- Scoop the brownie batter into your dish and smooth out the top with a silicone spatula. The batter will be very thick, so press it down to ensure there are no gaps. Sprinkle more chocolate chips and walnuts on top if you'd like and bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Let it cool in the pan for 5 minutes, and then lift the brownies out, using the parchment paper, and transfer to a cutting board. Let cool for AT LEAST 20 minutes before slicing.