Gluten Free & Vegan Chocolate Chip NuttZo Blondies (and a Giveaway!)

gluten free vegan chocolate chip nuttzo blondies | almost getting it together

My name is Cassie and I’m addicted to nut butter. Nuttzo, almond butter, peanut butter, chocolate peanut butter… you name it, it’s probably in my pantry and I’ve probably eaten a spoonful of it already today. I went so far as to buy mini-packets of Justin’s Almond Butter and Wildfriends Chocolate Sunflower Butter to take with me to Nicaragua so I wouldn’t have a day without nut butter. (Plus I needed the healthy fats and protein for a long day of surfing, right?)

Speaking of NuttZo… My friends at NuttZo are giving away a jar to a lucky American (sorry guys!) resident. Enter now through Thursday, April 17th at midnight. I’ll announce the winner on here Friday. C’mon, go use my Rafflecopter now that I can embed it.

Anyway, I had been craving blondies and the one time I made black bean brownies (if only I had written down the recipe!), they were the ultimate hit so I decided I could definitely create a blondie recipe with chickpeas. And what is better than a blondie? A blondie with nut butter and chocolate chips of course.

gluten free vegan chocolate chip nuttzo blondies | almost getting it together

Can you believe these beauties are gluten free AND vegan?

The best part of baking with chickpeas is that you don’t need eggs to hold anything together, so they are great for gluten free and vegan baking. If you’re hesitant of a bean-based baked good – don’t be. You’ll have no idea they are fudge-y bars of protein and fiber.

gluten free vegan chocolate chip nuttzo blondies | almost getting it together

No one will ever know your secret legume ingredient…

On another note, I’m going to attribute these to my hairstylist telling me my hair was the healthiest it’s been in four years, due to all the healthy fats and protein.

gluten free vegan chocolate chip nuttzo blondies | almost getting it together

Chocolate chip goodness.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Gluten Free & Vegan Nuttzo Blondies (and a Giveaway!)
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 banana
  • ⅓ cup almond meal
  • 3 tbsp Nuttzo
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put chickpeas and banana in food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Add almond meal, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, baking soda and baking powder and continue blending.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Pour into greased pan.
  6. Lightly pour Nuttzo onto batter. Use a knife to swirl into blondies.
  7. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until tops begin to brown and a fork inserted comes out clean.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 blondie Calories: 143 Fat: 5.3 Saturated fat: .8 Carbohydrates: 19.3 Sugar: 4.4 Sodium: 21 Fiber: 6.4 Protein: 5.5

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53 comments on “Gluten Free & Vegan Chocolate Chip NuttZo Blondies (and a Giveaway!)

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Jessie on April 14, 2014 7:45 am

Mmmm..I love me some baked goods that are made with chickpeas & nut butter! Great recipe, darling.

Have a lovely remainder of your day
xoo

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Cassie on April 15, 2014 10:43 pm

Thanks my dear!

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Ariel on April 14, 2014 10:32 am

Well…it seems you and I have a lot in common. I have about 4 jars of PB stocked up at a time…go through at LEAST one of those jars a week…AND travel with one too…so I don’t miss out on my nut butter.

It’s a sick addiction, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Freshly Ground Honey Roasted Peanut Butter (from the fresh market) is my go to..but I would LOVE to try Nuttzo!

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Cassie on April 15, 2014 10:43 pm

I travel with my nut butter too!!!

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CSR racing cheats on April 14, 2014 11:19 am

Hi would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working with?
I’m going to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a tough time choosing
between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your layout
seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique.
P.S My apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

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Cassie on April 15, 2014 10:43 pm

I’m on WordPress but have a custom design :) I recommend WordPress!

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David Birney on April 14, 2014 12:20 pm

My all time nut butter is Peter Pan Peanut butter, but I no longer eat peanut butter. My new fave is Nutzo, but it costs so much. I mostly eat Almond Butter.

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She Rocks Fitness on April 14, 2014 12:40 pm

YES I am fully addicted to NuttZo as well. It is the best and so is Danielle! This recipe looks fabulous…send me some please. ;)

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Cassie on April 15, 2014 10:42 pm

Sending a box your way now!

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Lenae on April 14, 2014 12:43 pm

Sounds yummy!

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Lori C on April 14, 2014 12:48 pm

My all-time favorite would be crunchy peanut butter.

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Jill on April 14, 2014 1:39 pm

I have fallen in love with Almond Butter. Thank you.

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Rebecca on April 14, 2014 2:17 pm

I LOVE NUTTZO! actually, just like you i like pretty much any nut butter. I’ll totally be making these :)

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Erin @ The Almond Eater on April 14, 2014 2:48 pm

Omggggsh I’m obsessed with the new blog!!! Also, these look DIVINE.

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Erin @ The Almond Eater on April 14, 2014 2:48 pm

Ok rude it cut me off but I was goingggggg to say that I’m sharing them right meow.

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Cassie on April 15, 2014 10:42 pm

Yayyy thanks my love :)

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Paige@FitNotFad on April 14, 2014 3:23 pm

Ahhhhh I LOVE blondies! I am also a big fan of bean-based desserts…no one will even know they’re healthy :) Looks delicious!!

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Cassie on April 15, 2014 10:42 pm

My friend just made the most insanely delicious black bean peanut butter cookies… omg.

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Eunice on April 14, 2014 3:38 pm

Currently typing with one hand on the keyboard and another hand in my jar of sunflower seed butter!

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Becca on April 14, 2014 3:54 pm

My favorite nut butter is macadamia nut. mmmmmm…..

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Cassie on April 15, 2014 10:41 pm

I’ve never had that! Need to try!

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Celeste on April 14, 2014 7:07 pm

almond butter!

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sarah on April 14, 2014 7:56 pm

Love me some almond butter!

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Matt @ Runner Savvy on April 14, 2014 7:56 pm

Nuttzo is the best!

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David on April 14, 2014 8:00 pm

The only alternative variety of nut butter I have ever eaten was cashew butter, and it was one of the best things I have ever eaten.

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Kim @FITsique on April 14, 2014 8:36 pm

I love baking with chick peas! Its such a sneaky way to trick people into eating a little better :) I just tried my first jar of Nuttzo and have just about finished a jar in about a week lol.

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Cassie on April 15, 2014 10:40 pm

It’s SO addictive, right?

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Linda F on April 14, 2014 9:05 pm

I love Cashew Butter

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Jordan on April 14, 2014 10:40 pm

I have a serious love for Nuttzo, it’s definitely in my top three favorite nut butters. I also love Justin’s maple almond butter and PB Crave’s Cookie Nookie

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Lindsay on April 15, 2014 7:34 am

not entering because we are stocked with nuttzo, but I LOVE nuttzo! and of course this is an awesome recipe friend!

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Cassie on April 15, 2014 10:40 pm

Thank you, I hope you try it out!! You’re my NuttZo purchase inspiration :)

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Joanne on April 15, 2014 7:51 am

I love nutzo! but it is SO expensive. Sigh. it sounds absolutely perfect in these blondies!

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Cassie on April 15, 2014 10:40 pm

So right now they are selling their plastic jars for $5 online…

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Paige c on April 15, 2014 9:15 am

I love the earth balance crunchy coconut peanut spread

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Cassie on April 15, 2014 10:39 pm

Haven’t had crunchy coconut peanut… need to try it!

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Laura on April 15, 2014 12:16 pm

Almond butter is my favorite; so is cashew butter. I think I’d like Nuttzo better if I bought a jar of the creamy stuff. I’m going to make these blondies but don’t have almond meal. Can I substitute AP or WW flour?

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Cassie on April 15, 2014 10:38 pm

I would go with whole wheat flour to keep the nuttier taste! I also found I like NuttZo with peanuts more than without!

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Joan on April 15, 2014 1:14 pm

Nuttzo is my absolute favorite nut bitter!

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Susie on April 15, 2014 8:46 pm

I like Nuttzo, but I LOVE Rarth Balance Coco-peanut butter and also Sunbutter. It’s hard to choose which I like more!

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Cassie on April 15, 2014 10:36 pm

YES their coconut-peanut butter mix is SO GOOD!

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iAE Hulthage on April 16, 2014 10:41 am

Peanut butter is my all time favorite, crunchy!

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DA Levin on April 16, 2014 11:48 am

Always feels so decadent however I love cashew butter.

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Hilary on April 16, 2014 2:53 pm

My favorite has to be just regular peanut butter!

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Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on April 16, 2014 5:00 pm

almond butter! creamy or crunchy! or maybe vanilla bean cashew buttah!

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pat pelland on April 16, 2014 5:22 pm

Almond butter is my favorite nut butter.

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Victoria W on April 16, 2014 6:19 pm

I love almond cashew butter!

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Em Todd on April 16, 2014 7:52 pm

does coconut butter count? can’t keep that stuff within 100 yards of me.
pb is my #1 fav food in the world.
if i don’t win, i’m coming over to your house to try it anyway. :)

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Ang @ Nutty for Life on April 17, 2014 9:13 am

Do I have to choose one nut butter as my favorite, though

:) I really want to win this because I’m too poor to buy it. Also make me these when I come home kthanks

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Cassie on April 25, 2014 9:32 am

YES I’m obsessed I need to make them again. 8 DAYS!!

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