Chocolate & Chickpea Brownies

Back to school this week for my kids, and today I am sharing a great lunchbox recipe that I hope your kids will enjoy. Mine sure did but I didn’t tell them about the chickpeas until they committed to liking them.

Make sure you process the chickpeas very finely, otherwise you might have a battle on your hands if you have a fussy eater. You can’t taste the chickpeas though and it is a great way to get some extra goodness into your kids without them knowing.

I hope your first week back to school is a good one.


Amanda (Simple Home Cook) 

Chocolate and Chickpea Brownies

Chocolate & Chickpea Brownies


  • 400g can chickpeas
  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 100g butter
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

Chocolate & Chickpea Brownies


  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees.  Line a slice tin (18cm x 28cm) with baking paper.
  1. Process chickpeas in a food processor or blender until it is pureed and smooth. You can also have it chunky if you prefer.
  1. In a large bowl, add butter and break up the chocolate.  Melt in the microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring each time until melted together.  Take care not to burn the chocolate.  Once melted, stir together until combined.
  1. Add chickpeas, maple syrup, eggs, vanilla, salt, coconut & bicarb soda.  Stir together until combined.  Pour into slice tin.
  1. Bake in preheated oven for 25 – 30 mins. Place in fridge to harden, then slice into pieces. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.

Chocolate & Chickpea Brownies

Post written by Amanda Arnold

My name is Amanda and I am passionate about simple, quick and affordable recipes that anyone can make. I have a facebook page called ‘Simple home cook’ where I share my recipes which will get you through your busy week that won’t break your budget. Please head over and check out my FB pages Simple home cook and ALDI home cook.

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  • Reply
    Sam Taylors
    July 14, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Oh yum – they look amazing, never mind the kids!

  • Reply
    January 26, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Do you have any idea the times and settings to do this in a Thermomix?

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    April 8, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    These are so good! I have just made my first batch. I substituted coconut flour for the desiccated coconut. Waiting now for my boys to return from camping for them to try. I’ll definitely be making this recipe again. ????

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    November 29, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Delicious! So easy to make and now a firm favourite.

  • Reply
    September 18, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    I was looking for a way to use a can of chickpeas I’ve had in the cupboard for a while when I stumbled across this recipe.
    Made it today and have to say I quite enjoy it! It’s got a good balance of sweetness for my little ones. I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out as I’ve only ever made brownies using flour, but was pleasantly surprised!
    The recipe didn’t say so, but I drained and rinsed the chickpeas before processing them. I’m assuming that’s implied?
    I tried to use my Thermomix to process the chickpeas, but they just kept getting pushed to the edges to the bowl and wouldn’t blend fine enough for my liking. So I transferred them to the Magic Bullet to finish them off. I did use the Thermomix to melt the chocolate and butter together though (chopped chocolate first for about 10 seconds on speed 8), then added the butter and melted the two together for about 2 and a half minutes at 50 degrees, speed 3. Then added everything else as recipe suggests and mixed on the mixing / spoon setting until mixed through (maybe like 20 seconds)?
    A super easy and tasty recipe. I’d probably make using the good ol’ old fashioned way next time though!

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