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This year, I’m celebrating my 4 year vegan anniversary! What could be a better way to celebrate than trying a healthy, whole food, vegan chickpea brownie recipe?!

What you’ll need to make healthy, vegan chickpea brownies:

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Healthy, Vegan Chickpea Brownie Recipe

If you're like me, sometimes, you just can't shake a chocolate craving. This healthy, vegan chickpea brownie recipe is the perfect solution – because it's made with healthy whole foods like chickpeas and ground flaxseed. This recipe results in gooey chocolate brownies, which my husband likes to enjoy with a tall glass of almond milk. I hope you enjoy this recipe adapted from Hello Spoonful!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 12 Brownies


  • Food Processor
  • 8×8 Baking Pan


  • 1 Teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 15 Ounce Can Chickpeas Rinsed and Drained
  • ¼ Cup Coconut Oil Melted
  • Cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • ½ Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground Flaxseed To Create a Flax Egg
  • 5 Tablespoons Water To Create a Flax Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • Cup Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips


Prepare Your Baking Pan

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  • With a paper towel and a dab of extra virgin olive oil, lightly "grease" your 8×8 baking pan with extra virgin olive oil.

Prepare Your Flax Egg

  • In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed and 5 tablespoons of water. Mix well, and set aside for approximately 8 minutes. This mixture creates an "egg substitute" called a flax egg.

Prepare Your Brownie Batter

  • Rinse and drain 1 15-ounce can of chickpeas, and pour them in your food processor.
  • Add ¼ cup of melted coconut oil and ⅓ cup of pure maple syrup to your food processor, and blend until smooth.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract, and ¼ teaspoon of sea salt to your food processor, and blend again until no lumps appear.
  • Add your flax egg and blend again.
  • Turn off your food processor, and fold in your desired amount of dairy-free chocolate chips.

Bake and Enjoy

  • Pour your brownie batter in your 8×8 baking pan, and top with a few more chocolate chips if you'd like.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes. Then, remove from your oven and allow your brownies to cool for approximately 10 minutes before serving.


If you’d like, you could certainly add walnuts to the recipe above!
Keyword Dessert, Plant-Based, Vegan, Whole Food

I hope you enjoy this healthy, vegan chickpea brownie recipe, adapted from Hello Spoonful, as much as I do!

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I'm Kelly — a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, and I'm so glad you're here. Here, you'll find resources and recipes for health and wellness. I'm also sharing our home building journey (#ourheartmadehome) and I hope you'll follow along!

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