These Peanut Butter Chickpea Bars are perfect for breakfast or an after school snack. They’re healthy, kid-friendly and easy to make. Plus they’re vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free!
Allow me to introduce you to a new favorite snack at our house: Peanut Butter Chickpea Bars. With back to school season approaching, I’ve had a couple requests for recipes that are good for packed lunches and after school snacks.
These bars certainly fit the bill! I’d been wanting to create something with the peanut butter chickpea combo for a while now. I was able to nail the flavor and consistency of these bars on the first try but finding a baking vessel took a few tries. The first time, I baked them in a 9×9 square pan and they were just a bit too thin. The next time I tried them in a loaf pan and they were way to thick. The third time, I baked them in the 9×9 pan and just left about an inch or so of the pan empty on one side and that got them to my desired thickness. They don’t really spread out while baking so it’s easy to leave some open space. You could also try them in an 8×8 pan.
Peanut Butter Chickpea Bars
I drizzled mine with chocolate but you could leave that off if you wanted. You could also mix some chocolate chips into the batter which I’m going to try next time.
I took these pictures while Little Miss was awake and was quickly reminded why I usually save photos for naptime. She made it quite clear when she was ready for the photo shoot to be over…and even helped herself to a bar.
Like I said, these are super simple to make in the food processor and require just a few ingredients. Squish helped me make a batch or two! Here’s how you make them:
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Peanut Butter Chickpea Bars
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1 can chickpeas (drain and rinse but reserve the liquid)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 Tbsp liquid from chickpea can
Place the oats in a food processor and process for about 30 seconds.
Add chickpeas and pulse several times.
Add remaining ingredients and process until well mixed and a ball starts to form.
Line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper.
Scoop the dough into the middle of the pan. It will be pretty sticky.
Get your fingers wet and then work quickly to spread the dough to the corners of the pan. You may need to re-wet them a couple of times. Leave about an inch open on one side of the pan.
Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes.
Let cool, cut into 8 bars, drizzle with melted chocolate chips and sprinkle with sea salt.
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I would recommend taking a taste of the dough before you put it in the pan. If it’s not sweet enough for you, you could add a little more maple syrup but both of my kids liked these just fine.