May 22, 2017

You probably thought adding spinach to your smoothies was questionable at first. Maybe you even scoffed at the idea of mixing beets into your favorite chocolate treats (whoopie pies, we’re looking at you). But if healthy foodies have taught us anything lately, it’s that sneaking veggies into unexpected dishes—desserts included!—isn’t just virtuous, it’s also totally delicious.

Need even more proof? These cinnamon-cranberry blondies with chickpeas are it. The fluffy bars taste just like your classic blondie—moist, chewy, and just sweet enough. But they’re also packed with nutrients, thanks to good-for-you ingredients like chickpeas, naturally-sweet dates, and satisfying almond butter. Together, these foods work to fill you up, so you’re less likely to polish off the entire pan in one sitting (don’t worry, we’ve been there too).

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The result is a new take on a classic sweet treat that offers way more health benefits. Thanks to the added protein from pulses and healthy fats from nut butter, these healthier blondies go way beyond your standard dessert. Add a dash of antioxidant-rich cinnamon and dried cranberries to the batter, and you’re basically getting your fill of heart-healthy superfoods for dessert. Even better, they’re gluten-free and vegan, so they fit the bill for almost any meal plan.

Watch the video above to learn how easy it is to add chickpeas to your cinnamon-cranberry blondies at home. After a few minutes blending the ingredients in the food processor and 20 minutes in the oven, you’ll be ready to savor these sweet squares.