Secretly healthy desserts are the very best desserts.

I love when dessert tastes decadent and amazing but is actually full of good-for-you, wholesome ingredients.  This is one of those desserts.  These cookie bars are moist, sweet, chocolatey and all-around satisfying but happen to be loaded with plant-based protein from chickpeas, almond butter and almond flour.  And you would never know.  I obviously would not give you a dessert recipe that tastes like chickpeas so rest assured the chickpeas are fully masked by the other ingredients and you will not detect them in the final result.

The recipe is sweetened with maple syrup and dark chocolate mini chips.  It also contains whole grains from the oat flour.  You can use certified gluten-free oats to make these gluten-free.

One of the things I love most about this recipe is how easy it is to prepare it.  You put everything in the food processor and let it do the work for you.  Then transfer the batter directly to a baking dish without dirtying a bowl.  It makes clean-up super quick.

This recipe is vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and peanut-free.  You can make it nut-free by using more oat flour in place of the almond flour and sunflower seed butter in place of the almond butter.

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