Chocolate Chip Pecan Blondes
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Recipe type: Cookies & Bars
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free
Serves: Makes 12 squares
  • ½ cup gluten-free rolled oats, ground
  • ½ cup brown rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds, mixed with 2 tablespoons of water
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1¼ cups cooked white kidney beans
  • ½ cup medjool dates, pitted (about 7-8 large dates)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped
  • ⅓ cup dairy-free mini chocolate chips
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Lightly oil an 8-inch by 8-inch square baking pan and line with parchment paper.
  2. To grind the oats, measure a half cup of oats and add them to the jar of a blender or food processor. Blend on high until the mixture resembles a coarse flour. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  3. In the same blender, add the white beans, dates, and almond milk. Blend on high until the mixture is smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. You may find that there are still some visibly pieces of date's skin, which is ok. There should be no visible chunks of beans left. Transfer mixture to the mixing bowl.
  4. Add the vanilla, brown rice flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and flax mixture and stir to combine. Fold in the chopped pecans and chocolate chips.
  5. Spread the mixture in the prepared pan making sure to work the batter into the corners. Smooth the top with a spatula and sprinkle with additional oats, chocolate chips, and pecans if desired.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until top is dry and light golden. The blondes should spring back when touched lightly. Avoid the temptation to cook these for longer as they will come out dry and crumbly. They will continue to cook once removed from the oven.
  7. Allow to cool completely. Bars will be slightly easier to cut once they have been chilled for 2-3 hours, if you can wait that long.
  8. Bars can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for 3-4 days.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: per square Calories: 140 Fat: 5.6 Carbohydrates: 20 Sugar: 7.2 Fiber: 3 Protein: 3.8
Recipe by David D at