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Garbanzo Flour Brownies

Brownies. These are not your traditional brownies filled with butter, sugar and flour. No, sir. These are brownies that happen to have protein and fiber and promise to quell the doubts of even the most tenacious pastry queens and brownie snobs.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brownies, gluten free
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 16
Author The Cowgirl Gourmet in Santa Fe


  • 1 1/4 cup garbanzo bean flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 pastured eggs
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil if you don't want the coconut flavor, use refined; otherwise, unrefined
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice whole, almond, coconut, macadamia, hemp, etc.
  • 2 tablespoons coffee leftover from the morning
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of sea salt I like to use pink Himalayan salt
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips melted (I use the Enjoy Life brand which are soy-free, vegan and nut-free)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips for garnish before baking
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts for garnish before baking, if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8x8 glass pan with parchment paper and set aside.

  2. In a food processor or a big bowl with a hand mixer, mix together the dry ingredients including garbanzo flour, cocoa and coconut sugar. Add the wet ingredients--eggs, coconut oil, milk, coffee and vanilla and process until blended.

  3. In a glass measuring cup or bowl, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave until smooth. In :10 second increments, stir after :30 seconds and the chocolate is likely almost melted at this point.

  4. When the chocolate is melted, add it to the food processor and pulse to combine. Add in the pinch of salt and baking powder and process again to blend thoroughly.

  5. Using a spatula, pour the batter into the parchment lined baking pan and spread batter so it is even. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of chips on top and then sprinkle the chopped nuts, if using.

  6. Place in the oven and bake for exactly 30 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out mostly clean. It is better to under cook these brownies rather than overcook them...

  7. When the brownies are done, remove from the oven and let cool one hour.

  8. Slice into 16 squares and share with friends and family. Reserve any leftovers in the fridge or pop some into the freezer for another day when you need to score brownie points.