Budget Chickpea Chocolate Brownies

chickpea browniesI like to make a batch of something sweet for the week, and this is a family favourite.

Now, I know that chickpeas aren’t supposed to go with chocolate, but this recipe is one of the best brownie recipes I have EVER found and nobody can tell the difference! I’ve tried it out on many different friends and their children and it is always a hit. Occasionally, I may put some nuts, raisins, dried cranberries or cherries in to create some texture, but they are seriously pleasingly decadent just on their own.

Plus chickpeas are high in fibre and iron; great for growing children. A good source of protein for vegetarians, and have been shown in research to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. What could be better! Here’s the recipe –

Chickpea chocolate brownies

Melt 100g of dark chocolate with 150g of butter. Whisk 3 eggs with 200g of castor sugar. Add 80g of chickpea flour and 3 tbsp of cocoa powder. Finally, pour the melted chocolate/butter mixture into the egg/flour/sugar mixture and stir well. Grease a 20 x 30 cm baking tray very well and pour in the mixture and spread evenly. Bake in a pre-heated oven (175°C/350°F) for about 25-30 minutes, test with a toothpick to make sure they’re cooked through. Leave to cool before cutting into 24 chunks – delicious!

….and the cost?

100g Chocolate = 30p (Tesco basics)
3 eggs = 60p
150g butter = 60p
80g Chickpea flour = 15p
Cocoa powder = 20p

Total = £1.85 = 7p per brownie

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