Chocolate Chickpea Protein Brownies

Chocolate Chickpea Protein Brownies

There seems to be a lot of love for my (sweet potato) protein brownies but not everybody liked the idea of sweet potato in a brownie.. so, listening to demand here is a new chocolate protein brownie recipe, minus the potato (and replaced with another secret ingredient.. chickpeas!!).


Chickpeas are a great source of both protein (19g/100g) and fibre (17g/100g) and provide our bodies with iron, magnesium and vitamin B6.


These chickpea protein bars are the perfect pre/post workout snack and would taste delicious with flaked almonds on top or even a teaspoon or two of coffee added to the mix!



Chocolate Chickpea Protein Brownies


  • 1 can (240g drained) chickpeas
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 scoop (25-30g) chocolate protein powder*
  • 100g dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp coconut or veg oil
  • 2 heaped tbsp oats
  • 2 tbsp sweetener or 2-3 dates
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Add the chickpeas, egg whites, chocolate protein powder, oats, sweetener or dates, salt and baking powder to a food processor.. whizz until smooth
  2. Melt the oil and dark chocolate chips for a few minutes in a microwavable bowl and add to the food processor then whizz again
  3. Pour in to a small baking tray lined with baking paper and smooth out with a spatula
  4. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes at 175 degrees C until cooked
  5. Slice in to 9-12 slices, allow to cool and enjoy!


*Or swap for ~1 tbsp cocoa & ~3 tbsp milk powder OR 4 tbsp hot chocolate powder!

Nutritional stats are for per 12th of the recipe.


Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving

Calories 85

% Daily Value

Total Fat 3 g


Total Carbohydrates 10 g


Protein 5 g


* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


*This blog post contains an affiliate link. Please read my disclaimer page for more information and for my policy on using protein powders in recipes, gluten-free foods/baking and vegetarian/vegan recipes.

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  1. Abi Schofield
    May 24, 2013 / 12:23 pm

    Hi, tried these last night and they are yummy! Just wanted to know the sugar content of these brownies though?
    I am trying to keep my sugar intake to a minimum 🙂


    • Nics Nutrition
      May 24, 2013 / 12:52 pm

      Hey! The sugars are just 5g (from natural sources). It’s a low GI food which means that it won’t spike your blood sugars 🙂 Hope this helps! x

  2. Katherine Hutchinson
    June 6, 2013 / 9:11 am

    Hi i was just wondering do you think i could use vanilla protein powder instead and still be chocolately?

    • Nics Nutrition
      June 6, 2013 / 11:09 am

      Hello! If you add vanilla protein I would add some cocoa too 🙂 Let me know how it goes! Nic x

  3. Rob
    July 25, 2013 / 12:00 pm

    Just tried these and they taste very bland and like chikpea!

    • Nics Nutrition
      July 25, 2013 / 5:47 pm

      Hey! Sorry to hear that, you sure you used all the ingredients in the right quantities? I’ve never heard anything bad before about this recipe (I get lots of feedback on twitter!) .. perhaps the choc sweet pot brownies are more up your street 🙂

  4. Rob
    July 26, 2013 / 3:12 pm

    Think I will try it again. I did use all the ingredients and followed the recipe as written. As I have been keeping my insulin spikes to a minimum (successfully) I was curious about sugars that occur naturally and their reaction to insulin?

    • Nics Nutrition
      July 28, 2013 / 2:42 pm

      It’s a low GI product but hard to predict what blood glucose levels will do given any exercise that day, other food eaten with it, quantitiy eaten etc.! You may prefer the sweet potato brownies (another low GI product!).

  5. Dee
    November 10, 2013 / 6:52 pm

    These were AMAZING!

    I only melted half the choc chips & just added the rest to the final mixture so it gave little “puddles” of choc in the finished brownie.

    These will be getting made again for sure. So easy to make!

    • November 10, 2013 / 7:08 pm

      Ooh that sounds amazing! Thank you so much for your great tip Dee! Enjoy 🙂 x

  6. Daniel
    January 9, 2014 / 7:33 am

    Was considering making these this weekend. Can you use maple syrup or honey in place of sugar?

    • January 9, 2014 / 5:56 pm

      Hello! I personally would use stevia or xylitol but you could add honey to taste – just not too much so that the mixture doesn’t become soggy – maybe add slightly more of the oats if using honey! Let me know how it goes 🙂 x

  7. Hannah
    January 13, 2014 / 10:28 am

    These were amazing made with Cadbury’s fudge hot chocolate powder instead of protein powder, very happy flatmates 🙂

    • January 13, 2014 / 5:18 pm

      Ooh great swap! Thank you so much for your pic & comment Hannah! x

  8. Annette Stevenson
    January 16, 2014 / 12:56 pm

    Just put these in the oven. Hope they’re not too moreish as I am a chocoholic! Better than eating lots of chocolate biscuits I suppose. X

  9. Annette Stevenson
    January 16, 2014 / 1:23 pm

    Just out of the oven and they are delicious!

  10. Hannah
    March 6, 2014 / 1:37 pm

    Just made these again with raisins in, so nice! 🙂 xx

    • March 6, 2014 / 7:05 pm

      Oooh love that addition!! Thank you for your lovely comment 🙂 xx

  11. Karis Glanfield
    March 26, 2014 / 9:28 pm

    Hello, I was just wondering which protein powder you used or would recommend to make these? Thank you x

  12. Clair Bage
    April 4, 2014 / 8:38 am

    These are amazing!! Totally addicted 🙂 I made the first batch and replaced the sweetener with dates and they were delicious. I had to make another batch yesterday and added a heaped tbsp of PPB and used the dates again instead of sweetener. My kids love them! Thank you for the recipe 🙂 xx

    • April 4, 2014 / 5:42 pm

      Aw thank you for your fab swap tips Clair!! xx

  13. Emma
    June 5, 2014 / 6:37 pm

    Hey, I really struggles to blend the chickpeas what could make this easier? Although it was tough I did eventually manage to make these brownies and they were amazing!

    • June 5, 2014 / 7:33 pm

      Aw that’s fab! Perhaps add a touch of hot water to help them blend in the future? x

  14. Sophia galpin
    July 29, 2014 / 9:00 pm

    This look absolutely incredible! I am definitely going to make them! Your pictures always look so good!! Xx

  15. Erika
    January 8, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    Hey, hey! Just wondering if anyone has used this recipe who follows IIFYM diet? And how you went about calculating macros?

    • January 8, 2017 / 5:37 pm

      Hey! It’s in the blue and white box above the macros xx

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