Cranberry Chickpea Bars

These bars are a quick and tasty holiday treat. We tested a few substitutions and it turns out that we like the substitutions better than the original!

Cranberry Chickpea Bars

Dried cranberries give these bars a festive look and tangy flavor.
Print Recipe
CourseDessert, Snack
Servings24 Bars
Calories110kcal

Equipment

  • 9-inch X 13-inch baking pan

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups cooked beans Any type of bean. We used chickpeas in our test
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup oats
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (or raisins, fig pieces, or other dried fruit)

Instructions

  • Wash hands before preparing food.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F and spray a 9-inch x 13-inch pan with non-stick spray.
  • In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and baking powder and set aside.
  • In another bowl, mash beans until smooth.
  • Add the applesauce, salt, sugar, oil, and peanut butter to the beans and mix until combined.
  • Add dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  • Fold in dried fruit.
  • Pour batter into pan and spread evenly.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick or butter knife comes out without raw batter.
  • Cool before cutting into 24 bars (6 x 4)

Notes

The substitutions we made:
  • Whole wheat instead of white flour
  • Low-sodium chickpeas. You could use any kind.
  • Applesauce instead of oil
  • Cranberries instead of raisins (We had them on hand so no trip to the store.)
  • We also decreased the sugar and still loved the flavor!
Note: We’ve decided that the next time we make these, we’re going to add a teaspoon of cinnamon. If you try these, let us know!
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Chickpea Bars
Serving Size
 
1 bar
Amount per 1 Serving
Calories
110
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
3
g
5
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Sodium
 
96
mg
4
%
Carbohydrates
 
18
g
6
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
9
g
10
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Calcium
 
33
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
Potassium
 
98
mg
3
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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