From the kitchen...

Chickpeas are one of those +++ ingredients: cheap, protein packed hence wonderfully filling, they can be tossed into any salad or casserole. Let's admit it though: there's nothing that exciting about this close-to-tasteless legume, and once you've made humus a couple of times, or thrown a handful in your veggie soup for a few weeks, you may think you're done.

Here's a decadent recipe to reconcile you with chickpeas---and with dessert time, if need be! We served this yummy healthy brownie at this week's community meal, and... let's say it went down very very well :)

Gluten and Lactose-Free Chickpea Brownies

Yields approx. 12 brownies


-       375 g dark chocolate

-       100 g sugar

-       2 cups chick peas (1 can)

-       4 eggs

-       1 heaping tsp baking powder

-       1 tsp salt

-       1 Tbsp vanilla extract


-       Preheat oven to 350o F, grease baking pan(s).

-       Melt together chocolate and sugar in a double boiler.

-       Blend together all the other ingredients in food processor.

-       Mix together chick peas and melted chocolate. Transfer to baking pan, bake for 35 minutes. Do not unmold until completely cool.