Yep, you read that correctly, Vegan Banana & Walnut CHICKPEA Slices. These are grain free, I used chickpeas instead of flour and syrup instead of refined sugar. These are THE ONE.
I’ve fallen into a Vegan diet, I was just going to do it one day a week, but then I watched lots of videos and did a bit of research and realised that I could make very tasty things without harming animals….so I have just continued to do it. Every day.
I’m not sure it will last forever, but I am going to do my best to keep it up as long as I can and see where it goes. So expect quite a few more tasty vegan treats….
Ingredients for Vegan Banana & Walnut Chickpea Slices
3 tbsp chia/flax seeds
9 tbsp water
50g sunflower/coconut oil
3 tsp ground cinnamon
3 (very ripe) Bananas (2 mashed with the back of a fork, one sliced)
50g date syrup/maple syrup/fruit syrup or honey if not vegan (+1 tbsp for drizzling)
100g crushed walnuts
makes about 12 slices
Line/grease a 7″ by 9″ baking tray (if greasing use oil on a piece of kitchen towel or spray oil)
preheat oven to 180oC
1) Chuck your chia/flax seeds into a food processor/nutribullet and whizz until they have been ground into a powder-y flour (you could do this with a pestle and mortar if you have the strength and the time and no food processor). Pop them into a mug and mix with the 9 tbsp of water. Cover with cling film and place this in the fridge to set for about 15 mins.
2) If using coconut oil, place in a small saucepan over a low heat and melt. Set aside to cool. If using sunflower oil, ignore this step!
3) Using your nutri bullet/food processor whizz your chickpeas until flour like and quite mushy (technical word, obviously) Then set aside.
4) In a large bowl chuck in the oil and syrup and whizz with an electric whisk for a few minutes. Then add the chia/flax seeds and repeat. Next add your 2 mashed bananas and cinnamon and give it another whisk, making sure everything is well incorporated. Add the chickpeas and give it a last good whizz. whining done.
5) Pour about 75g of the crushed walnuts into the mix and stir with a wooden spoon until everything is evenly dispersed.
6) Time to plop the mixture into the prepared baking tin, smoothing down the top down with the back of a spoon. Scatter the chopped banana and remaining walnuts on top the bake and drizzle another tbsp of syrup over it all.
7) Place on the middle shelf of a preheated oven for about 30 mins, turning it round once. (One side of the oven is ALWAYS hotter than the other!) Once done, leave to cool in the tin and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Slice into shapes/sizes as you see fit :)
The flavours mature overnight, so it tastes even scrummier the next day. After about 3 days (if you have any left) store them in the fridge to keep all the banana fresh!