Hair Color Chronicles & Chickpea Blondies


It’s no secret that my hair has been pretty much every color under the sun, some natural, some not so much.  But for the better part of my life, I’ve been brunette.

And I love being a brunette.  Not that I have anything against blondes, in fact, I have spent years of my life trying to recreate the silky soft golden locks that only the luckiest of the girls possess.  The sun doesn’t bounce off brown hair the way it does blonde, and I get far less honks from trucks on the highway.  But a few years ago, I stared at my brittle abused tresses in the mirror and knew I had dome some irreparable damage.  And I don’t care how much your product costs, nothing fixes split ends, at least not the vicious jagged tips I had developed.  It’s a miracle I didn’t go blind.  One wayward gust of wind and those spiky little strands could have easily taken out a cornea.

Now that I’ve embraced the color God gave me, life is not only cheaper, but it’s simpler.  I don’t have to worry about how bad my roots look (even Carrie Bradshaw couldn’t make that look work) and I feel more like myself.  Changing your hair color is a great way to reinvent yourself and spruce things up, but a part of me always felt like I was in disguise.  As a redhead, I was a fiery wild child.  Flirty and  exotic.  Always up for a challenge and slightly mysterious.  As a blonde I was fun-loving and carefree.  Ready at a moment’s notice to have a good time, and bold and fearless.  And with purple hair… well I was going through some stuff then.

But as a brunette… I am me.  Serious but sarcastic.  Smart but frequently sticking my foot in my mouth.  Cautious but at times impulsive.  Down to earth but never afraid to be the center of attention.  Do these things really have anything to do with the color of my hair?  Probably not.  But it feels like home.  I look like “me”.  So brunette I shall stay.  Until I go gray but you’re more likely to see me run naked through Times Square than stand by and let that happen.

But enough about brunette, let’s talk about blondies.  Blondies are awesome.  Bonus: they won’t burn your scalp if you leave the mix alone for too long.  Hooray!

Chickpea Blondies
(Adapted from CCK)
You’ll Need:
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 banana, very ripe
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup peanut butter chips

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350.  Combine all the ingredients, excluding the chips, with a mixer or in a food processor.  Add chips and spoon mixture into a foil-lined pan.  Bake for about 40 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.

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So in the battle of blondes versus brunettes (I made these black bean brownies about a year ago and they blew my mind), I think this round goes to the blondies.  I could not believe how good they were.  It only took me about 4 3 days to eat the entire pan, and I haven’t made them since, for fear I will eat them even faster this time.  I know I’m like.. one of the last people on earth to discover these little guys, but hey, it took me 24 years to realize I was about one more highlight away from looking like Courtney Love and Pam Anderson’s love child, so clearly I’m a bit of a slower learner.

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  1. This is so ironic, as I tweeted yesterday that I was asked my natural hair color and swore the “Jeopardy” theme song started playing in the background. Like you, I’ve had my fair share of hair hues–everything from platinum blond when I was 21 to a dark orchid black (that one was actually really cool.) I generally stick with a normalish brown now, both because I’m cheap and because it’s easier. The sun lightens it up in the summer and in the winter, meh.

    Anyway, this is one more way that convinces me we’re lost soul sisters. Well, and you can cook, so that works out well.

  2. i’m pretty much obsessed with chickpeas in baked goods lately. i’ve been using chickpea flour like it’s my job! just made some banana bread with it!

  3. I’ve toyed with the idea of throwing some blonde back into my hair for kicks. But I think I’d regret it as soon as I do. Then again, I seem to be going through some weird 20-something crisis. Don’t be surprised if you see me sporting blonde without warning.

  4. I plan to try to bake more healthy-ish treats in my new lover kitchen. These are going on the list!

  5. Love the addition of the banana. And no worries, sweets never last long when I’m around…ever!

  6. I had a dream i got highlights again, made me want to do it. But I fear I’m only a few years away from having to regularly dye to cover gray (I swear I found some the other day) so I will hold out until then. Brunette hair is fun and sassy anyway. I don’t know if I can get behind chickpeas in dessert. If I’m baking something I probably want it to make me fat instantly.

  7. When I decided to go back to my natural color it was specifically because I decided it was time to just be me again. Now my hair is reddish, and its not so natural, but it looks like it is. And everyone has always thought my hair was red, even when it wasn’t. So maybe this is more natural than I realize? Or maybe my personality just fits being a redhead so people assume.

  8. Brunettes have more fun anyways! My favorite women in the world are brunette! And Blondies are awesome, but brownies have a soft spot in my heart.

  9. I went auburn once in high school, which wasn’t really THAT much of a departure from my natural color. I’ve always been too cowardly to drastically change my hair. I like this chickpea idea- I mean, we all know how obsessed I am with chickpeas to start with. 🙂

  10. I want to try making these!!!! (clearly you aren’t the lastttt one to try them haha) I bet the nutrition stats are pretty darn good on them too. As for blondies, still not sure what color my hair is these days lol… it was blonde growing up then started to get darker as I got older. That is, until I found the hair salon haha. I’m just too blonde at heart to ever be otherwise I think… unfortunate for my bank account tho, as the Aveda salon ain’t not on the cheap 😉

  11. I’ve been every haircolor in the universe, but always feel the most comfortable as my brunette self. I’m thinking of going blonde again though. I think I’ll look like Michelle Williams, but will probably end up looking like Lohan.

  12. My sister is a colorist so my natural hair color is a huge mystery to me. I think it’s brown-ish but who knows. I get free hair services so I can’t really complain. In terms of blondies, I’ve never met one that I don’t like.

  13. i want to try making baked goods with garbanzos. haven’t yet. I am not blonde or brunette, I am a beautiful shade of dishwater…

  14. I’ve never baked with chickpeas! I tried once with black beans , but that stint ended there. I hear chickpeas are better?

  15. I’m so glad I’m not the only one thinking Carrie’s root rot didn’t belong on that show. As for the blondies, I hope to get around to making those. They’re on my to-bake list, but I only cross something off that list about every 4 months, if that. I’ve had the same bag of whole wheat flour for about 3 years now, and it’s still going strong.

  16. Ooh I hear ya on the blonde shout. Just yesterday I found that my hair is breaking off literally BREAKING OFF around my face!! :O Definitely down to my recent transition to blondness! BUGGER! :/ These blondies however look amazing!! I made snickerdoodle blondies yesterday for the first time and now I wish I’d seen this recipe first as yours sound waaaaayy healthier than the ones I made! Oops!

  17. Now that I have to have my hair dyed (thanks to the gray) I totally regret all those unnecessary colors I had in my hair! If only I knew what I know now…

    Anyway, I have never had a blondie before. Bizarre? Yes. I’ve been living in a cave apparently…

  18. Ohh these chickpea blondies look delicious! If I told my brothers what was in these blondies they’d probably spit it out, but they’ve tried my black bean brownies before. I bet they’d love these.

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