Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

DSC00595A few months ago, a friend shared a recipe for chocolate chip cookies. These were not just any chocolate chip cookies; they were grain-free, gluten free, dairy-free, and vegan. That caught my attention, but more than anything, the cookies sounded healthy and just plain tasty. Surprisingly, the main ingredient is chickpeas. I really like the idea of fueling myself with a legume (fiber, protein, iron, etc.) rather than sugar and butter. The cookies do taste different than your standard Tollhouse variety, but I like them. Larry calls them my “healthy cookies.” I tend to make a double batch and store them in the freezer (they taste great straight out of the freezer). The best part, I think, is that  you can eat these cookies anytime—for breakfast, before a workout, for a snack, and of course, for dessert. Or at least I do!

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies (slightly adapted from Texan Erin Baking; makes two dozen one-inch cookies)

3  cups canned chickpeas, well-rinsed and patted dry with a paper towel
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 and 1/2 cups natural peanut butter or almond butter
1/2 cup honey
2 teaspoon baking powder
a pinch of salt if your peanut butter doesn’t have salt in it
3/4  cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup ground flax seed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients, except the chocolate chips, in a food processor and process until smooth.

Stir in the chocolate chips. The mixture will be very thick and sticky.

With wet hands, form into 1 1/2 inch balls, and place in rows on a Silpat or parchment covered cookie sheet. Press down slightly to flatten each ball.

Bake for about 8-10 minutes. Using a spatula, remove the cookies from the pan and place on a cooking rack to cool.

Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week, or in the freezer.

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One Response to “Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. Naomi

    I can not wait to try these! And I think I’ll use sun butter instead of pb due to an allergy!!!!

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