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Friday, March 7, 2014

chickpea chocolate chip cookies

i always enjoy trying new types of food and making new recipes.  i absolutely love traditional chocolate chip cookies.  they were a staple dessert growing up, and they always remind me of my family.  you just can't go wrong with a classic like that.

so, i was intrigued and curious (and even a little bit skeptical) when i came across this recipe for chickpea chocolate chip cookies.  this recipe doesn't have any flour, eggs, butter, or milk in it, making it vegan, dairy free, and gluten free.

since i have been exploring cooking/baking more vegetarian and vegan lately, i thought i would give them a whirl.

it always amazes me how ingredients can come together.  i would have never thought of making a cookie out of chickpeas, but it actually worked.

these cookies have a look and a texture that is surprisingly similar to that of a traditional chocolate chip cookie.  (although they are a bit more moist than traditional cookies.)

i have tried several vegan and gluten free recipes that ended up tasting like cardboard, so i was pleasantly surprised that the flavor of these cookies was so good.

i certainly won't be replacing my traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe with this recipe any time soon, but it is a great alternative if you are watching what you eat or if you have to whip up a dessert for friends on restricted diets!

chickpea chocolate chip cookies
prep time: 5 minutes
baking time: 18 minutes
yields: 14-15 cookies
adapted from eating whole

1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup almond butter
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips

preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  in a food processor, combine the chickpeas, almond butter, coconut, oats, maple syrup, baking powder, and salt.  puree until smooth.  fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula.  scoop the cookie dough by the tablespoon onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat.  flatten the dough balls to look like traditional cookies.  bake for 18 minutes.

love, laurie

1 comment:

ma pa camlet said...

Surprisingly, they look like chocolate chip cookies. If I had seen the recipe, I don't think I would have made a whole batch for ourselves, but certainly would try one. I wonder what Jeff is thinking about this recipe?