I pinned this recipe quite a long time ago. I had them pinned as Cookie Dough Bites, so I assumed that they were full of sugar and not at all good for you. Recently, I saw these emerge again on Pinterest and I learned that they were made with chickpeas. Chickpeas?! What?! If you have seen the picture of these things, you wouldn’t believe it. Mine look pretty good, but they of course don’t measure up to the pictures in the original pin.
- 1 1/4 cups canned chickpeas, well-rinsed and patted dry with a paper towel (this is just under one can)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter (apparently regular peanut butter doesn’t work)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- a pinch of salt if your peanut butter doesn’t have salt in it
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate)
1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Combine all the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, in a food processor and process until very smooth. Make sure to scrape the sides and the top to get the little chunks of chickpeas and process again until they’re combined. The dough will be really thick and sticky.
2. Put in the chocolate chips and stir it if you can, or pulse it once or twice.
3. With wet hands, form into 1 1/2″ balls. Place onto a Silpat or a piece of parchment paper. If you want them to look more like normal cookies, press down slightly on the balls. They don’t do much rising. Bake for about 10 minutes. Mine took closer to 14 minutes.
Wow! These were delicious! I’m not saying that these taste good considering they have chickpeas in them. I’m saying that these taste as good as desserts I have had that were filled with white sugar and flour. They are pretty unbelievable. Now I don’t have to feel quite as guilty when I inhale them.