Healthy cookie recipes for the win! This chickpea cookie recipe, by Cristina Cavanaugh from Begin With Nutrition, is a great alternative when you are craving a fresh baked cookie. Not only are they gluten free and vegan, we know from my hummus post, that chickpeas are very high in fibe and protein (with 7.5 grams of protein per ½ cup of chickpeas)! Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are a legume which are come in the form of complex carbs. Complex carbs are a type of carbohydrate the body breaks down and utilizes for energy much more efficiently than simple carbs. Like all beans and legumes,chickpeas have the amazing quality of balancing and stabilizing blood sugar levels during the meal we eat them in, as well as keeping blood sugar balanced throughout our next meal. Amazing!
These cookies use natural maple sugar instead of refined sugar, so you won’t experience that sugar high and crash. Simply a satisfied sweet tooth and sustained energy levels- yes! Thanks to Cristina Cavanaugh from Begin With Nutrition for sharing this easy to make cookie recipe!
Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas or 1.5 cups cooked chickpeas
- ½ cup peanut butter (or almond butter)
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp fine sea salt
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ½ cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
Add all ingredients except for the chocolate chips into a food processor. Blend for a few minutes or until well combined. Cookie dough should smooth and creamy.
Transfer cookie dough to a bowl and fold in chocolate chips.
Use a tablespoon and scoop dough into balls and drop onto cookie sheet evenly spaced.
Bake for 20-25 minutes.
-For chocolate chips, I like Enjoy Life Foods chocolate chips as they are dairy free, or you can sub cacao nibs!
-Check out the original recipe post here: http://www.beginwithinnutrition.com/2014/04/07/chickpea-chocolate-chip-cookies-vegan-gluten-free/