Grain-free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites (aka: Chickpea Cookies)

I saw THIS photo on pinterest one day.

The Original Grain-free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites - no white sugar, no oil, no flour! So gooey, simple and delicious! With a surprise ingredient | texanerin.com

I’m not sure there are many other things that scream “EAT ME!!” more than this. Not to mention, the Grain-free aspect went right along with my meal plan. I was intrigued and decided this was worth a try. Was it possible that a ball of chickpeas, honey, peanut butter and chocolate chips could be that good? YES! Also, because they are made of beans which are heavy rather than four and butter which are light, they fill you up really fast. Even Alex and the kids gave these two thumbs up with elated, bean cookie stuffed faces.  Who would’ve thought?

http://www.texanerin.com/2012/04/grain-free-peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-bites.html

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cups canned chickpeas, well-rinsed and patted dry with a paper towel (Try to buy organic. Chickpeas are one of the few types of beans I have found can taste really bad if you buy the cheapest brand.)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons (165 grams) natural peanut butter, SunButter Natural or almond butter – room temperature
  • ¼ cup (80 grams) honey (commenters have used agave and maple syrup with success!)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • a pinch of salt if your peanut butter doesn’t have salt in it
  • ½ cup (90 grams) chocolate chips (use vegan and dairy-free chocolate chips, if needed)

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F / 175°C. 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.
  2. Put in the chocolate chips and stir it if you can, or pulse it once or twice. The mixture will be very thick and sticky.
  3. With wet hands, form into 1½” 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. (You will need to rewet your hand occasionally!)
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes. The dough balls will still be very soft when you take them out of the oven. They will not set like normal cookies.
  5. Store in an airtight container at room temperature (or in the fridge) for up to 1 week.

Notes

  • My can of chickpeas was 400 grams, 240 grams without the water, and I used all but a few tablespoons.
  • Don’t even try with regular peanut butter! They’ll come out oily. You MUST use natural peanut butter. :)
  • If you need grain-free baking powder, you can use 1 part cream of tartar + 1 part baking soda + 2 parts arrowroot.
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