Healthy chocolate chip cookies, honestly that is the goal of every mum isn’t it?
Kids love chocolate chip cookies and they have such a lovely nostalgic feeling to them, they take everyone back to their childhood.
These healthier choc chip cookies are low in sugar high in fibre and have some surprising ingredients. Yes chickpeas. These are chickpea cookies!
Healthy chocolate chip cookies when choc chip cookies meet chickpea cookies
This recipe is based on a couple of things. A banana chickpea and peanut butter slice that I make often. the problem with my recipes is that it was not nut free, so great for home, but not for the lunchbox.
I was after something nut free. It was then that a stumbled upon a brilliant nut-free fruity chickpea cookie recipe from the fantastic blog Healthy Little Foodies, it’s an awesome recipe and inspired me to take on chickpea cookies as well.
More specifically a chickpea chocolate chip cookie!
Chickpeas in cookies?
Chickpeas actually work incredibly well in baking, giving a nutty flavour and keeping the end result quite moist, think a soft chewy style chocolate chip cookie. My favourite type!
The sweetness in this recipe comes mainly from bananas, although there is still a small amount of brown sugar in the recipe too. 1/4 cup over a batch of 20 large cookies which is pretty good for a cookie.
I tried other sugar options (white, coconut, maple syrup) and I tried less sugar, but it was the 1/4 cup of brown sugar which kept the balance of health and yum factor.
I use dark chocolate chips in the recipe as these are lower in sugar than milk chocolate and they are also dairy-free, which meant it made the recipe a little more allergy-friendly for my readers, and vegan for those looking to up the plant based protein in their diets. But you could definitely choose to use your favourite chocolate product.
Chickpeas mean these cookies are loaded with plant-based protein and fibre which is great for fueling kids at school.
- 1 Can chickpeas (400g)
- 1 Cup Oats
- 2 medium bananas
- 1/4 Cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 Cup dark chocolate chips
- Drain the chickpeas and rinse thoroughly
- Place all ingredients excluding the chocolate chips in the food processor
- Whizz for 2-3 mins until very smooth
- Remove the blade from the processor, add the chocolate chips and mix with a spoon
- Using a tablespoon place spoonfuls onto a baking paper lined tray
- Use the back of the spoon to shape the dollops into circular shapes, approximately 1 cm thick. Do not panic if they look a bit.. shall we say rustic
- Bake at 180 degrees celsius for 25 mins
- Remove from the oven and cool on the tray
For this recipe to be vegan, you will need to select dairy free, vegan dark chocolate. This recipe is wheat free but not gluten free as uses traditional oats
Nutrition InformationYield 20 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 64Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 57mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 2gSugar 5gProtein 2g