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 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 over 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
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 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. But you could definitely choose to use your favourite chocolate product.
Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies - Chickpea Cookies
Yield 20 Cookies
- 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 rustic
- Bake at 180 degrees celsius for 25 mins
- Remove from the oven and cool on the tray
For this recipe to be dairy free, dairy free dark chocolate must be used. This recipe is wheat free but not gluten free as uses traditional oats