Chickpea and Peanut Butter Cookies (Clean and Gluten Free!)

Yes, you read that right. Chickpeas. And peanut butter. And they’re cookies. Mmmmm.

I know what you’re thinking… chickpeas?! But please keep reading. I promise you won’t regret it.

I’ve recently discovered “clean eating.” I completed a 30-day eating challenge where I cut out all processed foods, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, white sugar and white flour. I love desserts and your typical chocolate chip cookies are just not in the cards if you’re trying to eat clean. I made some amazing recipes during my 30 day challenge, including this recipe for Chickpea and Peanut Butter Cookies.

If you’re still reading… you rock! These cookies will blow you away and you really won’t know that they have chickpeas in them. Bonus: they’re also vegan and gluten free.

I was hesitant at first, but desperate for some kind of dessert that didn’t call for 26 weird ingredients that I couldn’t find at my local grocery store.

Ingredients:

  • 1¼ cups canned chickpeas, well-rinsed and patted dry with a paper towel (this is slightly less than one can)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter (not regular peanut butter)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (I used Sunspire Unsweetened Carob Chips)

Directions:

1. Drain, rinse and dry chickpeas.

2. Combine all of the ingredients, except the chocolate chips, in a food processor and blend well. *I usually use my blender and food processor interchangeably, but I don’t think the blender would work well for this.

3. Fold in chocolate chips.

4. Drop by teaspoon onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet (I used a cookie dropper. You can also roll small balls with wet hands). You can put them close together, as they won’t really rise.

5. *Optional* press lightly with a fork. I’ve made them both ways and they taste the same. It just changes the appearance.

6. Bake at 350° F for about 10 minutes. They will still be fairly soft when they come out.

7. Let them cool on the cookie sheet and remove to an air-tight container. I prefer to keep mine in the freezer and take one or two out when I want them, but they’ll also keep in the fridge for about a week.

There are many reasons for you to go to your kitchen right now and make these cookies! Whether it’s because you’re not eating gluten, you’re trying to eat clean or you have a love affair with peanut butter (like me), these cookies are a surprisingly delicious treat that will fool any picky eater, husband or toddler into eating cookies with some redeeming qualities.

Bon Appetit!

Chickpea and Peanut Butter Cookies
Serves 18
A clean eating, gluten free and delicious cookie!

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Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
10 min

Total Time
20 min

Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
10 min

Total Time
20 min

Ingredients
• 1¼ cups canned chickpeas, well-rinsed and patted dry with a paper towel (this is slightly less than one can)
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• ½ cup + 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter (not regular peanut butter)
• ¼ cup honey
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• a pinch of salt
• ½ cup chocolate chips (I used Sunspire Unsweetened Carob Chips)

Instructions
1. Drain, rinse and dry chickpeas.
2. Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips in a good processor and blend well. *I usually use my blender and food processor interchangeably, but I don’t think the blender would work well for this.
3. Fold in chocolate chips.
4. Drop by teaspoon onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet (I used a cookie dropper. You can also roll small balls with wet hands). You can put them close together, as they won’t really rise.
5. *Optional* press lightly with a fork. I’ve made them both ways and they taste the same. It just changes the appearance.
6. Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes, however, they will still be fairly soft when they come out.
7. Let cool on the cookie sheet and remove to an air-tight container. I prefer to keep mine in the freezer and take one or two out when I want them, but they’d also keep in the fridge for about a week.

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2 Responses to Chickpea and Peanut Butter Cookies (Clean and Gluten Free!)

  1. I am making these right now, they sound sooooo good!

  2. My first batch was GONE in a day….so I guess the family enjoyed them. Off to make some more! Any more yummy ‘clean’ recipes you want to share, feel free I am loving this one!

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