Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I made these HEALTHY peanut butter chocolate chip cookies over the weekend to take to my dad’s house for a Labor Day pool party. My step-mom had seen this recipe shared on Facebook a few weeks prior and asked if I would make them for her sometime. Of course I said yes! They look like regular cookies, but there is a ‘secret’ ingredient in them that makes them much better for you than regular cookies. In the actual cookie (disregarding the chocolate chips), there is NO flour, NO refined sugar, NO oil, and not even eggs! Crazy, right? (Well, I thought it was anyway…) Just look at this picture… Mmmm…cookies!

This cookie looks good, right?
This cookie looks good, right?

Because these aren’t your ‘average’ sugar and butter-filled cookies, I felt like I needed to be forthcoming (at least a little), so I labeled the plate: “Healthy” Cookies. You know what? I don’t think anyone paid attention to my label! ha Both the kids and the adults ate them up…and the kids didn’t even question what was in them!! I kept waiting for one to ask…but only the adults were curious. Thank goodness, too, because I kind of think the kids may have turned up their noses if they knew what was in them. Ok, so I’ve kept you in the dark long enough now… Want to know the main ingredient?? It’s chickpeas! I don’t think anyone (including me) would have guessed that there were chickpeas in these cookies!

I was skeptical about how they would taste, so I tried one before I left home just to make sure they weren’t terrible. And they weren’t! Surprisingly, they were pretty good. They had a very ‘peanut buttery’ taste, which I enjoy in a cookie. My stepmom really liked them as well and said I could make them for her anytime! And several kids said they were really good too. In fact, the cookies were gone so quickly that neither my husband or my own kids had the chance to try one…so, it looks like I’ll be making them again VERY soon. Try them…you’ll be surprised too!

Right out of the oven.
Right out of the oven.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

*Updated 9/13/13 – Source: This recipe has been shared MANY times over on Facebook and Pinterest, but it originates from Texanerin Baking.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup organic chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans), rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 T natural peanut butter (meaning: peanuts and salt are the ONLY ingredients…regular pb would result in oily cookies)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp aluminum free baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I buy Enjoy Life)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients (except chocolate chips) in a food processor or blender and mix until smooth. (I used almost the whole can of chickpeas, minus a couple of tablespoons.) Add the chocolate chips and pulse a couple of times to mix them in. With damp hands, roll dough into 1 1/4″ sized balls and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. If you like, you can press them down a bit so they look more like cookies. (These cookies will not rise.) Bake for about 10 minutes and let cool. Enjoy!

Ready for the party...should have made a double batch!!
Ready for the party…should have made a double batch!!

I made brownies and chocolate cookies for the party as well…but those were both filled with sugar and butter (and all the other regular ingredients). However, I did replace the all-purpose flour with white whole wheat flour and I highly doubt anyone noticed that little switch. Homemade treats beat out the boxed version anytime! I have to say…I’m so proud of myself for not relying on any boxed mixes over the last 8 months. For me, that’s a BIG change! And, honestly, not nearly as hard as I expected!

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