make these. immediately.

chocolate chip cookies.  using a can of vegetables.  seriously.

the secret ingredient is a can of chickpeas.  garbanzo beans.  yep, you read that right.  i have seen the chocolate chip cookie dough recipe on pinterest using chickpeas and attempted to make it but wasn’t impressed.  in all honesty, i am not a huge cookie fan.

the husband however, major fan.  i am pretty sure that is what first made him think dating me could be the best thing ever.  when we first started dating we lived an hour and half apart.  on the weekends i would drive up and i always brought homemade chocolate chip cookies.  it was love at first bite ;)

fast forward 12 years and i still know the best way to treat him, bake chocolate chip cookies.  yesterday was the first day in a week that i was feeling more like myself.  the raging hormone crazy person had left and i wanted to do something sweet for the husband.  you know, to thank him for not running for the hills.

i wanted to make a healthy version.  something that i could enjoy as well.  this girl needs a little chocolate here and there too ya know.  to the internet i went.  chickpea chocolate chip cookie recipes everywhere! i decided to give them a try.  and you know what?  delicious.

i based my recipe primarily off of this one with a few substitutions.

ingredients:
can of no salt added chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained.
2 tsp of vanilla
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp of peanut butter. i used PB2 to cut calories.
1/4 cup of honey
1 tsp of baking powder
1/4 cup of chocolate chips

directions:
1- preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2- combine all the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, in a food processor and process until very smooth. i used my vitamix.  sigh.  i love it so.  make sure to scrape the sides and the top to get the little chunks of chickpeas and process again until they’re combined.
3- put in the chocolate chips and combine.  the mixture will be very thick and sticky.
4- with wet hands, form into 1 1/2″ balls.
5- 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 rise at all during baking.
6- bake for about 10-15 minutes.

nutrition information:
i got 16 cookies that were 55 calories each.  knowing the most of the calories were coming from a vegetable made me very pleased with the “treat” i was enjoying.

and the husband, the chocolate cookie monster, ate six cookies never guessing the secret ingredient.  i would say that was a success.

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