Chickpea Cookies?! I know…sounds gross right? But, I have to tell you I was absolutely astonished how well these turned out. I’ve recently jumped on the plant over processed bandwagon. Whilst I am not ready to commit to a fully vegan lifestyle, I recognise how much better I feel when I stick to more plant based foods in my diet, and cut the CRAP – acronym for Carbonated (drinks), Refined sugar, Alcohol, Processed (foods). So in an effort to really get my zing back I have been testing out some recipes and making them my own!
This is my take on a recipe I found in my most recent cookbook, Plant over Processed by Andrea Hannemann, who has a huge following on her Instagram account: @earthyandy. Flicking through her book, looking for inspiration and a not-so-naughty sweet fix, I fell across her Magic Cookies recipe, and adapted it below, mainly because I didn’t have all the ingredients on her recipe list, but I certainly don’t want to take all the credit from this amazing, healthy lady, who created the key ingredients and quantities for this recipe.
+I can of chickpeas (drained)
+1/2 cup natural peanut butter
+1/2 cup honey (maple syrup is a great option too)
+2 tsp vanilla extract
+1 tsp cinammon
+1/2 tsp baking powder
+1/2 cup of raisins
Time needed: 30 minutes.
Pre-heat the oven to 180° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
In a blender, mix a can of chickpeas (drained), peanut butter, honey, vanilla extract, baking soda, cinnamon and blend together until smooth
Fold in the raisins with a wooden spoon or spatula
Scoop out the dough and roll into equal sized balls, and press down to make a cookie shape and spread them out across the parchment paper
Bake for 20 minutes, let cool and enjoy!
I couldn’t believe how good these taste! They are Gluten Free, Dairy Free and sweet enough, satisfying and have the right texture that a soft comforting cookie calls for! One thing I should mention, is that they do get softer, so these are a sweet treat to enjoy fast! Perfect for a family, or hungry husband and are packed full of protein for a great post-workout snack, but if you don’t want to eat the entire batch in one go, I always find freezing portions of goodies is a great solution. It means you have something on standby in those moments you need a quick fix, and don’t want to fall off your healthy plan!