Chocolate chickpea cookies

These chocolate chickpea cookies are the definition of a healthy dessert or snack. They're grain-free, gluten-free and full of healthy carbohydrates and fats.

Do you ever have one of those days when you just really need a cookie? Not want, need. Nothing will fill the void. No matter how many pieces of fruit or roasted nuts you have, the craving remains.

It might not be a cookie for you. Maybe chocolate, ice cream, chips and/or cheese is your vice. Whatever it is, I’m sure you’ve felt a strong food craving for it before. It’s usually a bit of sign that you’re depriving yourself a little too hard.

It’s human nature to want something 100 times more when you’re told you can’t have it. I’m not saying this in a, “I saw it on Oprah,” kind of way. I was legitimately told this by a university lecturer during a nutrition class. It instantly made so much sense to me.

It’s better to eat well most of the time than super clean for a month. 

If extreme deprivation isn’t effective (and it certainly isn’t any fun), why do we keep doing it to ourselves? Consider the majority of popular diets and food protocols, they all involve some sort of deprivation:

  • Paleo = nothing a caveman wouldn’t eat
  • Ketosis = nothing that isn’t mostly fat
  • Juice fasting = nothing solid
  • Raw = nothing that’s remotely warm
  • Low carb = nothing delicious (just kidding)

But seriously, I’ve seen so many people (myself included) start these eating styles and see success for a few weeks or even months, only to “fall off the wagon” eventually. I’m not saying people who do this are lazy or that these eating styles don’t offer health benefits. What I am saying is that most aren’t sustainable.

That why I love the “majority” approach.

Just focus on making the healthy choice most of the time, not every single time. You can still be majority Paleo, or low-carb most of the time. But leave a little wiggle room for life. Living a healthy lifestyle most of the time for the long-term is much better for you than sticking to a super clean diet for a month.

And to celebrate your new vow of being healthy most of the time, you should definitely whip up a batch of these chocolate chickpea cookies. Not only are they grain-free and full nutrients, but they’re freaking delicious!

Chocolate Chickpea Cookies
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Delicious and nutritious chickpea cookies that are grain-free, low in sugar and full of complex carbohydrates and healthy fats.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1.5 cup cooked chickpeas
  2. 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
  3. 3 Tbsp rice bran syrup (75g) (can sub for honey)
  4. 1 tspn liquid stevia (or one more Tbsp syrup/honey)
  5. 4 Tbsp peanut butter (80g)
  6. 1 tspn vanilla essence
  7. 1 tspn baking powder
  8. 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks (80g)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 175°C (350°F) and line a baking tray with paper.
  2. Add chickpeas to a food processor and pulse for one minute, until chickpeas begin to break down.
  3. Add all other ingredients EXCEPT chocolate chips and process until smooth dough forms*.
  4. Remove blade and fold in chocolate chips with a spoon.
  5. Use spoon to place 10 even portions on the baking tray. Press out lightly with a fork.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes for a soft centre, or longer if you like your cookies crunchy.
Notes
  1. *Add 1 Tbsp of water or milk if mixture is too thick.
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