We all deserve a treat once in a while and what better way to indulge yourself than with chocolate chip cookies. Most supermarket cookies are packed with additives, sugar and lots of other nasties that personally I try to avoid. It’s always best to make your own treats so you can keep an eye on what is going into them.

Mixing bowl ready to be licked clean.

Mixing bowl ready to be licked clean.

I have managed to find a recipe that contains no added sugar, is gluten free and suitable for vegans. Not only that but you won’t need eggs or flour, what I will say is you need to get your hands on a can or two of chickpeas (garbanzos).

You are probably thinking the same as what I was thinking when I first heard about chickpea cookies. ‘Gross!’ However you need to try it before you make your judgement. Considering the only unhealthy ingredient is the chocolate chips, this is perfect for healthy food lovers.

Freshly baked cookies straight out of the oven.

Freshly baked cookies straight out of the oven.

These cookies are crammed with tons of protein and fibre so you can feel good after eating them. I would recommend eating them when they are first baked so they are warm and gooey. I have adapted the original recipe I found to suit me and you can too. There are loads of possibilities and choices to try out. Try substituting the dates for things like banana or even prunes. You could also swap oats for flax seed.

Store your cookies in an air tight container so they keep longer.

Store your cookies in an air tight container so they keep longer.

Ingredients:

  •  2 cans of chick peas (well-rinsed)
  • 136g oats
  • 300g pitted dates
  • 4 packs of stevia (sweetener)
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp oil (coconut, veg)
  • 136g chocolate chips
  • 240ml milk
  • 60ml unsweetened apple sauce
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp natural vanilla extract

Recipe:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees / Gas mark #4. Grease and line your baking tray.

This recipe is simple, once you have weighed everything out, combine all the ingredients with the exception of the chocolate chips into your food processor and blend. You are looking for a smooth result, where the dates are unable to be seen and the mixture combines naturally. Once you have achieved this, add the chocolate chips in and take a teaspoon/ dessert spoon (depending on the size you want). Scoop the mixture with the spoon onto a baking tray and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes and then leave to cool for 15 minutes.

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