These peanut butter chickpea cookies are protein-packed and loaded with plenty of peanut butter and minimal sugar. The best part is that they're gluten free, vegan and only 6 ingredients!
You read that right folks: chickpea cookies. One of my favorite things in LIFE is sneaking vegetables or legumes into dessert recipes, like in this chocolate zucchini cake or these chickpea pancakes. More times than not, you can't tell the difference and you're squeezing in some extra nutrients--talk about a win-win! The thing about this chickpea cookie recipe is that you're probably not going to convince anyone that these are traditional chocolate chip cookies. I mean of course you're not, because they're not. However, they're still really freaking good and if there is such thing is a guilt-free cookie recipe, this is it.
CHICKPEA CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
This recipe is a fan favorite because it requires simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand. A few other reasons these cookies are so popular is because 1) they're flourless 2) they're made with actual chickpeas 3) they're loaded with peanut butter and 4) they require minimal sugar. No seriously, you have to try them! Here's what you need in order to make these cookies:
- peanut butter
- maple syrup
- vanilla extract
- baking soda
- chocolate chips
HOW TO MAKE CHICKPEA COOKIES
Did I mention these cookies can and should be made in your food processor? You know what that means, right? These cookies require just ONE DISH--woohoo!
Drain and rinse your chickpeas: This step is important, so don't skip it. Simply pour the chickpeas into a strainer then rinse them with water for 15 seconds or so. Then immediately pour them into your food processor and pulse for 10 seconds or so.
Add the remaining ingredients: Minus the chocolate chips, add the other ingredients to your food processor and pulse until a large ball of dough is formed.
Add the chocolate chips: Remove the blade from your food processor, then stir in the chocolate chips. Note: the dough is going to be a bit sticky and wet, and that's ok! Using an ice cream scooper, scoop the dough out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake the cookies for 17-20 minutes.
These cookies are perfectly chewy and packed with protein thanks to the "secret" chickpea ingredient! But don't worry, they still taste oh-so-delicious, just the way a cookie should.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Cookies
These chickpea cookies are loaded with peanut butter and protein and make for a truly guilt-free cookie recipe.Print Pin Rate
Servings: 10 cookies
- 15 oz. chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ cup chocolate chips or more
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Pour chickpeas into a strainer, then rinse them for 15 seconds or so. Place chickpeas into a food processor and pulse for approximately 10 seconds.
- Add peanut butter, syrup, vanilla, and baking soda; pulse together. The mixture or "dough" should form a large ball in the food processor.
- Remove blade from your food processor, then stir in the chocolate chips.
- Use a spoon or ice cream scooper to scoop dough out onto your baking sheet. Bake cookies for 17-20 minutes. The cookies will be slightly underdone, and that's ok! You want them that way so that they're soft and chewy.
Yields 10-12 cookies Calorie count is per cookie
Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 251mg | Potassium: 309mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 22IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2mg
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What kind of peanut butter do you use for these? Natural or processed? Making today!
Natural! I use peanut butter where the only ingredient is peanuts (or peanuts + salt) -- try not to use any with oil in it because it changes the texture of the cookies. Let me know how they turn out!
These are delicious! Especially with a pinch of sea salt sprinkled on top pre-baking. Thanks for the recipe!
YES to adding a little sea salt -- so happy you liked them!
Sarah | Well and Full says
These cookies look incredible!! I'm down for anything with chickpeas anyways 😉
Erin (Ezz) says
OMG, these look like such a delish but still healthy treat, they look especially nice for my boyfriend's lunch box! Thanks for sharing, I'll let you know once I've given them a try! Can I also just say your food photography skills are incredible!
Ashley Hoober says
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING. these are now a go-to breakfast and snack item in my busy house!
WOOHOO!!! Glad they've become a staple for you 🙂
Kathleen @ Produce On Parade says
OOoo I am definitely trying these! My husband can't eat a lot of sugar for health reasons but I have a huge sweet tooth so I need to make desserts super low in sugar. This is awesome. I can't wait to try these this weekend, Erin! These look amazing.
Amazing! I bet he will love these.
jess @choosingchia says
I've still never tried chickpeas in baked goods but after seeing these I think I gotta!!
Megan (The Lyons' Share) says
LOVE this recipe!! Will make it many times again! Thanks for sharing!
Selena @ The Nutritious Kitchen says
Oh my goodness I just started stumbling through your blog and so many recipes looks delicious! These look like the perfect way to satisfy my cookie craving without over indulging in the unhealthy stuff!
Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite says
I learned this lesson this weekend too- it took me THREE separate batches of sweet potatoes on the grill before I didn't forget about them and they turned to complete 100% black char. Ah the life lessons you learn from cooking (or baking hehe)
GiGi Eats Celebrities says
Yeah, my brain just took a turn into immature land and can only think: Chicka-Pee-Pee.
I really don't have a CLUE where that came from. Perhaps because I am brain dead from school work? LOL!
Melissa @ Nourish By Melissa says
Yum! These look great and the pictures are so nice 🙂 I'm totally obsessed with chickpeas...so versatile.
Jordan @ The Blonde Vegan says
Hooooly crap, just pinned so many of these photos. These look SO GOOD! And I will trust you that fifth time's a charm on these, because I have been trying to get a similar recipe down for a while and there's always something missing. Absolutely gotta try these!! Stay tuned on my site, you'll for sure be getting a big ol' shoutout 🙂
Thank you!! This just made my night 🙂
Your photos are also so awesome... so funny, I have a chickpea blondie recipe ready for when my blog is ready to go again... dun-dun-dun... your cookies look like they turned out so well, so fluffy and cookie-looking!! Gotta try this 🙂 and love the minimal added sugar 🙂
Ahhh can't wait to see your recipe AND your blog!
Kim @ BusyBod says
These look delicious lady! I had a recipe fail myself last week, but I'll keep at it!
Arman @ thebigmansworld says
5 times the charm is my lucky number too- attempts 1-4 are always fails (well, 3 and 4 tend to be better!).
I reckon I'm better at cooking...the ratios of recipes I often follow are American and me and maths conversions = fail.
Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate says
I am loving sticking chickpeas in yummy baked goods lately, these look delcious!