Incredible Chickpea Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies (Grain-Free, Vegan)

You can never have too many chocolate chip cookie recipes, right?

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But wait, not only are these delicious and healthy, they are made in ONE bowl, with ONE flour, free of grains, gluten, nuts, dairy, and eggs…and they’re pretty stellar on the sugar front as well.

I grew up in a family that wasn’t all rainbows and sunshine.

Nothing was fundamentally wrong with anyone in the sense of abuse or the like, my parents just didn’t get along well, and though I tried to make the best of my childhood (which I have great memories of overall), I always knew something was amiss between my folks.

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When my dad would take half days from work, it was me he wanted to spend time with.

We’d go out to lunch, to movies, and even shopping together. He was my best friend, which is quite unlike most girls who naturally gravitate towards their mothers.

I loved my mom and spending time with her as well, but I definitely favored my dad.

My dad and I had much more in common, in that we enjoyed the same TV shows, we’re both introverts, and we have a very similar sense of humor, which is one of the reasons I love my husband so much.

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Having a sense of humor is extremely important to me, and I couldn’t have married someone who didn’t make me laugh.

In addition to laughter, my husband and I both put a strong emphasis on healthy eating, another trait I couldn’t have lived without in a mate.

While my emphasis is usually on vegetables, his revolves around his protein intake.

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Though he loves and eats all of my treats, I know there’s a special place in his mouth for the ones that are higher in muscle-building aminos (like these cupcakes or these brownies), so this got me thinking about chickpea flour.

I do so love chickpea flour! High in protein, no eggs needed for binding…how have I not considered using this amazing ingredient in spherical treats before??

Turns out, the stuff makes one hell of a cookie.

Incredible Protein Chocolate Chip Cookies (Grain-Free, Vegan)
 
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Serves: 8 cookies
Ingredients
  • ¾ c. + 1 T. COLD chickpea flour (mine is kept in the freezer)
  • healthy ¼ t. sea salt
  • ½ t. baking soda
  • 2 T. natural granulated sugar
  • ⅛ t. powdered stevia extract
  • 3 T. coconut oil, melted before measuring
  • 3 T. maple syrup
  • ½ t. vanilla
  • ¼ c. chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
  • 1-2 t. water, as needed
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together (flour, salt, baking soda, sugar, stevia).
  3. Stir in the oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and chocolate until well combined.
  4. Add in just enough to moisten all of the dry ingredients (the dough should be very thick).
  5. Roll the dough into eight balls and place them onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  6. Press down on the top of each ball of dough to flatten a bit.
  7. Bake 13-14 minutes until lightly golden.
  8. After removing the baking sheet from the oven, press down on the top of each cookie lightly with a fork to flatten them a bit. This is compacts the cookie, giving it a chewy center and crisp edges.
  9. Cool cookies and enjoy!
Notes
Nutrition facts are based on using coconut sugar. WW points (new system): 4
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅛ of recipe Calories: 166 Fat: 7.9 g Saturated fat: 5.6 g Unsaturated fat: 2.3 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 20.5 g Sugar: 9.4 g Sodium: 148 mg Fiber: 3.7 g Protein: 4.3 g Cholesterol: 1 mg

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My husband thought these tasted like a ‘healthy Chips Ahoy’. Though I never ate enough of the name brand to make the same comparison, I have to agree that these may be my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe….ever.

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A word of caution when making the dough….DON’T eat it! Chickpea flour tastes horrible raw, so don’t judge these until after baking.

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I enjoy these either fresh out of the oven or fresh out of the fridge (not sure that’s fresh, but whatev).

These have an almost shortbread-like quality, in that they’re buttery without the butter. Yum!

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Do you bake with chickpea flour? What important trait do you look for in a mate?

A small note:

Growing up the way that I did, I’m very much a guy’s girl, which leads me into an explanation for Friday’s post.

I received an email regarding the YouTube video that I had linked to, stating that the reader found the content offensive.

The video had nothing to do with my blog or the food I create, I just thought it was a funny look into the male mind. I do, however, see how it could be misconstrued by the female audience, so I removed it.

I just wanted to apologize if anyone else was offended. I meant no harm, I guess I just have a bawdy sense of humor from being around so much testosterone in my life. :-)

 

 

 

Friday Finds

1. Should Women Shave Their Face?

We shave our underarms, we shave our legs, and some of us even shave other unmentionable areas…so what about our face?

 

It is said that one of the reasons Japanese women look so youthful and have such beautiful skin is because they employ this technique in their daily grooming routine.

The shaving not only removes the fine hairs termed ‘peach fuzz’, but also provides exfoliation of dead cells off the skin surface, promotes more rapid turnover of the skin’s outer layers, and makes application of foundation and other makeup easier.

Termed ‘dermaplaning’ or ‘blading’ here in the U.S., women can pay hundreds of dollars to have this done in a salon, but a sharp razor and some patience can get the job done at home for far cheaper.

If you have a persistent problem with facial hair, you might also consider this handy tool (I personally own these and love them!).

2. Infrared Sauna Therapy

So, next to our house and vehicles, my husband and I just made the most expensive purchase of our life together.

combination saunas have both far infrared and traditional electric ceramic heaters as well

FIR (far-infrared) sauna therapy is touted to be of help for myriad health conditions, including two of my most prominent ones: Lyme disease and heavy metal toxicity.

During my time at an allergy clinic in Dallas, Texas, I used an FIR sauna twice daily, and I felt great! My skin looked better, I felt more energetic, my allergies were better, and I felt happier.

It’s been years since I’ve used this treatment, but I’m hopeful our new investment can improve my day-to-day living.

If you have any questions about it, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me!

3. Ascended Health Oralive

I’ve briefly mentioned in a couple of recent posts about some trouble I’ve been having with my teeth.

Though I’ve had everything checked out and X-rayed, I’ve still been experiencing some teeth sensitivity and bleeding gums, along with random nerve pain. After reading some info online, I began to worry that I might need a root canal, which has been giving me some pretty bad anxiety.

My mom grew up having a slew of dental issues, including cavities, crowns, and root canals, and after seeking her help, she turned me onto this product (I’m also coveting this facial oil from the same company.).

This stuff has been awesome.

If I begin to have pain, I go brush my teeth with this, and I feel the pain diminish within 10 minutes, so I had to mention it here.

I’ve also been upping my vitamin C (taking one teaspoon of vitamin C mixed with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda every few hours), which I think has been aiding my bleeding gums.

4. R.I.P. Robin Williams

Even though I have no idea what Robin Williams was like in his personal life, I think he was a great actor, and I was so sad to hear of his death.

Having struggled with depression for years myself, I have so much sympathy for him.

One of my favorite movies of his that may not be on your radar is One Hour Photo. He definitely has a different role, but it’s such a great watch, so I thought I’d mention it.

What do you think of shaving your face? What is your dental routine? Favorite Robin Williams movie?

What I Ate Wednesday (8/13/14)

Breakfast

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For breakfast, I made this berry slushie bowl of sorts.

I combine kefir, hemp milk, a mix of frozen berries, some vanilla, stevia, and raw honey in a large mug, and then mix it around a bit. When I mash the berries with my spoon, it creates a kind of slushie texture that I love!

Snack

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Nothing fancy, just some organic grapes. My favorite way to eat these is frozen, but on this day, I just couldn’t wait!

Lunch

For lunch, I had a variety of things in the fridge that needed to be used, including some chicken, rice, and random vegetables, so I threw them together to make this tasty curry dish…

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This actually turned out pretty well, though next time, I would ease up on my turmeric. It sort of overpowered the rest of the flavors!

Snack

The afternoon was spent testing a new oatmeal raisin cookie recipe…

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How I don’t have a recipe for these on the blog already, I do NOT know. They are my fave, and these were absolutely delicious. I’ll post the recipe soon!

Dinner

Healthy chow mein…

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I have been craving carbs lately (can’t you tell?), so a vegetable version of the Chinese classic was in order!

This was so good. My husband kept going back for more, while proclaiming how much he loved the dish. I haven’t had Chinese food in so long, so it was nice to eat a cleaned up variant of one of my old-time favorites.

Dessert

For dessert…

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Even MORE carbs, but it was so worth it. I combined spelt flour with a small amount of sweetener, stevia, cocoa, and orange juice to make these scrumptious, fluffy treats. There’s always room for chocolate! :-)

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten this week?

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