Sugar-Free Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies - These delicious, high protein cookies are made with a combination of chickpeas and peanut butter, NO added sweeteners!
I get a kick out of thinking of my grandma trying to make cookies with beans!
My grandma was a soft-spoken woman that lived well into her 90s. She maintained her trim figure throughout her life despite having five kids and loving sweets.
Some of her favorite desserts included cookies and bars, namely the seven layer variety.
She wasn't one to skimp on sugar or try to make anything 'healthy', so having one of her home-baked goods was a decadent delight!
I am most definitely NOT her, lol!
Anymore, I don't add more than a tablespoon or two of sweetener to anything I make, as I'm constantly juggling various health issues. Sugar is number one on my list of 'foods to avoid'.
I've seen so many creative recipes out there using beans, including brownies, cakes, and cookies. I really like the addition, as they add both protein and texture.
I've taken a popular recipe and basically stripped it of all sweeteners. To get a hint of 'treat', I add in extra vanilla and a combination of sweetened and unsweetened chocolate.
They're not your grandma's cookies, but I love the soft texture and peanut buttery taste.
Coupled with their shape as well as the chocolate, I'm a bit tricked into thinking that I'm getting something a bit more naughty.
These were a surprising hit in our home, which pleased me immensely given their nature.
Please enjoy the following video showing you just how to make them!
Looking for more bean-based treats? Try these!
The Best Black Bean Brownies
Chocolate Chip Detox Fudge
Double Chocolate Cookies
Sugar-Free Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies
- 15 ounce can chickpeas rinsed, drained, and patted dry
- ½ cup peanut butter (I use salted)
- ¼ cup dairy-free milk
- 1 Tbsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking powder
- dash sea salt (if your peanut butter is unsalted)
- 50 grams chopped chocolate (use unsweetened if you want these to be completely sugar-free)
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Process the chickpeas through the sea salt until smooth and well combined.
- Pulse in the chopped chocolate or reserve it for the tops.
- Bake 14-18 minutes or until cookies don't feel squishy to the touch.
- Cool and enjoy! (These are yummy frozen!)
Try adding cinnamon for extra flavor.
Add in a dash of stevia for extra sweetness.
If you have trouble with peanuts, Sunbutter works great in this recipe as well.
Great Northern beans also work well in place of chickpeas!
Some of the items I use to make this recipe include:
These cookies are delicious - greatly surpassed my expectations. Mods: +2 dates for a little sweetness before mixing; +1 heaping spoonful oat flour (rolled oats in blender), since the mix was a tiny bit wet from using home-cooked beans; lastly, stirred in +2 tbsp chopped walnuts after pulsing in the chocolate chips. So lovely. My biggest temptation with this recipe is that the dough tastes so good, it was all I could do not to sit down and eat it as is (this isn't the case with similar cookie recipes based on *chickpea flour*, where the dough tastes terrible).
how do you process chickpeas threw sea salt until smooth?
I can out of peanutbutter, can I use something else instead? Banana, coconut oil, apple sauce or a mix of something
Sorry, I'm not sure, as the peanut butter plays a pretty big part in the recipe. A combo of banana and coconut oil is my best guess!
Chris St. James
I'm more likely to have Chickpea Flour than the Cans of Chickpeas. Would you have any conversion to the amount of Chickpea Flour as a substitute instead? Thanks for your yummy guidance and recipes! Maybe we would have to add some more liquid as well? Could we add a few dates for a Sweetener?
You might peek at my recipe that uses chickpea flour instead: https://www.oatmealwithafork.com/incredible-chickpea-flour-chocolate-chip-cookies-grain-free-vegan/
Mine are currently in the oven! First time baking with chickpeas and oats!
So, I too am trying to find recipes that are 'sweet' but not, if that makes sense, lol. I love these cookies and they satisfy my craving. The texture is there, so that tricks me a bit, lol.
I have only dried chickpea. Is there any alternative way for dried chickpea to make this cookies?
Please and thank you.
I don't think dried chickpeas would taste the same, though I don't know!
I'm sorry, I was thinking this was a different recipe...you can cook your chickpeas and then use them in the recipe. 🙂
Intriguing....when you mentioned the soft texture, does that mean soft as in cake-y, or are they more chewy? And would you say they're better warm or cooled, the same day or after? Haha thank you! I have yet to delve into the world of beans in sweets but this looks like a good one!
I haven't made any of your chickpea recipes yet, only because I've never been a huge chickpea fan. I'm going to make these today or tomorrow though. I can't believe you're posting recipes already with the new baby! You're a beast! Lol I mean that in the best way possible 🙂
Hahaha! Your comment really made me lol. 😀 Thank you!
Lauren, I love your chickpea flour chocolate cookies, but these look delicious...can't wait to try them!
Thanks June! I hope you like them!
What a simple yet delicious recipe Lauren. I'm going to make these cookies soon, very very soon!
Thanks buddy, I hope you like them if you do!