A healthy version of a classic favorite, these 2-Bite Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect treat for you and your little ones!
I love, love, love how food and recipes brings people together -- especially moms! After all, whether we see ourselves as gourmet chefs, home cooks, or complete novices, we all have to feed our families sometimes. These sweet little treats are a great example of that!
Today's recipe is another great idea from a childhood friend of mine. Becca and I went to school together from elementary school all of the way through high school, and then parted ways. A few years down the road now and we both have babies about the same age (her daughter Quinnlyn is slightly younger than Spence), and we have had fun reconnecting on Facebook and through this blog. Here's a recent picture of Becca and baby Quinnlyn...just look at those cheeks and chunky baby thighs -- adorable!!!
When Becca sent me this recipe for a healthy version of chocolate chip cookies, my curiosity was piqued! My kids love chocolate, I love a healthy spin on old favorites, and the cookies came highly recommended by a trusted source. And since Becca got the recipe from another friend who loved it, I knew that I better get into my kitchen FAST!
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I wasn't sure how my kids would react to cookies that were made from peanut butter, walnuts, and...garbanzo beans?!?! Yes, the ingredients sound a bit odd, but you know what? These have been a HUGE hit in my house! I didn't call them "healthy" and I didn't advertise the list of wholesome ingredients when I was feeding my family. They just loved the taste (and the chocolate/peanut butter combination), and the fact that they're so cute and bite-sized!
You should see the boys' excitement each time I allow them to have a bowl of these "cookies" for snack. They think that they're really getting away with something...
Since there are no eggs in this recipe, you can also feel free to eat the dough raw. It really tastes amazing! And once you do bake them for a few minutes, the result is a crusty outside with a soft, moist inside. Give them a try!
2-Bite Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 15.5 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- ½ cup almond butter or peanut butter
- ¼ cup of unsweetened coconut
- ¼ cup old-fashioned oats
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- ½ cup chopped walnuts optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine first 7 ingredients in food processor and pulse until dough forms.
- Gently fold in chocolate chips and walnuts.
- Using a teaspoon, scoop dough onto a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Use the back of a spoon to press down on the cookies and flatten slightly.
- Bake for approximately 20 minutes.