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Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

January 12, 2010

Most of the time, before I eat a complete recipe, I can usually predict what the end result will taste like.  This, however, was a different case.  I had no idea what would result from putting garbanzo beans in a chocolate chip cookie batter.

It was the weirdest thing.  These taste like peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.  The garbanzo beans transformed into this nutty entity within the cookie.  These are not diet cookies.  They are not healthy cookies.  They’re just damn good cookies.

Jessica Seinfeld may have been trying to sneak legumes into her kids’ diets when she developed this recipe, but no need to dance around here — chocolate chip cookies may actually more delicious with chickpeas than without.

Chick pea Chocolate Chip Cookies (at least 24, from Deceptively Delicious)
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup smart balance
2 egg whites
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 cups chocolate chips
2 cups flour
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare baking pan (I prefer stoneware ungreased). Beat sugar and margarine until smooth. Beat in egg whites and vanilla, then add chickpeas and chocolate chips. Add flour, oats, baking soda and salt.  Drop by tablespoonful onto baking sheet.  Bake 11 to 13 min until golden brown.

The cookie in the foreground was cooked on a SilPat.  We prefer the texture of the cookies baked on stoneware, pictured in the first photo.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. January 12, 2010 7:41 am

    They don’t look scary…lol! I need to get brave and try this. I just won’t tell anyone they have chickpeas until after they try them. =) Keep up the great blog updates.

  2. January 12, 2010 10:45 am

    wow, never woulda thought of that!

  3. January 12, 2010 9:19 pm

    Wondering if “smart butter” is the same as “Smart Balance,” and am going ahead that way as I’m making them right now! ;D

    • brannyboilsover permalink*
      January 13, 2010 6:43 am

      Yes, I meant Smart Balance! The recipe calls for “spreadable tub margarine without transfats)

  4. January 12, 2010 10:45 pm

    WOW! I am beyond intrigued! I love that you clarify that they’re not a “healthy” cookie : ) At least they’re higher in fiber…? : ) I want to try these!!

  5. January 12, 2010 11:55 pm

    OK, just tasted the first one. Pretty darn good. The garbanzos are invisible, and since we had just cooked a batch (from dried) in the pressure cooker, they were pretty cheap, too! I used one-minute oats, and substituted an extra 1/2 cup for 1/2 cup of the flour, so they’re even more substantial… dare I say “healthy”?

  6. Frank permalink
    January 13, 2010 12:05 am

    These are YUMMY!!! Definitely an A++++!

  7. Wendy permalink
    January 18, 2010 10:17 am

    Huh. I would never have thought of that. I’ll have to give those a try.

  8. January 24, 2010 4:23 am

    Strange … but I’ve been on a cookie kick so I’ll have to try this one!

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