My Secret-Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies are one of the most popular recipes on my blog, and one of the recipes my family makes most frequently. Spoiler: they are made of chickpeas. Does it get better than chocolate chip cookies that aren’t terrible for you? Well, how about healthy brownies?
I tweaked that chickpea chocolate chip cookie dough into a brownie batter. Eating it raw as brownie batter is actually even more delicious than the cookies! I used black beans and added cocoa, and made fudgy cookies that are really yummy. I’ve tested them on some people, and no one even thought to ask if they were healthy or made of anything strange. The trick is to not tell anyone they are black bean cookies until after they’ve tried them. I promise, no one will guess.
Unlike most cookies, these are not best straight out of the oven, but after some time. We like them best when they have cooled at least a few hours.
For some Christmas flair, peppermint chocolate chips or crushed candy cane makes these even more festive.
Like putting beans in your desserts? Haha! Me, too. You’d love this Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie, our favorite dessert.
Shhhh....just don't mention the beans.
- 1 14-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 TBSP cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (or any nut/seed butter of choice)
- 1/2 cup honey, maple syrup, sugar, or other sweetener
- 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Process all ingredients in a food processor or high-speed blender. Add chocolate chips last and gently process or stir in.
Use a cookie scoop or two spoons to create tablespoon-sized cookies. Batter will be runnier than traditional cookie dough. Press a few more chocolate chips into the top. Enjoy the batter! Can even use it as chocolate hummus on fruit, etc. or eat with a spoon.
Bake for 20-23 miutes. They won't look done yet. Let cool completely before eating, at least 1 hour. They need to cool to finish setting up.