Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

Peanut butter. Chocolate. Cookie Dough. Bite-size? Hmm… I think I’m sold. These cookies are fabulously simple to make, and even grain-free! Healthy? Yes, ma’am! The secret healthy ingredient is chickpeas (yes the same beans you use to make hummus!) and you can’t even notice it in the cookie!

* And this, my friends, is what I love most about baking … being deceptive … I love putting “healthy little trick ingredients” into my baked goods to make things, as Jessica Seinfeld would say, “Deceptively Delicious“! *

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

  • 1 1/4 cups canned chickpeas, well-rinsed and patted dry with a paper towel
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter*
  • 1/4 cup honey (commenters have used agave with success!)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder**
  • a pinch of salt if your peanut butter doesn’t have salt in it
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

* Don’t even try with regular peanut butter! They’ll come out oily. You MUST use natural peanut butter. 🙂

** If you need grain-free baking powder, you can use 1 part cream of tartar + 1 part baking soda + 2 parts arrowroot.

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Combine all the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, in a food processor and process until very smooth. Make sure to scrape the sides and the top to get the little chunks of chickpeas and process again until they’re combined. Put in the chocolate chips and stir it if you can, or pulse it once or twice. The mixture will be very thick and sticky. With wet hands, form into 1 1/2″ balls. Place onto a Silpat or a piece of parchment paper. If you want them to look more like normal cookies, press down slightly on the balls. They don’t do much rising. Bake for about 10 minutes. Yields about fourteen 1 1/2″ cookie dough balls.

via texanerin baking


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