I didn’t think this recipe was going to work. I was stood in Sainsbury’s, debating with myself about spending £4 on a jar of almond butter for a recipe that might not work. I pulled together a scrappy idea, started adding ingredients to my food processor, wincing as I scooped all four pounds worth of almond butter in, and started to blitz. They were rustic, they were packed full of choc chips, but would they work? Out of the oven, golden brown and warm to touch, I tentatively picked one up and took a bite. It was . . . gooey, chocolatey and goodness me, absolutely delicious.
No one is more surprised than me that a vegan cookie made with chickpeas could be so good. Even a day or two later, cooled in the fridge, they’re still gooey and tasty. I will be making these again with some different flavour combinations, I’m thinking white chocolate and cranberry for my next batch.
Preheat the oven to 160C.
Into a food processor, add one 400g carton of drained and rinsed chickpeas. Add 160g (practically a whole jar) of almond butter, 2tbsp date syrup, 2tbsp maple syrup, 1tsp gluten free baking powder and 2tsp vanilla extract. You could add a pinch of salt if that’s to your taste. Be brave and blitz.
Stir through 75g dark chocolate chips. You’re basically dealing with sticky houmous, so do your best to mould into cookie shapes. Don’t worry, mine were very rustic too.
Bake for ten minutes, and then check. The cookies are done when they’re golden brown.
Not only did I manage to bake a decent cookie (baking is not my strong suit), I went one step further and made a vegan ice cream sundae. Using Coconut Collaborative’s Frozen Coconut ice cream, I added cacao nibs, mixed chopped nuts, a sprinkle of desiccated coconut, plenty of maple syrup and a Chickpea Cookie to create this heavenly dessert. I very rarely have ice cream, but knowing it’s completely gluten free, dairy free and full of wholefoods makes it much easier to indulge. I personally wouldn’t eat this everyday, but it made a fantastic weekend treat.
Would you make cookies with chickpeas? My next experiment is to make brownies with beans! Let me know if you’ve got a good recipe. Feel free to leave a comment down below or come say hi on Instagram.