These cookies are totally free of peanuts, nuts, eggs, gluten, wheat, and dairy.
Why the chickpeas? I ran out of shortening and earth balance but had everything else to make chocolate chip cookies. I really wanted to experiment with an egg-free cookie recipe. But without the fat, I was a little stumped. Could I still do it? Most recipes call for so much of said fat, really, the fat only does two things: add volume and softness. I remembered seeing some posts in my Facebook feed from raw food pages about making chocolate chip cookies using chickpeas. So, I thought I’d try pureed chickpeas and canola oil to replace the fat and 1/4 cup of applesauce to replace the eggs.
After deciding on these replacements, and consulting volume of ingredients from two cookbooks, this is what I came up with: a thick, cake-like chocolate chip cookie that, when paired with a tall glass of non-dairy milk, makes for a very comforting treat. The family raved.
I made these very large because I knew my son would get a kick out it. But you can use this recipe for any size and thickness that you want since these don’t spread out at all like the traditional wheat and butter cookie.
Ultimately, there are five really great things about this recipe: 1. They taste great, just like traditional chocolate chip cookies (my fiance did not know I used chickpeas until I told him). 2. They are totally free of the eight most common food allergens. If there is a legume allergy, use silken tofu instead of chickpeas (do not use tofu if there is a soy allergy) 3. You can eat this raw without worry of salmonella poisoning from eggs. Idea: Stir the dough into your favorite ice cream! (Oh yum) 4. You have the benefit of having total control over the size, shape and thickness of these cookies. 5. You don’t have to buy expensive fats such as shortening, earth balance or peanut butter, and thus a bit more economical.
So, here is the recipe. Enjoy!
Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease two large cookie sheets.
In a small food processor, add:
1 15-oz can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained.
1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup of canola oil
2 teaspoons of vanilla
Blend until mixture is very smooth and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together these dry ingredients:
2 cups of your favorite gluten-free flour blend
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (if your flour blend does not have it)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 cup of dark brown sugar
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
Stir together the dry ingredients and then add the chickpea puree. Stir and then you may have to use your very clean hands to squeeze and mix the dough until it all comes together.
Add 1 cup of Enjoy Life or other non-dairy chocolate chips and mix.
Shape cookies and flatten to about 1/4 inch thick. Bake on a rack that is closer to the top as these cookies brown quickly on the bottom. Bake for 11-15 minutes depending on the size and thickness of the cookie. They are done when the edges are golden brown. If you want the tops of the cookies a deeper brown color, finish them under the broiler for just one minute.
Serve warm with a tall glass of cold rice, hemp, soy or other favorite non-dairy milk.