Even though I’m not much of a Christmas person – long boring story – I do get in a cooking/baking holiday spirit around this time of year. Traditionally, in Poland, the cookery starts in early December and continues until Christmas – after all the poor polish women have to create 12 dishes to grace the Chrismas Day table. I don’t exactly carry this tradition in my own home, mostly because, as much as I love leftovers, I don’t want to be eating them for months on end. However, I do get an itch to create dishes that maybe I wouldn’t if it wasn’t for the holiday season.
I’ve been wanting to incorporate beans into my sweet treats for as long as I can remember. Even prior to becoming plant-based I felt like beans were such a great underappreciated food. I’ve seen bean-centric recipes made by people in the fitness industry as a way to limit the use of processed flours, but they always included a lot of whey protein powders and artificial sweeteners. Somehow those recipes never really appealed to me that much, but today I am again drawn to bean recipes. After a quick internet search, this is what I came up with: Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies.
- Serves: 820g
- Serving size: 10g
- Calories: 34
- Fat: 1
- Carbohydrates: 6
- Fiber: 1
- Protein: 1
- 800g rinsed Chickpeas
- 150g Oat Flour (grind some oats if you don't have oat flour)
- 100g Coconut Sugar
- 2Tbs Vanilla Extract
- 1tsp Baking Powder
- 2Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
- 100g Dairy-free Dark Chocolate Chips
- Combine the dry ingredients together.
- Bend Chickpeas, Vanilla Extract and Apple Cider Vinegar together in a large food processor.
- Add the dry ingredients to your Chickpea mixture, adding water to help the ingredients bind and form cookie dough.
- Line a cookie sheet with some parchment paper and place spoonfuls of the dough, making sure you even them out with the spoon.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes or until the cookies brown a bit and get a crunchy exterior.
- Serve with a cup of tea.
Now mind you, I'm not saying that these are healthy by any stretch of the imagination - they are still sweets, so don't be food by the ingredient list. I don't believe there is such a thing as healthy sweets - unless of course you're eating an apple.
I feel somewhat accomplished in knowing that none of the people I fed these to were able to name the main ingredient in them. I don’t know why, but I’m pretty sure that had I revealed the main ingredient up front, I wouldn’t have had many if any takers. I’m certain of that because I get the same reaction when I list out the components of my daily lunches after an inquisition ensues caused by the smell of my reheated food that leaves an inevitable aroma trail as I return to my desk to have my feast – people seem almost willing to dig in with me, that is until I spell out what’s in my lunch container. Then, all of a sudden, all as one proclaim they would not touch it with a 10 foot pole. “But why?”, I ask. Why? Simply because it’s unfamiliar? Well then, the joke’s on you, I just put chickpeas in my cookies and you loved them! And here is how you can make them yourself. Enjoy!