Maintaining a healthy diet is all about nourishing your body with clean and nutrient dense foods to help fuel you throughout the day. You can eat clean, stay fit, and still enjoy a little treat every now and then. Just keep in mind, indulge in moderation. Just because it’s “healthy” doesn’t mean you should overindulge. Instead, maintain a healthy balance in your diet. See one of Mackenzie’s favorite guilt-free recipes that will give you just enough sweetness to curve that cookie craving!
Choco Chickpea Cookies
- 1 15oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- ½ cup smooth nut butter (almond, peanut, sunflower and cashew are all good options but make sure it is unsalted & no added sugars)
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips (you can use vegan chips if you want to make cookies dairy-free)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Add the chickpeas and nut butter into a food processor and blend on high for 1 minute.
- Add the maple syrup and vanilla and continue to blend for 2-3 minutes, scraping down the sides every minute. You want the mixture to be entirely free of any lumps.
- Add the baking soda, baking powder, and salt, then blend for 30 seconds.
- Test the temperature of the batter and if necessary, let cool before adding the chocolate chips. When blending for a long time, the mixture can get warm and cause the chocolate to melt slightly.
- Once cooled, stir in the chocolate chips.
- Drop rounded tablespoons of cookie dough onto a baking sheet. The cookies will spread just slightly so be sure you leave a few inches of space between cookies.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes until the cookies have browned on the edges.