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

Ingredients

  • 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)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add the chickpeas and nut butter into a food processor and blend on high for 1 minute.
  3. 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.
  4. Add the baking soda, baking powder, and salt, then blend for 30 seconds.
  5. 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.
  6. Once cooled, stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. 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.
  8. Bake for 12-14 minutes until the cookies have browned on the edges.

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