This recipe is a delicious treat that is packed with a variety of healthy nutrients and contains no flour, eggs, or oil. The chickpeas and nut butters provide a great source of fiber and protein, and the flaxseeds provide heart-healthy omega-3’s. The batter bakes up nicely into rounded cookie bites with gooey centers, or just eat it by the spoonful!
Combine all ingredients except the chocolate chips in a food processor or high-speed blender and blend/pulse until well combined. Use a spatula to scrape the sides down and blend for another minute, checking the batter to make sure that there are no chunks or pieces of bean skin visible. The finished dough should be very soft and sticky.
Transfer the dough to a bowl, fold in the chocolate chips, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. The dough can be eaten as is or shaped into balls for baking or freezing.
To bake, preheat oven to 350 ˚F. Use a 2-inch scoop or a tablespoon to portion the cookie dough. Drop the dough onto a parchment lined sheet pant, rolling the dough into balls if desired. Place cookie sheet in the center of the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes, until the bottoms are golden brown. The cooke bites should be slightly firm on the outside but still soft to the touch. Remove the tray from the oven and let the cookie bites cool on the tray.
To freeze, shape the dough into balls as for baking and place on a lined sheet pan. Place the tray in the freezer until the dough is firm. The dough balls can then be stored in a zip top bag or airtight container. Frozen dough balls can be eaten as is or baked directly from the freezer following the baking instructions above.
Make mini cookie bites by using a 1-inch scoop or a heaping, rounded teaspoonful of dough. Bake for 12-14 minutes.
For a stronger peanut flavor, feel free to substitute some or all of the almond butter with peanut butter.
For a lower fat option, 3 tablespoons powdered peanut butter with 1.5 tablespoons of water works well in place of the regular peanut butter.
The honey can be substituted with equal amounts of other sweeteners such as maple syrup or stevia.