February 25, 2014

Vegan Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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And I brought cookies!
Oh, and I also changed the commenting system - let me know what you think PLEASE.  I won't mind if you hate it, it is still growing on me ;)
(Crazy long weekends call for enormous amounts of cookies.  Goes without saying.)
And not just any cookies - these are intensely peanut butter-y and studded with smooth dark chocolate.  Although they are small, they pack a powerful punch of the world's best combo - chocolate and peanut butter! 

Ever since I tried chickpeas in raw cookie dough, I couldn't wait to try a peanut butter version.  Now, I've attempted beans in baking before and it didn't work.  At all.  So I was a little hesitant to try again.  But these cookies are incredible - they might just be my all time favorite peanut butter cookies.  They are thick, but not fluffy, like some bean based cookies are.  These are dense and a little crumbly.  Each bite tastes buttery, without the annoying greasiness of oil.  And there is nothing in the way of the peanut butter flavor; oh, except for the bites of chocolate, but I can't complain there.  I'll let you in on a little secret -
these have no butter
or oil
or flour
and, even though I love eggs, there aren't on the list either. 
Vegan chocolate chip peanut butter cookies.  That taste like chocolate chip peanut butter cookies.
Totally and completely true.

I love mini things and I wish I could say it was for the cute factor.  I'm pretty sure I like them because I can eat three or four or ten.  I'm pretty sure I did just that with these.
They are that good.
No one will guess they are healthy.  You could eat them for breakfast!  But I really don't like the title breakfast cookies - it makes me think of oat and banana and applesauce.  Don't get me wrong, I really like all of those ingredients, but not when I want something for dessert. 
These are healthy enough for breakfast but really and truly taste like dessert. 

Vegan Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe Source: My Whole Food Life
Yield: 16 cookies

1-1/4 cup chickpeas, cooked
1/2 cup peanut butter + 2 tablespoons
1/3 cup honey *maple syrup for strict vegans*
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.
Drain chickpeas and rinse well with cold water.
Blend chickpeas in a good food processor.  (I used my Ninja)
Add peanut butter and honey and blend a couple times until smooth.  (Don't overblend or you'll "burn" your peanut butter)
Stir in baking powder.
Roll into balls; dough will be sticky, but that's okay.
Place on lightly greased cookie sheet.
Press chocolate chips on top of cookie dough.
Bake for 12-14 minutes (mine were done at 12 minutes)
Let cool for a couple minutes.
Serve warm (amazing!) or let cool completely (also really good!)

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