– Plant Based – Gluten Free – Sugar Free – Oil Free – Nut Free Option – Egg Free – Dairy Free – Soy Free –
I had been ‘himming and hawing’ this cookie idea for a while… How could I create healthy guilt-free cookies?? I have always been a cookie monster. I was that teenager that would eat eight cookies and when my mom would ask where they went, I would say the dog ate them lol… You could not keep cookies in our house and have them last long – that is for sure.
Lately I have been on a huge health-kick and when I am on a health-kick I usually ask everyone in the house to refrain from buying any sweets or treats that could tempt me (as I have little will-power when delicious food is in sight). Recently however, I found the secret to continual clean eating without the need to binge in Ben and Jerry’s.
That secret is…. filling the house with lots of healthy treat options. Yes – it is that simple! I find that when I have things like black bean brownies, fruit fro-yo cups, apple pops or chickpea cookies to munch on when I want something sweet, I don’t crave any unhealthy treats (even when they are stashed in the house). It is almost like you are tricking your brain into thinking you’ve already had your fair-share of unhealthy treats for the day – but really – you’ve indulged in high fibre, sugar-free, low-fat, oil-free treats that are sure to benefit your health! It almost seems too easy – sugar junkies rejoice! 🙂
So the first time I made these cookies they tasted a bit different the second time I made them… I am not really sure why; it was the same recipe. If you don’t like the chickpea taste you can always add a little more maple syrup to mask it. These treats are extremely low in fat (as they are oil free) and high in plant based fibres and proteins. They also contain antioxidants from the dark chocolate cacao chips! If you want to sub your vegan chocolate chips for cacao nibs or carob chips, you go for it. This is your recipe to master. I suggest you make these on a Sunday and freeze them in a ziplock container and grab some whenever you feel the need for a little treat throughout the week. I like to have one with my lunch at work and then sometimes another one after dinner. Why not? They are only 90 calories!
If you are allergic to nuts, you may swap the almond butter for a seed butter. I am sure that’ll work just fine. I also once made these with peanut butter – they work – but I prefer almond 🙂