Chocolate chips and Chickpeas- strange combination, right? WRONG! When these two get together, magic happens. I love chocolate! What girl doesn’t? (my sister Maggie disliked chocolate for the longest time… sometimes I don’t think we’re related)
So back to me loving chocolate… as much as I like chocolate straight-up (no chaser, pun intended)- our grocery budget (that reminds me, maybe I should do an updated budget post?) doesn’t leave us much room to buy expensive chocolate bars made with the finest ingredients. Enter: store-brand chocolate chips. Now as delicious as these little morsels are, they just don’t cut it on their own.
And chickpeas never really satisfied my “I NEED SOMETHING SWEET” craving… until now. This recipe is brought to you by Katie over at Chocolate Covered Katie . The girl is genius in making healthier, yet still delicious (and VEGAN!) desserts! Katie calls this dessert “ Deep Dish Cookie Pie ”- I call it delicious! I made a few changes to her recipe- and here’s the Cooper-fied version.
Chocolate Chip & Chickpea Squares
These delicious little bites will satisfy a chocolate craving while providing an extra dose of protein, fiber and deliciousness! This is NOT your mama’s chocolate chip cookie- but it IS a rather delicious alternative! And- because there are no raw eggs in the recipe, you can eat as much batter as you wish!
Yield: 24 squares (see nutritional information at bottom)
2 cans Chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
1 c. Rolled Oats (I used gluten-free oats)
1/2 c. Sugar (this amount works for us, you may use more or less!)
1/2 Banana (I thawed half of a frozen banana)
3 TBSP Canola Oil
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 tsp. Cinnamon
3/4 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Maple Flavoring
2/3 c. Chocolate Chips
Preheat oven to 350.
Put everything except your chocolate chips in a food processor (or a blender).
Blend until a smooth batter forms.
Scrape down the sides and add in a little bit of water as necessary to create a smooth paste. In the end, your “batter” will be about as thick as mashed potatoes.
Add your chocolate chips (stir in by hand if you’re using a blender)*.
Pour batter into a greased 9×11 pan, use your spatula to spread your batter evenly in the pan.
Bake for 30 minutes, (edges will be slightly browned and they will be pulling away from the edge of your pan).
Let cool for about 10 minutes before cutting into 24 squares.
*I just dumped in my chocolate chips after the batter was smooth and let the food processor go for a few more seconds to get everything distributed
Check out these awesome stats on these tasty squares!