Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies!

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Throw some chickpeas in your cookie recipe next time.  This recipe has actually been around for a while.  I got it from Jessica Seinfeld’s cook book on pureed vegetables in everyday cooking and baking.  If you notice the recipe calls for egg whites, omitting the yolks.  This is a great way to cut down on unwanted cholesterol.  Then adding chickpeas is the best part of this recipe, adding fiber and protein.  Hmmm! Yes Please!

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  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup light margarine (If you’re naughty like me I used real butter, there’s still a debate weather process fake butter is better for you than real butter, I tend to go for real foods, you decide 🙂
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup walnuts 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

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Directions

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a cookie sheet with baking spray.
  2. Beat sugar and margarine until smooth.
  3. Beat in egg whites and vanilla, then add chickpeas and chocolate chips. Add flour, oats, nuts, baking soda and salt.
  4. Drop by tablespoonful onto baking sheet.
  5. Bake 11 to 13 min, until golden brown.

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Happy Baking!!

 

Vegan Peanut Butter Balls!

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I usually have no defense when it comes to peanut butter and chocolate.  This delicious combo always wins, and I’m okay with that♡  The only tricky (vegan) part was finding REAL CHOCOLATE chips.  You will see a lot of Carob (chocolate substitute not real chocolate) which is fine I guess… but I wanted real chocolate.  I would suggest looking at Whole Foods.  These chocolate peanut butter balls are so amazing lets get right to it!

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  • Ingredients
  • 3 cups crispy brown rice cereal
  • 2 1/4 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup or brown rice syrup
  • 1 (10 oz) bag semi-sweet vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup whole peanuts
  • sea salt

Directions

– Place crispy brown rice cereal in a food processor and pulse until no large crispy chunks remain.

– In a small saucepan combine peanut butter, syrup and sea salt, mix well over low heat until well combined.Image– In a large mixing bowl combine peanut butter syrup and crispy brown rice cereal.  Mix well.  Form mixture into 1″ balls, placing on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. *tip* coat your hands in coconut oil to prevent mixture from sticking to your hands ☺Image

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– Place chocolate and almond milk in a double boiler (bowl sitting on top of smaller sauce pan) over low heat, whisk slowly until combined.  You might have to keep adding almond milk to keep this mixture runny. ImageImage

– Dip peanut butter balls into chocolate, covering completely, and return to baking sheet.Image– Sprinkle with salt and finely chopped peanuts.

– Place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours to set.   ImageImageImageEnjoy! Happy Baking!!

 

 

Healthy Cookie Dough Bites

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OK, these cookie dough bites are the most amazing thing I have ever had!  The sunflower seeds pair so well with the chocolate and it’s good for you!  Sunflower seeds have anti-inflammatory benefits and are high in Vitamin E.  Did you know the magnesium in sunflower seeds can help calm nerves?

No baking involved, these delicious snacks are ready in about 45 minutes with refrigerator time.  You will need a coffee grinder to grind your raw sunflower seeds and your oatmeal.  I highly recommend the raw sunflower seeds, but you can also use cashews or any other nut flavor you like.

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of ground raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup of ground oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter – softened
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 table spoon of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  1. Cream butter and sugar together.
  2. Add remaining ingredients mix all together.
  3. Roll into 1 inch balls.
  4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes you can also drizzle chocolate over top!
  5. Let stand for a few minutes before serving.  Enjoy!!!
  6. Store in refrigerator.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread made with Sour Cream

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Ok, so I had all these ripe banana’s laying around and I needed to use them, fast.  So, I made two recipes that  you will love!  First, I made a banana bread with sour cream.  Currently, I am experimenting with greek yogurt, sour cream in my baking mostly because its a fun change of pace and also it can be used as a substitution for buttermilk.  Lets face it how often do you have buttermilk in your refrigerator.  I usually will mix greek yogurt or sour cream with regular milk till it has the consistency of buttermilk.  Then, I have a bonus recipes, banana cookies!  Both recipes are healthy and delicious.  Enjoy! Happy Baking!!
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Yields 1 6×9 pan for these rectangular bites, perfect for dipping in coffee.

Ingredients

  • 1 1⁄2 cup plus 3 tablespoons Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1⁄2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup Mini Chocolate Chips
  • 2 Ripe Bananas, smashed
  • 1 Egg
  • 2/3 cup of sour cream plus 2 tablespoons of milk, mixed
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a large loaf pan.

Mix together bananas, egg, greek yogurt, vanilla, and sugar.

Gradually stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add in the chocolate chips, walnuts if using.

Evenly pour the batter into the pan about 1/2 full. Bake for 35-45 minutes ( I have a hot oven so may be closer to 45), or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before removing and cutting.

BAKING BONUS  !! BANANA COOKIES Y’ALL !

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From pinterest of course:)  These are fast and easy, which we all love!

Banana Cookies

(Makes 12-16 cookies)

Ingredients:
2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup of uncooked Old Fashioned Oats
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°F.  Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray.  Mix the mashed bananas and oats in a bowl. Fold in the chocolate chips. Using a spoon, scoop up the batter and place on the cookie sheet.  Bake for 12-15 minutes.