I know it sounds strange, but these Flourless Chickpea Peanut Butter Cookies are super delicious. They're made with chickpeas, peanut butter, and lightly sweetened with maple syrup or agave. They're naturally gluten-free + vegan and a tasty and healthy alternative to regular peanut butter cookies.

| vegan + gluten-free + refined sugar free |

I know it sounds strange, but these Flourless Chickpea Peanut Butter Cookies are super delicious. They're made with chickpeas, peanut butter, and lightly sweetened with maple syrup or agave. They're naturally gluten-free + vegan and a tasty and healthy alternative to regular peanut butter cookies.  | theendlessmeal.com | #peanutbuttercookies #cookies #vegan #glutenfree #chickpeas #desserts #healthydesserts #chickpeacookies

It's officially Throw Back Thursday today! Let's celebrate with a heaping plate of Chickpea Peanut Butter Cookies.

And yes, I'm fully aware that putting chickpeas in the title of a peanut butter cookie recipe post doesn't sound like much of a celebration. I get it. It's a weird combo. But hear me out!

A few years ago (4 1/2 years ago to be nearly exact) I posted this #tbt recipe for the first time. It was when it was all the rage to be gluten-free. I swear that everyone I knew was on a gluten-free diet and everyone who was (and still is) celiac was rolling their eyes at everyone who was lucky enough to be able to choose not to eat gluten.

I think people have started to chill out on the gluten-free fad. I know I have. But even though I don't shun gluten like a bite is going to kill me (it's not going to kill me) I still don't like to eat a ton of it. I just feel better if I don't binge gluten. Are you the same?

Rounding back to these Chickpea Peanut Butter Cookies … 

Yes, they're made with chickpeas. No, there's no gluten to be found in them. And no, they're not as weird as they sound.

Truth → They're really pretty awesome.

I know it sounds strange, but these Flourless Chickpea Peanut Butter Cookies are super delicious. They're made with chickpeas, peanut butter, and lightly sweetened with maple syrup or agave. They're naturally gluten-free + vegan and a tasty and healthy alternative to regular peanut butter cookies.  | theendlessmeal.com | #peanutbuttercookies #cookies #vegan #glutenfree #chickpeas #desserts #healthydesserts

I'm not going to sit here and try and convince you that Chickpea Peanut Butter Cookies taste exactly like regular peanut butter cookies. That would be a lie. If anyone ever tries to tell you that they're either lying to you or they haven't eaten a peanut butter cookie for so long that they forget what they taste like.

I'm always honest with you guys about what a recipe tastes like. These cookies are delicious, but you're not going to fool anyone into thinking they're a ‘regular' cookie. BUT … no one will guess they're made with chickpeas.

The flavor of the cookies is really great. They're loaded with chocolate chips, so chocolate is what you mostly taste. The peanut flavor comes through a lot since there's tons of peanut butter in the recipe. They're softer than a regular peanut butter cookie, too. It almost seems as though they're undercooked even though they're not.

They don't get crisp around the edges like a regular cookie. It's like the entire thing seems a little underdone, which is awesome. I love soft and chewy cookies, so these guys are right up my alley.

I also love that I can give my daughter an extra cookie and know that she's eating mostly good things. #win

I know it sounds strange, but these Flourless Chickpea Peanut Butter Cookies are super delicious. They're made with chickpeas, peanut butter, and lightly sweetened with maple syrup or agave. They're naturally gluten-free + vegan and a tasty and healthy alternative to regular peanut butter cookies.  | theendlessmeal.com | #peanutbuttercookies #cookies #vegan #glutenfree #chickpeas #desserts #healthydesserts


Original post date: October 19th, 2013

Last night, after staring at far too many delicious looking treats on Pinterest (you guys do that too, right?) I came down with a serious peanut butter cookie craving. Serious enough that I really really really wanted one, but not serious enough to feel like eating a whole batch of butter and sugar. I know butter and sugar is one of the best combinations in the world- like these crazy delicious Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies – but I wanted to keep these a little healthier.

Please don't run away just yet. I promise you that healthy cookies can taste good too!

Once in a while I wonder if I should share certain things with you guys. Like this afternoon, I've had the most random mix of mostly cheesy music on. Right now Pitbull is singing through my stereo, “I know you want me. You know I want you.” and I'm staring at these super yummy flourless chickpea peanut butter cookies and … you know where I'm going with this, right? Sometimes (most of the time) it's a little embarrassing how big of a cheese ball I am 🙂

But hey, when the shoe song fits …

I know it sounds strange, but these Flourless Chickpea Peanut Butter Cookies are super delicious. They're made with chickpeas, peanut butter, and lightly sweetened with maple syrup or agave. They're naturally gluten-free + vegan and a tasty and healthy alternative to regular peanut butter cookies.  | theendlessmeal.com | #peanutbuttercookies #cookies #vegan #glutenfree #chickpeas #desserts #healthydesserts

I need to warn you guys that these flourless chickpea peanut butter cookies have a rather strange sounding ingredient, at least as far as cookies go. But don't worry, you won't taste the chickpeas even a little bit. I had them the first time this summer when my handsome man's very talented daughter, Kaitlin, made them at the cabin. I was a bit apprehensive about eating chickpeas in my cookie; it sounded just a little too healthy for my liking.

These cookies are super peanut-y and have a soft, almost undercooked, texture. And they're addicting. Very addicting.

And one more thing, not only are these chickpea peanut butter cookies flourless, they're vegan and gluten-free too. Win win win!

I know it sounds strange, but these Flourless Chickpea Peanut Butter Cookies are super delicious. They're made with chickpeas, peanut butter, and lightly sweetened with maple syrup or agave. They're naturally gluten-free + vegan and a tasty and healthy alternative to regular peanut butter cookies.  | theendlessmeal.com | #peanutbuttercookies #cookies #vegan #glutenfree #chickpeas #desserts #healthydesserts

I know it sounds strange, but these Flourless Chickpea Peanut Butter Cookies are super delicious. They're made with chickpeas, peanut butter, and lightly sweetened with maple syrup or agave. They're naturally gluten-free + vegan and a tasty and healthy alternative to regular peanut butter cookies.  | theendlessmeal.com | #peanutbuttercookies #cookies #vegan #glutenfree #chickpeas #desserts #healthydesserts

If you love these Flourless Chickpea Peanut Butter Cookies as much as I do, make sure to give them a 5-star review in the comments below!

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Flourless Chickpea Peanut Butter Cookies

  • Author: Kristen Stevens | The Endless Meal
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 12-14 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 28 cookies 1x

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I know it sounds strange, but these Flourless Chickpea Peanut Butter Cookies are super delicious. They're made with chickpeas, peanut butter, and lightly sweetened with maple syrup or agave. They're naturally gluten-free + vegan and a tasty and healthy alternative to regular peanut butter cookies.


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Ingredients

  • 114-ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed (or 1 3/4 cups of cooked chickpeas)
  • 1 cup smooth, all-natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup agave, maple syrup, or honey
  • Optional: 1/4 cup coconut sugar (Depending on how sweet you like your cookies. Can sub brown sugar.)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted peanuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Add drained chickpeas and honey or maple syrup to a food processor or high-powered blender (don't use a regular blender) and blend until smooth. Transfer to a medium-sized bowl.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients and mix until thoroughly blended. The batter will be sticky, don't worry.
  4. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

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