My Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie

Well I just love, love, love these cookies. Using a whole can of my favorite bean (garbanzo/chick peas) was some sort of brilliant inspiration based on LuAnn’s (See Amazing Meals on Facebook) Black Bean Brownies being so awesome! (I’ll have to post my version of those here soon!)

I can whip up a batch of  these cookies in 5 minutes flat, get them all crowded on one large cookie sheet and  voila: less time in the kitchen! I freeze most of the batch and eat them right out of the freezer when I need a treat. All the great antioxidants and protein in those beans in a cookie…. Don’t you love it that Healthier versions of old standards still taste good! -Yummm

Garbanzo Bean Cookies

My favorite chocolate chip cookies!

1/2 cup organic flour of choice (spelt, whole wheat pastry, etc..)

1 tsp. non-aluminum baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 15 oz. can of garbanzo beans (also called chick peas) rinsed and drained OR use 1 1/2 cup cooked

1/4 cup vanilla coconut or almond milk

1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar

2 tsp. golden flax seed, ground (using a coffee grinder – or pre-ground and kept in freezer!)

1 TBls. vanilla (yes 1 Tablespoon)

1/2 tsp. almond extract (optional- can also experiment with other extracts)

3/4 cup sweetener of choice – pure maple syrup (or agave or sucanat or evaporated cane crystals, brown sugar etc)

1/4 cup non-dairy chocolate chips (Enjoy Life brand makes an excellent tiny dark chocolate chip!!)

1/4 cup nuts, chopped or whole (can push a whole pecan into the center or throw in handful or peanuts, walnuts or almonds!)

Mix the first 3 ingredients in a small bowl. In a food processor using common S blade, add the next 7 ingredients and blend well. Once the mixture is blended really well add the flour mixture right into the work bowl of the processor and blend again just to incorporate. Next add the chocolate chips and nuts of choice and pulse a few times to combine.

Using a small scooper (size of a melon baller) spoon dough onto prepared cookie sheet. The batter may be a bit thin but hold it’s shape. Bake at 350 degree oven for about 22 minutes or until slight browning occurs. These cookies will firm up a bit as cooled and will be chewy. Makes about 2 dozen. They taste best day one or right out of the freezer 🙂

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