Chocolate-Chickpea and Oatmeal Cookies

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Some cookbooks are great for recipes and some are great for inspiration. One of the best things about cooking and baking is that you can take so many risks. Sometimes the risks pay off and sometimes they don’t. If you are timid in the kitchen (sometimes I am) I suggest following recipes to the tee…but if you are willing to accept mistakes in the kitchen then you are ready for reaping the reward of the risk. I took a risk with these cookies, had they not turned out I would have wasted 2 cups of chocolate chips… I hate wasting chocolate chips.

When my oldest was young I received Deceptively Delicious
by Jessica Seinfield as a gift. Although I used some of the recipes in this book, I have almost always used it as a jumping point.

I hadn’t looked at this book for a very long time. The other day I pulled it out to look up something when I saw this recipe. Not sure if I had just never seen it or just passed it over because of lack of interest, but I could not believe what a great idea this was. Most of the recipes in this book uses purees which is great when you are feeding a family and a baby, but since my youngest is 5 I don’t have purees on hand so much anymore. This recipe however did not use a puree and I was digging the concept. To the untrained eye the garbanzo beans looked like macadamia nuts, if you chopped them coarsely they would look like a chopped walnut. Hiding nutrition never got so easy/yummy! I did however have to make some changes.

The first change I made was replacing the margarine with applesauce (I don’t buy margarine and this seems to be an acceptable oil substitution in baking). The second real change I made was subbing half of the flour with oat flour. Next, she used a whole 15oz can of garbanzo beans. I was a little worried that too many chickpeas and my kids wouldn’t eat them, plus I had frozen chickpeas in 1 cup increments so that’s what I used.

So here is my adapted recipe:

Chocolate-Chickpea and Oatmeal Cookies

1 Cup AP flour

1 Cup Oat flour*

½ Cup of Old Fashion Oats

¼ tsp of salt

1 tsp of Baking Soda

1 cup packed Brown Sugar (recipe here)

¾ cup Applesauce

2 Egg Whites

2 tsp Vanilla

1 cup Chickpeas (drained and rinced)

2 cups (12oz pkg) of Chocolate Chips

1 cup Walnuts (optional)

* I put Old Fashion Oats in a food processor and blend it up until it looks like course flour and keep it on hand, remember to measure after you blend.


First whisk flour, oat flour, oats, salt and soda together and set aside.

Then you will want to blend the brown sugar and applesauce together until well mixed. Add egg whites and vanilla and mix well.

Now you will want to stir in chickpeas, chocolate chips and walnuts.

Now slowly add the dry ingredients until everything is well combined. Drop on a greased baking sheet by the teaspoon and bake 11-13 minutes. (Jessica Seinfield says this recipe makes 2 dozen cookies, but I got almost 4.

These cookies exceeded my experimental expectations! They were cakey, moist, and chocolaty. Best of all, my kids did not even ask what the white things in the cookies were. The bean was undetectable and I am so excited about my new nutrition boosting secret weapon!

With heart, home and motherhood

sarahliann

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DIY Chocolate Syrup

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Not really sure if I mentioned this before or not, but my boys love
chocolate milk. I used to get them the powder mix because for some reason I had convinced myself if was better for them. (I think it was just self-preservation… don’t want to be caught squirting it directly into my mouth.) Anyhow, there are actually less ingredients (which usually means better for you) in store bought syrup than the powder mix.

When my little one switched to soy milk the powder would not mix and dissolve as well in the soy as the skim milk. For a while I just bought cartons of chocolate soy milk and cut it with regular soy milk (there is a lot of chocolate/sugar in already flavored milk). And because I like to control the amount of sugar (or at least think I’m controlling it) I needed to start making my own alternative because I was holding firm on the fact that I had never bought chocolate syrup for my boys and I never would.

So here is the super simple Chocolate
Syrup
.

Basically, you make a Simple Syrup and flavor it.

Ingredients

Water

1 cup

Sugar

2 cup

Cocoa Powder

½ cup

Vanilla

1 tsp

Salt

½ tsp

  1. Start by combining Water, Sugar and Cocoa into a large sauce pan (you want a little bigger pot than you think, when it starts to boil it gets bigger).
  2. Over medium heat bring to a boil turn heat down a bit and stir constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved (about 2-3 min).
  3. Take pot off of heat and stir in Vanilla and Salt.
  4. Let cool and pour into squirt bottle or jar for storing in fridge. (I use condiment squirt bottles, they are about a dollar, but an old chocolate syrup bottle would be great!)

And that’s it! You can use it on Ice Cream or anything else you may want a touch of chocolate in/on!

With heart, home and motherhood

Sarahliann