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Chocolate Chickpea Cookies

They are incredibly moreish, and super easy to make. The dough tastes so good, you'll be eating it raw before baking the rest!


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Chocolate Chickpea Cookies
September 23, 2013
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Chocolate Chickpea Cookies

Nope, not a typo. These cookies have chickpeas in them. 

A WHOLE can of chickpeas. 

In fact these morsels are so damn easy to make, you’ll probably never make cookies the same way again.

I like to add a little more peanut butter than the original recipe. I added a sprinkle of sea salt flakes as chocolate, peanuts and salt are one of the best combinations ever!

Don’t let the thought of chickpeas put you off. You can’t even taste them, they do however create a beautiful texture. The batter is so good you can even eat it raw! They are soft, and gooey, and it won’t be the last time I use a tin a chickpeas to make awesome cookies. I took some to work to let a few people sample, and they also really liked them!

Chocolate Chickpea Cookies

Print Recipe


  • 400g canned chickpeas (rinsed, drained and dried)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 180g peanut butter (or nut butter)
  • 40g honey
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 90g of dark chocolate chips
  • 40g peanuts
  • Sea salt flakes to sprinkle


  • Pre-heat oven to 180C (or 160C fan-forced). Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
  • Combine all ingredients except for chocolate chips in a food processor or blender. Blend until mixture is sticky.
  • Transfer to a bowl and add in chocolate chips and peanuts.
  • Form the dough into small round balls and press down slightly. Sprinkle with sea salt flakes.
  • Bake in oven for 10 minutes. The balls will be very soft when you take them out of the oven, they will not set like normal cookies. Leave on tray to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to a week at room temperature.


Adapted from


16 comments on “Chocolate Chickpea Cookies
  1. milkteaxx

    i thought i read something wrong! this sounds amazing, gonna bookmark and try this out!

    September 23, 2013 at 9:52 pm
  2. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    Wow grain and sugar free!! Not my usual type of cookies but i’m so intrigued to try!!!! 🙂 And so much healthier hehe

    September 23, 2013 at 10:14 pm
  3. Tina @ bitemeshowme

    very interesting, but this isn’t the first time I’ve seen chickpeas used in a cookie! I def want to try!

    September 24, 2013 at 8:08 am
  4. Rochelle

    What a fantastic idea! I’m always buying chickpeas for soup and hummus, but never for cookies. I have a new thing to use them for now. In fact, I think I’ll be making some this week when the rains start and the weather cools down, you know, baking weather 😀

    September 24, 2013 at 6:05 pm
  5. cquek

    That’s very detailed indeed 😛

    September 24, 2013 at 6:23 pm
  6. Christie @ Fig & Cherry

    Wow! Can’t wait to try these for my GF MIL 🙂

    September 24, 2013 at 9:19 pm
  7. leaf (the indolent cook)

    They look like balls of raw cookie dough! And, I imagine, dangerously addictive…

    September 25, 2013 at 1:50 am
  8. GourmetGetaways

    What a co-incidence, my friend made these a week or two ago!!
    I was planning to try and make them too, now I have two recipes to compare!! I love the addition of peanut butter as well!!
    I can’t wait to try them.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    September 26, 2013 at 11:10 am
  9. Tanya

    These tasted AMAZING!!!
    I’m going to test them with a sugar free version and bring in for you to try… we can compare 😉

    September 26, 2013 at 3:13 pm
  10. Cara @ Gourmet Chick

    Never in a million years would I have thought to put chickpeas in a cookie but these look brilliant.

    September 26, 2013 at 5:55 pm
  11. Sara @ bellyrumbles

    Yah, chickpeas, hmmm, yup, never would of thought it. They look good, the trick would probably have been to just say they were choc chip cookies, then everyone would have been diving in initially. Then you spring on them a ‘BTW they are chckcpea cookies’.

    September 27, 2013 at 6:29 pm
  12. Klaudia

    Thank you! It ended up being great so easy to create.

    September 29, 2013 at 7:58 am
  13. Liz @ I Spy Plum Pie

    These look delicious! I love chickpeas as it is so getting to eat them in cookie form as well is just perfect! Will have to try these but with a different nut as I’m not really a peanut fan

    October 2, 2013 at 2:35 pm
  14. Heather

    I’ve called these choc chickpea cookie dough treats! Thanks for the inspiration.

    October 5, 2013 at 1:09 pm
  15. Ling

    OMG I want theseeee!

    December 10, 2013 at 7:58 pm

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