Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cookies

2 WWPP Posted by 3 years ago 6 Comments

I know the name doesn’t make much sense but hear me out.

I am convinced it is impossible to make a “real cookie” healthier without losing its cookie-ness. Think about all the things you love about cookies. Regardless if it’s the crunch or the gooeyness, that cookie texture you crave is more than likely the result of butter and/or sugar. Reduce or remove those two ingredients and you are left with something that slightly resembles a cookie. But let’s be honest, it’s not a cookie.

I’m OK with that. The world is already filled with lots of yummy cookie recipes. My goal is to find and create cookie-like treats I can make at home that have at least some nutritional value. I like the challenge of it and it’s fun to experiment.

This particular “cookie” idea was inspired by Spabettie’s garbanzo cookie balls and Texanerin’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites. I did a handful of experiments and unbelievably, The boys loved them ALL! I was beyond shocked, even The Husband said they were good! I made sure to explain to him that what he was about to eat wasn’t a chocolate chip cookie but a chocolate chip cookie dough cookie. The difference being these “cookies” will never be crunchy like a chocolate chip cookie. They will never “set” per se. They are like portable little bites of cookie dough and I’m totally down with that as I normally consume more cookie dough than cookie anyway!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough CookiesI didn’t, however, tell him they were made with garbanzo beans. The kids knew as they helped me make them but they are so young they don’t care. They are used to me making things with weird ingredients. Normally it’s not the kids you have to worry about. They haven’t been jaded and brainwashed that healthy food can’t be good.

Speaking of healthy, let’s take a look at what’s in these: chickpeas, almond butter, maple syrup and chocolate chips. I mean, what’s not to love?!

Here’s the recipe I settled on after my experiments…

  • 1 15.5 oz can of chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 160g (10 tbsp ~2/3 cup) almond butter
  • 1/4 cup (80g) maple syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp (10g) molasses
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (90g) mini-chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Lay them out on a towel to dry.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cookies - Chickpeas

Put the chickpeas and the rest of the ingredients except the chocolate chips in a food processor.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cookies - Puree Ingredients

Process until smooth. This was as smooth as my small processor could get it.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cookies - Dough

The “dough” will be very sticky. Remove from the processor and fold in the chocolate chips. (Note: depending on how long you pressed, the dough may be warm, some mini chips may melt as a result. That’s OK, or you can wait for it to cool slightly.)

Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.

With wet hands (we kept a small bowl of water near by), take 20g of the dough and form a small ball.

Guy Fawkes Making cookies - step 1

Why, yes, that is Guy Fawkes helping me bake. He’s spectacular in the kitchen.

Then place on the cookie sheet and flatten to form a cookie shape.

Guy Fawkes Making cookies - step 2

These will not spread like traditional cookies so you can put them fairly close.

Guy Fawkes Making cookies - step 3

Bake for 10 minutes. They will rise just slightly and still be soft. That’s OK!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cookies Done

Let them sit for a minute or two and then enjoy the yumminess that is a warm chocolate chip cookie dough cookie!

The kids (kind of) waited patiently for me for take my photos.

Kids waiting for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cookies

These are good warm and right out of the oven. However, both The 9-Year-Old and I agreed, we liked them even more after they sat and cooled just a bit.

Plate of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cookies

I have 2 left from the last batch I made and they do get softer and softer so I’d say it’s best to eat within 2 days. You could refrigerate and then warm slightly in the microwave, too.

The texture is really like raw cookie dough so if that’s not something you are into then don’t make these.

Inside a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cookie

The taste is spot on chocolate chip cookie dough, at least in my opinion. There’s no trace of the garbanzo bean at all. The Husband’s healthy ingredient radar didn’t even blip and that says a lot!

I was able to make exactly 27 twice in a row once I settled on my final ingredient list, so I’m going to give you the per cookie nutritional facts since it’s not a round number. I normally eat at least 2 in a sitting.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
27 1 – 20g cookie
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
75 4g 1g old: 2 new: 2
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
5g 1g 8g 2g

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    November 25, 2014

    I am ALL about the cookie dough! I cannot wait to make these, but I'll have to since I am all out of almond butter. BOO. Love the Guy Fawkes mask. My 16 year old got the same one for Christmas last year or the year before. Congrats on creating a delicious treat recipe that all your dudes enjoy. I know how rare that is. =) Happy Thanksgiving, Roni.

    Kim Fearn

    December 2, 2014

    Awesome! Gotta love a cookie dough COOKIE!

    Jeri Lyn

    March 19, 2015

    Hi Roni!! Do you think I would be able to blend these in my Magic Bullet or a regular blender?? I'm still working on the "cooking" thing & I don't have a food processsor, but I'm dying to try to make these cookies!!! THANKS.


      March 20, 2015

      Totally!! I'm always pushing the envelope of my blender. You just may need to work it a bit.


    March 30, 2015

    Hi ...would love to try these. I am not able to tolerate chickpeas because of my IBS. Do you think it would work with same amount of lentils? Thanks


      April 2, 2015

      I'm not sure. I think they would work with northern or white beans.