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Chef Ray: Chocolate Chickpea Cookies

It sounds crazy to make biscuits with chickpeas, but WOW does this work well. Watch friends and your children’s faces when they tell you how yummy they are and then advise them that they are made of chickpeas!!!

From: Lim, Nadia (2015) Nadia Lim’s Fresh Start Cookbook Penguin Random House

Serves 16

  • 400g can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup nut butter (almond, cashew, or peanut butter)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground almonds
  • 1 tablespoon butter or coconut oil, melted
  • 70g (about ½ cup) good-quality dark eating chocolate, finely chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 170°C (340°F). Line a baking tray with baking paper. Pat chickpeas dry with paper towels. Place in a food processor with nut butter, vanilla, brown sugar, baking powder, ground almonds, and butter or coconut oil. Blitz until all ingredients are well combined and have formed a cookie-dough consistency.
  2. Add dark chocolate and pulse briefly to distribute the chocolate throughout the cookie dough.
  3. Roll heaped tablespoonfuls of cookie dough into balls – wet hands help deal with the sticky dough – and place on prepared baking tray about 3cm apart (they won’t spread much). Flatten slightly with the back of a wet fork.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly golden. Remove from oven and leave to cool slightly. Use a fish slice to transfer them carefully to a wire rack to cool completely – they will be quiet delicate.
  5. These cookies are lovely eaten warm, but also keep in an airtight container in the pantry for up to a week, or frozen for several weeks. Warm a frozen cookie (or two!) for about 10 seconds in the microwave – the chocolate will melt and go gooey.

These cookies are best eaten after microwaving for about 10 seconds – the chocolate will melt slightly and they’ll be at the perfect temperature. Yummy with a small glass of milk!

Although I’m not a qualified chef I do like to pretend I’m on Master Chef. I source the recipes from the stated source (not sauce) and make them taking the photo of the meal I produce for myself.

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If you enjoyed this recipe here is one I published a year ago:

For more great recipes like this get the Nadia Lim’s Fresh Start Cookbook.

Nadia Lim’s Fresh Start Cookbook is a no-fuss approach to losing weight, getting fit, and feeling your best. With more than 100 nutrition-packed, calorie-controlled, deliciously satisfying breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and treats, Nadia will help you lose weight and keep it off. These everyday, easy recipes, combined with her simple exercise tips, create a flexible 12-week program for anyone wanting to shape up and live a healthier life. Enjoy favorite dishes like steak and mushroom pie, pizza margarita, and lemon coconut slice with a lighter, healthier twist. Recipes cover busy family weeknights through to entertaining, and can be adapted to the seasons and your tastes. With Nadia’s all-inclusive eating and exercise plan you are set to become the healthiest, happiest, and most energetic you have ever been. This is more than just a cookbook—it’s a recipe for life!

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Ray has competed in triathlons from sprint to ironman distance (both IM Taupo and Challenge Wanaka). Consequently he is aware of the importance of balancing training with lifestyle, thus complimenting other important aspects of an athlete’s life (family, work, study commitments etc…). • Entering your first triathlon? • Stepping up to a longer distance? • Looking to go faster? • Wanting to turn previous negatives into positives? Ray has coached athletes to achieve these and more. Training programmes are accessible online, so athletes can be located anywhere and still reap the benefits of Ray’s coaching. Contact him to discuss how he can assist you to achieve your goals.
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