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Gluten-Free Carob Chip Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

gluten free carob chip peanut butter protein cookies

This tasty cookie is made with ground chickpeas!

  A new development in my life is my complete inability to digest gluten.  I’ve been sick, and tired a lot, and slowly adjusting to my new dietary restriction.    Gluten-Free sucks.   I’m grossed out because Gluten-free products in the stores are a  often made with all kinds of other ingredients that could not ever be considered healthy.  It kind of goes against everything I stand for in terms of eating clean.  On the other hand, it’s hard to pull together a gluten free recipe at home that doesn’t have a weird taste or doesn’t completely fall apart.  I’ve tried a few things including one sad sunken loaf of bread that tasted like burnt acid, and corn bread that was corn crumble, but here’s my first success story:  
           Peanut butter carob chip cookies (made mostly out of chickpeas!!). This recipe is easy and all you need is a food processor.  You could get away with less Stevia packets too because they are pretty sweet.  These are soft in the middle and they stayed fresh for several days.    These are a healthy treat,  but still a treat.  You could remove the carob chips and honey entirely to drastically reduce the calorie count.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (19 oz) chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup all natural peanut butter *
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp all natural honey
  • 5 packets Stevia
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Gaspari Nutrition Myofusion)
  • 1/2 cup carob chips**

 

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350 F and spray cookie sheet2) Blend 1 can of chickpeas in a food processor until smooth

3) Add Greek yogurt, peanut butter, honey, stevia,and vanilla extract and process until smooth

4) Pour out of food processor & into a bowl, mix in baking powder, salt, and protein powder until evenly mixed

5) Lastly stir in carob chips

6) Spoon approximately 1 Tbsp rounded batter onto cookie sheet (about 24 cookies)

7) Bake 14-16 minutes (light golden brown on top)

8) Let cool in tray until firm (will be too mushy straight out of the oven).

9) Store in refrigerator in air tight container.

* Regular peanut butter has added sugars and hydrogenated oils that are not healthy.
** Ensure that these are gluten free (they should be but may be manufactured differently).  
Chocolate chips/dark chocolate chips could be used instead.  Remove entirely to lower sugar and fat content.
Nutritional Information:
(per cookie)
Calories: 83.68
Carbohydrates: 7.31 g
Fibre: 1.48 g
Protein: 3.54 g
Fat: 4.23 g
Saturated fat: 1.65 g

2 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Carob Chip Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

  1. Hello,

    I stumbled upon your site while searching for Gluten-Free treats. How would you rate these cookies?

    I understand that this maybe be random and odd note…but if you could let me know, that would be great.

    Dave

    1. Hi Dave! Happy that you stumbled upon my site!

      Not a strange question at all, I know how hard it can be to find healthy and great tasting treats that are gluten free. Chickpeas, though an unusual option, offer a great high-protein and fibre alternative to wheat. I found these cookies delicious and devoured the whole batch in a few days with relatively zero guilt. :)

      Why don’t you try them for yourself and see how you like them and let me know? You could always add a touch of honey or more stevia if you don’t find them sweet enough (since I very rarely have treats, I don’t usually need a lot to satisfy my sweet tooth 😉

      ~ Krissy

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