Healthy, easy and delicious vegan chocolate chip chickpea cookies. Quick and easy to make and chock full of protein and fiber.
One of my favorite things is when I can have my cake and eat it too. I absolutely love when I can not only veganize a recipe, but make it healthy as well.
These delicious vegan chocolate chip cookies are loaded with fiber and protein thanks to the oatmeal, flax seed, peanut butter and chickpeas in these bad boys. You wouldn’t think a combination like that would make for delicious cookies, but my oh my, do they ever. You’re in for a tasty surprise.
To keep the cookies moist, instead of adding oil, I opted for peanut butter. You can also use tahini or almond butter if that floats your boat better. I try to keep my oil consumption to a minimum because I like eating whole fats instead of fats separated from their source.
Oil is pure fat without any benefits. Nut butters have healthy fats, but also fiber, vitamins and minerals. The peanut butter adds a really nice, slightly nutty flavor to these vegan cookies.
Now, onto the sweetener. I used coconut sugar which I love as well because it’s minimally processed. To make coconut sugar, they collect the sap from the flower of a coconut palm tree, then they boil it until the water is evaporated. Done and done.
This leaves most of its vitamins, minerals and fiber intact; Most notably, iron, zinc, potassium and calcium. Because the coconut sugar still has fiber, it slows the absorption of the sugar into the blood stream, lessening the blood sugar spike.
Now, I’m not saying this is a super health food, but it’s a bit better than refined white sugar which guarantees a blood sugar spike and is devoid of any nutrients.
I used about a cup of coconut sugar in these, but feel free to use half a cup if you’re trying to keep your sugar low.
I love using ground flax seeds or ground chia seeds as an egg substitute. They work beautifully and are full of healthy omega fats. To get omega 3’s into eggs, farmers feed flax or chia seeds to the chickens. Seems like a waste to me! Just eat directly from the source.
Chickens are extremely loving and desire a happy life close to their loved-ones. They recognize faces, have special vocalizing calls to one another and love to perch up-high like cats.
The egg industry (both “free range” and standard) treats them like products and all egg-laying hens end up in the slaughter house when they are no longer “useful”.
The most gruesome practice of the egg industry is baby male chicks are ground up alive as they are seen as useless and a waste of money. Because of this, it’s best to keep eggs out of our diets and be kind to animals. Rest easy, knowing that no baby male chicks were harmed in the making of these cookies.
I share this information not to bum you out, but to empower you with knowledge so that we can leave this world a better place.
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I hope you enjoy these delicious, healthy vegan cookies. Please let me know how you liked them in the comment below!