This Chickpea Cookie Dough is made from (you guessed it) chickpeas but tastes just like raw cookie dough! It’s a healthy dessert that is naturally vegan, gluten-free and packed with protein and fibre ready in just 10 minutes!

chickpea cookie dough in a small bowl with chocolate chips on top

What does Chickpea Cookie Dough Taste Like?

Generally, when we think of chickpeas we probably think of savoury dishes like hummus or chickpea curries. But chickpeas are actually incredible to use in desserts since they have a great silky texture and neutral taste.

I’ll be honest, at first I thought chickpeas in desserts sounded a bit odd, but once I tried it desserts like chocolate hummus, and this Chickpea Cookie Dough, I was sold!

Ingredients & substitutions

Chickpeas: canned chickpeas (drained and rinsed), or dried chickpeas that have been cooked both works well in this recipe. I personally prefer cooking my own dried chickpeas for this recipe since I find canned chickpeas can have a slightly metallic-like taste.

Nut butter: any kind you like will work! In this recipe, I’m using tahini because I love that sesame flavour, but peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter etc. all work.

Flour: this recipe uses almond flour to keep it gluten-free and healthy, but some other great alternatives would be oat flour (which you can make by blending oats) or coconut flour.

Vanilla extract: Is it even cookie dough if there’s no vanilla extract in it? Make sure to use real vanilla extract for best results!

Chocolate chips: I find that mini chocolate chips for well in this recipe so you can get little bits of chocolate in every bite, but any type of chocolate chips work.

How to make this recipe

If using a can of chickpeas, drain and rinse them. If cooking dried chickpeas, cook them according to package directions. Then add the cooked chickpeas to a food processor with the nut butter, flour, and vanilla extract. Blend together until it forms a dough, scraping down the sides as needed.

Next add in the chocolate chips and gently pulse the mixture together a few times. (You can also just mix in the chocolate chips by hand)

And that’s it! You now have healthy Chickpea Cookie Dough that is naturally vegan and edible raw!

chickpea cookie dough in a small white bowl with a spoon in it

Is Chickpea Cookie Dough healthy?

Yes! Chickpeas themselves are very healthy. One cup of chickpeas has 35 grams of fibre and 39 grams of protein!

This recipe is also made with nut butter, almond flour and sweetened naturally with a hint of maple syrup, making it a much healthier (and safer) option than eating traditional raw cookie dough.

Can I bake these into cookies?

You sure can! While I personally prefer this dough raw, it can be baked into cookies too. Simply scoop into cookies and bake at 325 degrees for 8-12 minutes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Keep in mind that these cookies won’t spread or rise much while they bake because they have no baking powder/baking soda or enough fat in them.

a close up of chocolate chip chickpea cookie dough in a small white bowl

Storage tips

Fridge: store this Chickpea Cookie Dough covered in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Freezer: This recipe freezes well. So feel free to store leftovers in the freezer in a sealed container for up to 2 months.

Tips for making this recipe perfectly

  • No food processor? You can also make this recipe in a blender.
  • Canned vs. dried chickpeas: both work well in this recipe. My personal preference is cooking dried chickpeas because I find they have a more neutral taste, but I’ve tested the recipe with both and they both taste great!
  • Scrape down the sides of the food processor as you blend the cookie dough. Stop as you go, scrape, then blend again to make sure you don’t end up with any little chunks of chickpeas.
  • Sweeten to your taste. The amount of maple syrup listed is what I like-but if you prefer a sweeter (or less sweet) cookie dough feel free to add more or less maple syrup.
  • Don’t leave out the flour. This is important to get a thick dough-like texture.
  • If you want to serve this as a dip, add in a couple of tablespoons of almond milk to make it a bit thinner and easier to dip.

More healthy no-bake desserts to try

a spoonful of chickpea cookie dough

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a spoonful of chickpea cookie dough

Chickpea Cookie Dough

  • Author: Jessica Hoffman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This Chickpea Cookie Dough recipe is healthy and vegan but tastes just like you’re eating raw cookie dough!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas 
  • 1/4 cup tahini (can sub any nut butter) 
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp almond flour
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup 
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt 
  • handful mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Add the chickpeas, tahini, almond flour, maple syrup, vanilla extract and salt to a food processor and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides of the food processor as needed. 
  2. Add in the chocolate chips and gently pulse together just to mix. 
  3. And that’s it, enjoy! 

Notes

No food processor? You can also make this recipe in a blender.

Canned vs. dried chickpeas: both work well in this recipe. My personal preference is cooking dried chickpeas because I find they have a more neutral taste, but I’ve tested the recipe with both and they both taste great!

Sweeten to your taste. The amount of maple syrup listed is what I like-but if you prefer a sweeter (or less sweet) cookie dough feel free to add more or less maple syrup.

Don’t leave out the flour. This is important to get a thick dough-like texture.

If you want to serve this as a dip, add in a couple of tablespoons of almond milk to make it a bit thinner and easier to dip.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/10th of recipe
  • Calories: 125
  • Sugar: 4.5g
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 3.6g

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