Even though I try very hard to eat healthy and feed my family healthy foods, sometimes, I just have a sweet tooth. I don’t want to feel like I am depriving myself, so having a treat now and then is good…
But what if I could have a treat that is relatively healthy too? That’s a win-win!
A friend had shared a recipe for chocolate chip cookies made with chickpeas (I would have probably never thought to do that!), but I tried it and liked it, so I decided to put my own little twist on it:
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies
- 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and patted dry
- 1 Tbsp vanilla
- ½ cup natural cream peanut butter (or any nut butter you like)
- 2 Tbsp. raw honey, melted
- 2 Tbsp. agave necter
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 2 Tbsp. gluten free all-purpose baking mix
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Mix all ingredients in food processor, except for chocolate chips. Blend until smooth. At this point, stir in chocolate chips. Now, you can either roll into 1 inch balls and place on parchment lined cookie sheet, slightly flatten; or you can simply spoon-drop them on and bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees.
And so good, you won’t even know that they’re healthy too!
Sometimes you just crave something sweet. But your inner, healthy self knows just how bad sugar is for you… so what can you do to satisfy your sweet tooth without overloading on sugar? Make some sweet potato and banana cookies.
Okay. I know that sweet potato and cookie are not typically used in the same sentence, but if sweet potato pie can be a classic dessert, then so can sweet potato cookies.
I have to say, the thing that I like most about these cookies is that they are not sweetened with sugar… raw honey is used instead. (Of course, there is a bit of sugar in the semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you really don’t even have to add these unless you want to.)
Sweet Potato and Banana Cookies
- 1/2 cup real butter
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 medium-large sweet potato, mashed
- 1 medium banana, mashed
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup all purpose gluten-free baking mix (**or for a bit of a healthy boost, replace the baking mix with Vanilla Juice Plus+ Complete)
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 3 Tbsp raw honey, melted (warm in microwave until liquid)
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Cream together: butter, vanilla, sweet potato, and banana.
- Add egg, honey, and baking soda, stir until combined.
- Add in oats, baking mix, and chia seeds, stir until combined.
- Add in chocolate chips (optional)
- Spoon onto cookie sheet. Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until lightly golden.
*to order Vanilla Juice Plus Complete for a nutritional boost to this recipe, click here.
These cookies truly are delicious… and it’s a sneaky way to get your kids to eat sweet potatoes and chia seeds. The best part is, you don’t even have to feel guilty about eating cookies now.
Sometimes you just crave something a little sweet, without having to worry about the guilt of eating something fattening or unhealthy. These no-bake cookie bars are absolutely delicious! And they are healthy too– no preservatives and made using all-natural ingredients.
I am happy to say that these cookie bars have the seal of approval from my kids… and you know when your kids enjoy eating something, it is truly good. I love the fact that I can give my kids a sweet treat in their lunch, that is healthy too.
Healthy No-Bake Cookie Bars
- 1 cup of nut butter (peanut or almond)
- 1/3 cup raw honey
- 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder (cocoa or carob)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 cups oatmeal
Mix together in a bowl: nut butter, raw honey, melted coconut oil, and vanilla.
Add dry ingredients and mix evenly.
Cover a cookie sheet with a piece of wax paper. Pour mixture onto wax paper and spread out evenly, using spatula, until about 1/4 inch thick.
Place in freezer for 30 minutes, until mixture is firmly set. Remove from freezer and cut into bars.
Store in airtight container and keep in the refrigerator.
You may be thinking, if these are made of healthy ingredients, then they must be super expensive to make. And while they are a bit more expensive to make than regular cookies, the difference is really not that much… and making them is much cheaper than buying healthy energy bars.
It costs about $6.50 for the ingredients used in these no-bake cookies, so only about $3.25 per dozen. Yes, you can make regular no-bake cookies for probably about half the cost, but those cookies are loaded with sugar and butter. Make the healthy choice… you will be glad you did!