I found this rather interesting recipe on the Stay at Home Mum website (see original here) and had to give it a go. Chickpeas are wonderfully nourishing and I love trying to find ways to make treats healthy. I adapted the recipe slightly and I think it would be easy to play around with your own ideas.
I had mixed reviews from these biscuits. One mum asked me for the recipe while a little boy told me they were “yucky”. Hehe! Personally I like them, they taste healthy in a really satisfying way with just the right amount of chocolate sweetness.
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar (I used coconut sugar, a more nutritious alternative)
3/4 cup butter
2 large egg whites
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 can (420g) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 cups choc chips (I used one chopped up packet of Green & Blacks Organic Milk Chocolate and 1/2 cup raw cacao nibs)
3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
3/4 cup raisins or sultanas
2 cups wholemeal Self Raising flour
1/2 cup oats
1 teaspoon bicarb soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cream butter and sugar. Process chickpeas, vanilla and egg whites in a food processor until smooth then add to the butter and sugar. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix to form a thick dough.
Form into biscuits and place on baking tray. I just used my hands.
Bake at 180 C for 11-13 minutes or until golden – they will still seem soft when you get them out but trust me, this makes for the perfect soft texture.
Would love to hear what you think if you try them out!