Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ⓥ Vegan Kitchen: Garbanzo Cookie Balls! Ⓥ


It seems that I have been drawn to desserts made from beans lately, but after such great results with those black bean brownies I simply couldn't turn down the opportunity to try these. I changed the original recipe slightly to my liking as I often do, simplifying and adjusting. 

I get very excited over desserts that are actually healthy for you too! You get to enjoy something sweet without all the guilt that goes along with eating a flour-, fat-, and sugar-heavy cake. And I have to say that I am absolutely obsessed with these cookie balls! They are amazing! I have already made them twice within a week and plan to make them again right away. You must make these for yourself--immediately! ;) Plus they are super easy and quick to make! 

If you have the patience for it, it is recommended to remove the skin off the garbanzo beans. It makes the texture smoother. But to be honest, I am much too impatient to take the time to remove all those skins and I loved these cookies without putting in that extra step. But that's just me, it's up to you whether you want to take that extra time or not. Maybe I'll try it some day... probably not, I already have too many things to do in a day, peeling chickpeas doesn't sound like any particular thrill ride. ;) 

Garbanzo Cookie Balls:

1 can Garbanzo Beans (drained and rinsed) (skins removed if you have the time and patience)
1/4 cup Peanut Butter (or other nut butter)
2 Tbsp Brown Rice Flour
1Tsp Vanilla Extract
1-2 Tbsp Agave Nectar
1/4 Tsp Salt
1/4 cup Carob Chips
Drizzle of water or Vegan Milk

Combine all the ingredients (except for the water/milk and carob chips) in a food processor and blend until well combined. Drizzle a tiny amount of milk (or water) in while processing, just enough to get a doughy, smooth consistency. 
Scoop dough into bowl (or depending on the size of your food processor just keep it in there) and fold in the carob chips. 
Scoop out little balls of dough and roll them in your hands to make them round and smooth. Place on cookie sheet over tinfoil or lightly oiled pan. 
Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. 
Makes approximately 16 balls.


These cookie balls don't taste anything like beans, though you may want to play around with how much sweetener you want to add depending on your taste buds--the carob chips add sweetness though too. Either way, they are delicious and I love the texture. Prepare for them to be gone in one sitting though, especially if you're sharing. ;)

Enjoy!  


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9 comments:

  1. They look really good, gonna have to try it. I still need to make those black bean brownies!

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  2. both of those are soooo yummy! I cant believe they're made from beans!! guilt free desserts are the most amazing things in the world <3

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  3. They sound soooo yummy!!! Must try them too!!

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  4. I really can't wait to try these out! Although I've not heard of Garbanzo beans (I will have to do some research and locating!)... after the success of the black bean (or pinto beans as I couldn't get any black beans!) brownies, I know these will go down well!

    My friend Hannah also tried out the brownie recipe, only she chose to use kidney beans.. I do believe they didn't turn out quite so well!

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  5. garbanzo beans are chickpeas :) I dont know why they have two names haha :P

    hmm kidney beans eh? I can imagine those not turning out quite so well as they have quite a strong flavour different than lots of other beans. Pinto beans sound good though, glad those ones turned out! ;)

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  6. Ah! Chickpeas.. I should of googled really!

    I made the brownies again yesterday, this time with Haricot beans!

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  7. I need to make those black bean brownies again, I have some variations to add to that post for people :)

    I dont remember when I realized Garbanzo beans were chickpeas... it was a long time ago but I've been eating Chickpeas for a long time and the ones I usually buy say "garbanzo" on the can haha ;p

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  8. I just made these (with some modifications- I'm a type 1 diabetic, so I subbed sun crystals for agave, I switched the rice flour for rice protein, and, because I felt lazy, I skipped out on the chocolate chips) and they were delicious! I ate several of them with some no sugar added So Delicious chocolate "ice cream."

    Anyhow, it was great! Thank you!

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  9. those sound like some awesome switches! I love when people share their variations of recipes, it's a lot of fun to play around with it!

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