Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies

Happy Tuesday everyone.  How are you guys doing today?

I have this awesome recipe for you. It is Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies. I adapted the recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie’s Healthy Chocolate Chip Blondies.  You won’t believe that it has chickpeas (garbanzo beans) in them. The only thing I did different was make these into cookies instead of bars. They are so good! My little brother even likes them.

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Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • chocolate chips (add as much as you want)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a food processor, add in the chickpeas. Process for about 1 minute. Then, add in the rest of the ingredient (except the chocolate chips) and process until smooth.
  3. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  4. Drop the dough/batter onto a greased cookie pan. It should make about 11-12 cookies.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes.
  6. Take it out, let it cool, and enjoy!

That’s it for now. I’m on Spring Break and I’m definitely staying home and relaxing. I do have volunteering but other than that, I’ll be at home, relaxing, and doing homework! Professors don’t seem to get the idea of Spring Break.

By the way, did you guys watch yesterday’s Switched At Birth episode? All I can say is “WOW.”

Have you tried making desserts from beans?

– I love red bean paste and these chickpea cookies.

 

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pancakes

¡Buenos días! ¿Cómo están ustedes? Estoy bien. So, why did I start speaking Español? Well, it is because I am introducing you guys to chia seeds, which is grown in Latin America. Here are some great articles written by  Registered Dietitians, talking about chia seeds.

Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pancakes

https://www.acefitness.org/certifiednewsarticle/2878/chia-seeds-the-newest-ancient-superfood/

http://www.foodandnutrition.org/January-February-2014/Chia-Seeds-Tiny-Seeds-with-a-Rich-History/

Chia seeds has so many health benefits, some of which include:

  • Great source of Omega- 3 Fatty Acids
  • 10 grams of fiber per ounce (2 tablespoons)
  • Has protein
  • Has minerals such as: iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.

I made pancakes with these chia seeds. It’d be great for breakfast. Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups soy milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter, melted

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  2. Mix in the chia seeds.
  3. Add in the rest of the ingredients. The mixture gets a little thick.
  4. Heat a non-stick skillet to medium heat. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  5. Pour 1/4 cup for each pancake. If you like smaller pancakes, use 2 tablespoons.
  6. Wait until it bubbles form and then flip the pancake. Cook on the other side for about 1 minute.
  7. Enjoy!

This makes around 8 pancakes if you use 1/4 cup. The pancakes are really filling!

By the way, I attended a cooking demo yesterday and it was awesome! We made Zucchini Brownies and Asparagus Risotto. It was so good! After I recreate it at home, I’ll share the recipe with you guys.

Sources:

http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442472548

What is your favorite breakfast food?

Have you tried chia seeds before?

Steamed Gluten Free Whole Grain Peanut Butter Banana Bread

I am so not creative when it comes to naming my creations. I just name it how it is. And, this is a steamed banana bread. It also has peanut butter in it! I posted this picture on instagram a few days ago. @hevilhelen

Doesn’t it look delicious? I know that it looks a little weird. But, it is steamed!

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I steamed this bread a couple days ago and it is so good! The bread is dense, I have to warn you. I know some people like it fluffy. However, I love dense banana bread. I guess I am just weird like that. Anyway, the only flour used is brown rice flour. It makes this bread whole grain! It is also vegan. Maybe  I should add that to the name too!

Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups brown rice flour
  • 2/3 cup soymilk
  • 3/4 cup sugar (can use less if wanted)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • sprinkle of salt

Directions

  1. “Cream” the peanut butter and the sugar together.
  2. Mix in the bananas and milk.
  3. In another bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder
  4. Pour the dry ingredients into the banana mixture. Stir until just combined. Pour into bread pan.
  5. Steam for 40 to 50 minutes. *
  6. Enjoy.
*There are different ways you can steam this. I did it the old fashioned way. I filled a wok with water and heated it until it boiled. I placed the pan onto a thing that can separate it from the water and let it steam. The only problem is that you have to watch the water, since it can boil off.
In other news, I cannot wait for today’s Switched At Birth episode. It is the only show I watch besides the old classics: Reba and Full House. Anyway, Switched At Birth is a great show and I love how it reaches out to the deaf community! Sometimes, I feel that there are groups of people that don’t get as much attention they should get. I also love the story line and it makes me want to learn sign language.
Anyway, I guess that is it. I hope good things happen in today’s episode and I hope you guys enjoy the bread!
Have you tried steaming foods that are normally baked?
Are you for Emmett, Tank, or Ty?
-I think Bay should stick with Tank.  
Who do you think Daphne should choose?
– I think Jorge!

Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Hey everyone. How are you guys doing today?

I’m doing fine, thank you very much. Today, I have a very simple recipe for you guys. It’s chocolate peanut butter cookies. If you are allergic to peanuts, you can use almond butter. You can try using sun flower seed butter but I am not quite sure how it would turn out. I do know that people have food allergies.

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Anyhow, here’s the recipe. I hope you guys enjoy it. Here is where the recipe is from.

Serving: 18 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter (all natural, organic if possible)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 egg
  • chocolate chips (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the eggs and peanut butter.
  3. Mix in the sugar, cocoa powder and chocolate chips.
  4. The dough does feel like regular cookie dough. Form 2 tablespoon sized balls and place on a greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes.
  6. Take them out, let it cool, and enjoy with milk. These cookies are rich and delicious!

Do you like cookies?

What is your favorite girl scout cookie? I ask this because they came out with a gluten free cookie!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Guess what I made during the weekend.

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Yep. You are right. I baked gluten free chocolate chip cookies. I think the name of the post gave it away.  I baked them for a huge family gathering on Saturday.  It made 35 cookies and they were all gone by the end of the night. Well, two of my cousins ate 5 cookies. The others ate around 2 – 3. Whoops.

I have tried gluten free cookies before but I was always turned off by its gritty texture. It really depends on what ingredients you use to make the cookies. I am happy to say that these cookies are 100% whole grain. It does have sugar in it but these cookies use a lot less sugar. Did I mention that no butter is used in this?

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So, here is the recipe to the cookies. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups brown rice flour
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats (make sure they are gluten free)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • chocolate chip cookies (as much as you want)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar (sometimes, I use 1 cup instead)
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a bowl, “cream” together the sugars and oil.
  3. Mix in the eggs and vanilla extract.
  4. In another bowl, sift together the flour, oats,  salt, and baking powder.
  5. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients.  Mix in the chocolate chips.
  6. Drop 2 tablespoon size dough on the cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes.
  8. Take it out, let it cool, and enjoy!

Let me know what you guys think of these cookies. I know my family liked them. I actually saved a few for my friend to try. He said they were good too.

How was your weekend?

What are your thoughts on gluten free baked goods?