Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Would you believe me if I told you that you could have a totally “clean” cookie and it would taste great? We’ll I’m here to do just that. These healthy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are awesome and, dare I say, good for you!

You will not believe what they are made of… no grain, no gluten, no eggs, and no dairy. So what on earth are they made out of?

Guess, go ahead.

Ok, would you believe me if I told you they were made out of chickpeas?! You know, the stuff hummus is made out of. Weird I know. The recipes come from my friend Erin over at Texan Erin Baking. She is the ultimate healthy, clean, allergen-free baker. If the recipe wasn’t on her site I never would have tried it, but I know she’s an awesome baker and so I felt like it was safe to try. You guys, they were great.

I’m currently doing a healthy living 8 week challenge. I’m not eating refined flours, sugar, or other processed foods. I’m loving it, but things like this aren’t without their sacrifices. Are these cookies better than my perfect melted butter amazing but “normal” chocolate chips cookies? Nope. Are they better than having no cookie at all? Yes!! I shared a few with my kids and they did not even call me out on them being different or “healthy” tasting. They really are good. So if you are looking for a bit of a healthy treat while you are eating clean, these cookies are for you. I hate feeling deprived, so these were just the treat I needed to keep me on track without feeling like I’m giving up everything I love. Every woman needs chocolate in her life.

These would be great to make for someone that doesn’t eat gluten or has other food allergies. I’ve made my father-in-law (who is gluten-free) gluten-free cookies before and these are 10 times better than that. Just make sure the chocolate chips you use are OK.

I’m telling you… give these cookies a try and you’ll be shocked at just how tasty they are.

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Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Yield: Makes 16 cookies 1x


  • 11/4 cups canned chickpeas, well-rinsed and then dried (paper towel works great)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add the chickpeas, vanilla, peanut butter, honey, baking powder, and salt to the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. Mix or pulse the chocolate chips into the mixture. The dough will be sticky.
  3. Roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass or measuring cup. The cookies won’t change shape much when baking. Place the balls on a baking mat or parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool a few minutes on the baking sheet and then remove them and let them cool on a wire rack.
  5. Store the cookies in an air-tight container and enjoy!

Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies aka Chickpea Cookies from

And here is the chocolate that I used:
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I ordered this from King Arthur Flour online. They are super dark (72% cocoa) which in my mind makes them healthy. And the super thin disks melt amazingly. They are my snack of choice, straight out of the bag often!

If you have questions about making this vegan, substituting things (different beans, using chickpea flour, etc) head on over to Erin’s blog post: The Original Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites Recipe (aka Chickpea Cookies). She is the cookie ninja and has lots and lot of comments, tips, and thoughts about this recipe. She’s the go-to for questions on this!

And if you are looking for a few other healthy treats I recommend:
Homemade Cottage Cheese
Healthy 3 Ingredient Fruit Dip
Homemade Granola (I love this on yogurt!)

And if you need some meal planning help when it comes to the eating healthy category you can check out my favorite 2 week clean eating meal plans HERE and HERE!

Enjoy and happy healthy eating to you.

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12 Responses
  1. Marcie

    Hi. I hope you don’t mind, but I added this recipe to MyFitnessPal. It’s under “Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies – Bless This Mess” I had to do this so I knew how many of these I could eat today! Thanks again for the recipe.

    1. Ooohhh now I have to get on and see! I was thinking about making them today and didn’t have chickpeas on hand! Are they about 100 calories each or am I way off? Thank you!

  2. I just got a notification from about this post (I just signed up recently which is why I didn’t see this last year!) Thanks for the kind words and for linking to the recipe. 🙂 So happy that you liked them! I don’t like chickpeas at all but these I can eat. 😉

  3. I broke my food processor making these (it started to smoke!). Just wanted to warn others. Tasted really good though. My son is asking for thirds and he is Super picky. I had to really talk them up beforehand and let him see me putting the chocolate chips and honey in (I did not let him see the garbanzo beans.)

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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