Chickpea Brownie Energy Bites

As you’ve probably gathered, I like chickpeas. I’ve been wanting to try making chickpea cookie dough for the longest time and I finally got around to it yesterday. I have to say, I was a little disappointed. I mean it was fine, but the texture was kind of grainy, and not as ‘dough like’ as I would have hoped. Luckily, I had the brilliant idea to add about a 1/4 cup of cocoa powder, which totally changed the texture and replaced that beany aftertaste with rich chocolatey goodness. Rolled around in a little extra cocoa powder and I ended up with a perfect healthy treat! So the moral of the story is, when life gives you mediocre chickpea cookie dough, add some cocoa powder and make energy bites.

Vegan Healthy simple Chickpea brownie energy bites

• Ingredients •

16 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 tbsp nut or seed butter
1/4 cup maple syrup 
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup cocoa powder + more for rolling (I like Droste but Hershey’s works too)
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)

1. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse oats into a fine flour, this should take about 3 min. Next, add in chickpeas, maple syrup cocoa powder and nut butter. Pulse until smooth, stopping every couple minutes to scrape down the sides. Transfer to a bowl and fold in chocolate chips if using. Refrigerate for at least 30 min before rolling.

2. Coat the bottom of a shallow dish or bowl with about 1/4 cup of cocoa powder. Using both hands, form about 2 tbsp of dough into a ball, and roll in cocoa powder. Repeat with remaining dough, adding more cocoa powder if needed.

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