Chickpea "Cookie Dough" Bites


Whole-grain dessert bites you can feel good about.

Chickpea "Cookie Dough" Bites
Photo: Victor Protasio

Believe it or not, you won't be able to taste the chickpeas mixed into these spiced treats, which resemble oatmeal raisin cookie dough. Seriously! The flavors from the rich pecans, fragrant cinnamon, and sweet molasses are strongest, meaning you get the benefits of the protein- and fiber-rich chickpeas with no bean taste.


  • 1 ½ cups uncooked old-fashioned regular rolled oats

  • ½ cup pecan halves

  • 1 (15 1/2-oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed

  • ½ cup raisins

  • cup molasses

  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Pulse oats and pecans in a food processor until finely ground, about 15 pulses. Add chickpeas, raisins, molasses, cinnamon, and salt; process until smooth, 20 to 30 seconds. Transfer to a large bowl, and roll into 22 balls (about 1½ tablespoons each). Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes. Cover and refrigerate up to 1 week.

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