I’m about to share my favorite recipe for edible cookie dough balls, but don’t run when I tell you what the main ingredient is, k promise?
A few years ago a friend sent me a recipe for blondies that called for chickpeas, and I was totally skeptical. There was no way that chickpeas belonged in any kind of dessert. I was really off put by the idea but I tried them anyway. Low and behold she was right and I was way wrong. Chickpeas in dessert are actually amazing! They are a great blank canvas and with some additions can really transform to a cookie-ish taste and texture!
Sooo… When I dreamed up a healthy-ish edible cookie dough ball, I knew that chickpeas would be the perfect addition to give them the cookie-ness I was going for. I promise you will fall in love with these chickpea cookie dough balls!
Chickpeas as Main Ingredient
You may be a little weirded out to learn that chickpeas are actually the secret ingredient in these delicious gluten free energy balls, but trust me they work perfectly!
Chickpeas are a great source of fiber and protein, which makes them the perfect ingredient for a healthy snack. When you combine them with other flavorful ingredients like honey and chocolate chips, they taste amazing.
Chickpeas work well in gluten free recipes because they are a bland ingredient. When combined with other flavors, they will not detract from the overall taste of the recipe.
What Do You Need To Make Chickpea Cookie Dough Balls?
These energy balls come together with just a few simple ingredients. Aside from chickpeas, you will need: honey, oat flour, vanilla extract (make sure this is GF), salt, and almond butter. I am obsessed with Barney Butter almond butter. It has such a creamy, non-gritty texture that really mimics peanut butter in a lot of ways.
Can You Use Peanut Butter Instead?
Yes, you can easily replace the almond butter for peanut butter. You can even use a nut free butter like sunflower seed butter.
If you are using peanut butter, make sure that it is natural and does not contain added sugar or salt or that will throw off the flavor.
Are Chickpea Cookie Dough Balls Actually Healthy?
Energy balls are a great healthy snack option because they are packed with fiber and protein. They will help you to stay fueled throughout the day, without feeling weighed down or bloated, and who doesn’t love a healthy snack that also tastes delicious?
Fiber is important because it helps to keep us regular. It also helps to make us feel full after eating, so we are less likely to snack later on. Fiber is beneficial for our overall health.
Best Flour For Energy Balls?
This recipe calls for oat flour. It is a great gluten free flour that provides fiber and protein. It also has an earthy flavor, which will complement the nutty taste of the almond butter nicely.
No oat flour? No problem! If you have a high powered blender you can place gluten free oats in there and blend until it turns into a flour like consistency.
If you don’t have oat flour on hand, feel free to use any other gluten free flour that you like. I’d recommend almond flour or coconut flour because they are both high in fiber and protein as well.
You can use other flours if you prefer though! You just need to find one that works well with your tastes buds and preferences in terms of texture and density. I did not test any additional flours or nut butters for this recipe but I am sure it will work!
How To Make Gluten Free Energy Balls?
Combine oat flour, honey, almond butter, salt, vanilla extract, and chickpeas into a high speed food processor. I love the ninja foodie system.
The texture should eventually feel and look like that of regular cookie dough. Once it is to desired consistency gently fold in chocolate chips with a spatula.
Once the mixture is smooth and chocolate chips have been added, roll into balls about one inch in diameter. You should get about 20 balls. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for at least two hours befogging moving to the fridge.
How Long Will Energy Balls Last In Fridge?
These energy balls can last up to a week in the fridge. You will want to store them in an airtight container or ziplock bag so that they stay fresh longer!
Can Energy Balls Be Frozen?
Yes, you can freeze energy balls for later! Just place them in an airtight container and store them in the freezer. They will last for about two months.
When you are ready to eat them, thaw them out by placing them in the fridge overnight. They will be good to go!
Let’s Make The Balls
If you’re in the mood for a quick and healthy snack, give these gluten free energy balls a try. They’re easy to make and perfect for on-the-go. Plus, they taste great! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
- 15 oz can chickpeas rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup smooth almond butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
- 1 1/4 cup ground oat flour
- 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips ( I use enjoy life)
- Add all ingreidents into a food processory (except for the mini chocolate chips). Combine to a dough like consistency.
- Fold the chocolate chips into dough.
- Roll into small balls
- Place in freezer for one hour and then move to fridge for at least two hours.
The chickpea cookie dough balls will stay good in fridge for one week, or will freeze up to two months.