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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Healthy Chickpea Toll House Style Cookies - Take 2

As you may or may not know, my previous attempt at making healthier chocolate chip cookies were a bit of a fail. I ended up tossing the cookies I had made, it turned out to be the coconut flour that caused the problem. It gave them a sandy/gritty texture that just wasn't pleasant. 

Fast forward to a couple of days ago, I tried again, this time using ground oat flour and almond flour. I haven't tried baking them, yet, it's just been too hot to turn on the oven. On a side note, someday, I hope to set up an outdoor kitchen area on my breezeway so I can bake and cook without heating up the house.
Raw, last 3 LOL

A few nights ago, I made up another batch of "healthy" (or healthier) version of Toll House chocolate chip cookie dough, I haven't tried baking them, yet... if you follow me you'll know that I made this previously with coconut flour and it turned out sandy/gritty feeling, both the raw form and in the baked form. I asked AI about this and it gave me some good suggestions. So last night I got to work making a new batch, this time I used oat flour (I ground my own oats) and finely ground almond flour, everything else was more or less the same. Well they turned out very tasty and the texture was spot on! So far I have only eaten the "raw" dough, it's perfectly safe as it only contains ingredients which can be eaten without cooking. I even gave PB a bite, he was OK with it until he found out what he was actually eating LOL.

Here is the "recipe", these are approximates, I'm mainly guestimating on the almond and oat flour, I added each one until the dough seemed to be the right texture, not too wet, not too dry. I suspect the total amounts of the dry ingredients would change based on how wet the chickpea puree came out, this one came out pretty wet.

Chickpea Toll House chocolate chip cookie dough
1 15.5 oz can chickpeas, drained (I used Goyoa brand)
1.5 cups almond flour
1.5 cups oat flour
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 plump fresh Medjool dates, pitted
1/4 t vanilla extract
dash of Celtic salt
6 oz of milk chocolate chips (Hershey's brand)
First, take 3-4 pitted Medjool dates, pour boiling water over them in a bowl and allow to plump up. Next pulverize your oats until they are powdered. Once your dates are plump, drain off most of the water and puree until smooth (I used a Magic Bullet blender). Drain a can of chickpeas (but save the liquid for other uses!), puree the chickpeas until smooth. Pour this into a large bowl to finish mixing. Add the other wet ingredients and mix. Add the oat flour and almond flour alternately, about 1/2 cup at a time, mix, continue adding and mixing until you get a dough that looks like a regular cookie dough, the more of the oat and almond flour you add, the stiffer the dough will be. I add a few shakes of a good salt (I prefer Celtic sea salt, you use what you have). Next add your chocolate chips, measure with your heart, I had a half of a 12 oz bag so that's what I added. Mix until all the chips are incorporated. Now you can eat the cookie dough with a spoon, or roll into balls and eat, or you can bake them. Store any left over in the refrigerator. I'm not sure just yet if I'm going to try baking mine, if I do I'll probably add a bit of baking powder, or not... I'd bake them at 350 degrees F for about 12-15 minutes.

Here are the approximate nutritional values:
Chickpeas (1 can, 15.5 oz, drained)
Calories: 269
Protein: 14.5g
Fat: 4.3g
Carbohydrates: 45g
Fiber: 12.5g
Vitamins and minerals: Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc
Almond Flour (1.5 cups)
Calories: 960
Protein: 36g
Fat: 84g
Carbohydrates: 36g
Fiber: 12g
Vitamins and minerals: Vitamin E, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium, Potassium
Oat Flour (1.5 cups)
Calories: 612
Protein: 18g
Fat: 9g
Carbohydrates: 102g
Fiber: 12g
Vitamins and minerals: Iron, Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B5
Maple Syrup (1/4 cup)
Calories: 216
Protein: 0g
Fat: 0g
Carbohydrates: 56g
Fiber: 0g
Vitamins and minerals: Manganese, Zinc, Calcium, Potassium, Iron
Medjool Dates (3, pitted)
Calories: 199
Protein: 1.5g
Fat: 0.3g
Carbohydrates: 53g
Fiber: 5g
Vitamins and minerals: Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Iron
Vanilla Extract (1/4 t)
Negligible nutritional value
Celtic Salt (dash)
Negligible nutritional value
Milk Chocolate Chips (6 oz, Hershey's brand)
Calories: 840
Protein: 9g
Fat: 48g
Carbohydrates: 108g
Fiber: 6g
Vitamins and minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium
Now, let's combine these values to get the approximate nutritional values for the entire recipe.
Total Nutritional Values
Chickpeas: 269
Almond Flour: 960
Oat Flour: 612
Maple Syrup: 216
Medjool Dates: 199
Milk Chocolate Chips: 840
Total Calories: 3096
Chickpeas: 14.5g
Almond Flour: 36g
Oat Flour: 18g
Medjool Dates: 1.5g
Milk Chocolate Chips: 9g
Total Protein: 79g
Chickpeas: 4.3g
Almond Flour: 84g
Oat Flour: 9g
Medjool Dates: 0.3g
Milk Chocolate Chips: 48g
Total Fat: 145.6g
Chickpeas: 45g
Almond Flour: 36g
Oat Flour: 102g
Maple Syrup: 56g
Medjool Dates: 53g
Milk Chocolate Chips: 108g
Total Carbohydrates: 400g
Chickpeas: 12.5g
Almond Flour: 12g
Oat Flour: 12g
Medjool Dates: 5g
Milk Chocolate Chips: 6g
Total Fiber: 47.5g
Vitamins and Minerals (not exhaustive but key ones)
Folate: High from chickpeas
Iron: High from chickpeas, almond flour, oat flour, maple syrup, and chocolate chips
Magnesium: High from chickpeas, almond flour, oat flour, and dates
Phosphorus: High from chickpeas and almond flour
Potassium: High from chickpeas, almond flour, dates, and maple syrup
Zinc: High from chickpeas, almond flour, oat flour, and maple syrup
Vitamin E: High from almond flour
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): High from oat flour
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid): High from oat flour
Calcium: Moderate from almond flour and milk chocolate chips
Manganese: High from maple syrup
Per Serving (assuming 12 servings)
Calories: ~258
Protein: ~6.6g
Fat: ~12.1g
Carbohydrates: ~33.3g
Fiber: ~4g

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