Garbanzo Beans. Yeah, that’s right.  These grain-free cookies are made with a can of garbanzo beans.  Beans in cookies……?????   Eeeewwww….Now before you dismiss such a strange sounding item, I’ll tell you up front that they were pretty good.  For some, they might lose points because they are soft (hence, the fudge part of the tag line).   Somewhere around a B+ range.  Kinda like when my coach tells me that my race was “solid”.  I take that to mean “B+”.   Yesterday,  I was craving a chocolate-peanut butter combo. My sister had sent me a idea via Facebook, so I decided give it a slight twist and see what happened.  The end result was a sweet treat that was a cross between a piece of fudge and a cookie.  Who knew that garbanzo beans could taste so good?

Ooohey gooey rich and chewy. Not really sure how to spell the first word of this caption

A stack of the “Thingies”. One of the easiest recipes that I’ve made

Quick and Easy Peanut Butter ‘n’ Chocolate Fudgy Cookie Thingies

Adapted from Lori Connor’s Skinny Mini Site

Ingredients

  • 1 Can Organic Garbanzo Beans, drained
  • ½ Cup Natural Peanut Butter
  • ¼ Cup Agave Nectar
  • ½ – 1 tsp Salt (adjust as some peanut butters contain salt; some do not)
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Xanthan Gum (optional)
  • 1 Cup Vegan Chocolate Chips or Chopped Chocolate
  • 1-2 Tbsp Water (optional-I had to use a little as I chose to use my Vitamix and mixture was almost too thick)

Method

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees (or 325 degrees for a convection oven setting)
  • In food processor or high-speed blender, puree all ingredients except the chocolate chips. I used my Vitamix, and it was almost too thick to properly puree but I was eventually able to get it silky smooth
  • Remove dough from machine and add in Xanthan Gum and Chocolate Chips
  • Drop by small scoops (I used a sorbet scoop) onto a silpat or parchment-lined baking sheet. Flatten each cookie. I put 12 on each full size cookie sheet
  • Bake for 12 minutes
  • Cool 3-4 minutes and transfer onto cooling rack
  • Store cooled cookies in refrigerator

Tempo the dog moving in for the kill–I actually had to encourage him to stick his nose in the lot of cookies for a photo op. Yeah……he’s that well behaved-LOL

I had a pretty good week of recovery exercise.  2 yoga classes, 3 Core 40 classes, 1 Aqua Run, 3 bike rides and 3 swims.  I’m kinda digging this unstructured training for now, but lack of intensity or focus always means less fudgy cookie thingies for me.