High Protein Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

I remember as a child, my mum would try and sneak sweet potato into brownies that she’d make to pump up our veggie intake (among other crafty ways), and surprisingly, they tasted just as good as regular brownies. Fast forward to today, I’d never have imagined adding beans to my chocolate chip cookies, but they actually work… REALLY well!

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The bonus of adding chickpeas to your cookie recipe is they’re:

  1. High in protein!
  2. High in iron

This is a very sweet combo, especially for all those vegans or vegetarians out there, as it can often be challenging getting enough protein and iron into your diet.

But just so we’re all on the same page, I don’t recommend using these cookies as a sole way to get more protein or iron, it’s much better getting them from pure wholefoods. It just happens to be a bonus of the recipe!

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So, just like my mum used to do, I’ve started experimenting with different recipes to see if I can add more wholesome ingredients to make these delicious treats more of a healthy option (compared to their original form).

So here is a healthy spin on the traditional chocolate chip cookies, with the added bonuses of being high in protein, vegan and gluten free!

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Oh! And one last thing before we skedaddle on to making the recipe. Chickpeas are also a great source for vitamin K, folate, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, choline, selenium, vitamin B-6, and magnesium! Just in case you were interested. I always love sharing the benefits of different foods for the body, as I find it so interesting? Are you the same?!

Anywho, let’s get crackalackin’ with this recipe!!

Before we get started in learning how to make these delicious cookies – if you like what you’re seeing, subscribe to my email newsletter at the bottom of the page to keep up to date on the latest recipes and tips I share!

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Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups chickpea flour
  • A good pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp filtered water
  • 1/4 cup (or more) dairy-free chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C (350˚F).
  2. Mix the dry ingredients (flour, salt, and baking soda) together first in a large mixing bowl until well combined.
  3. Next, add in the wet ingredients (oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and water) and mix together until a smooth batter mixture forms.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips, then scoop some of the mixture out and roll into evenly sized cookie shapes. Place onto a tray with a sheet of baking paper, then press down so they become flat on the tray (you can use a fork to create a cool effect on top of the cookie).
  5. Pop them in the oven for around 8-10 minutes (or until cooked through and slightly golden (don’t over-cook them though, as they’re best when they’re soft and gooey).
  6. Once out of the oven, let cool for around 5 minutes or so, then voila! They’re ready to eat!

Enjoy!! xoxo

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Recipe adapted from The Relatable Kitchen’s recipeChickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Please let me know how these cookies turn out for you in the comments! If you’re looking for more homemade healthy cookie recipes, feel free to check out my gooey double chocolate chip cookies recipe.

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If you would like to watch a little run-through of how I make these cookies, I give you a step-by-step recount in my video below.

Let me know how it went! Comment below and if you share a picture on Instagram, please tag me @simplynaturalnessa and use the hashtag #simplynaturalnessa.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa