Chocolate-Covered Chickpea Cookie Dough Balls (Vegan)

I tried this recipe for the first time this week. Within three days, every single one of the chocolate-covered chickpea cookie dough balls from this batch had been devoured. The second time I made the recipe, I doubled it. That good. They are so guilt-free, you could eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Aren’t chickpeas beautiful things?

Ingredients

For the dough:

2 c. cooked (or canned) chickpeas
1/4 c. flour (I used Cloud Nine Gluten Free Mix)
1/4 c. almond butter
1/3 c. maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp + pinch sea salt
1/2 c. chocolate chips (I use Life Brand’s vegan mini chips)

For the chocolate shell:

1/2 c. coconut oil (I use Naked Coconuts)
1/2 c. cacao powder
1/4 c. maple syrup
1/2 tsp salt

 

Directions

1. Combine all dough ingredients, minus the chocolate chips, in a food processor and pulse until silky smooth. Transfer mixture to a bowl and stir in the chocolate chips. Set in the fridge to firm up.

2. In a double broiler on the stove, heat your coconut oil and then add cacao powder, maple syrup and salt. Stir until completely incorporated. Remove from heat and set aside to chill a bit.

3. Remove dough bowl from fridge and, using an ice cream scooper (any size you wish), create dough balls. Place these on a parchment lined plate or cookie sheet and place in freezer for about 20 minutes to firm up some more. This will make them easier to roll into perfect spheres.

4. Once nice and firm, remove dough balls from freezer, roll into balls with your hands and dip into chocolate. Repeat this step to create a thicker chocolate shell…and if you want to get really crazy, you could roll freshly dipped balls in coconut, chopped nuts, or more mini chocolate chips.

Tweet me if you have any questions about this recipe: @erinireland

 

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