Healthy chickpea cookie dough is vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free! The quick and easy recipe is made in 10 minutes with a food processor. Although it tastes like a delicious dessert dip, it secretly contains canned chickpeas and peanut butter. This guilt-free cookie dough hummus is packed with protein and fiber!

a spoon scooping into a bowl of chickpea cookie dough

As a cookie dough enthusiast, I’m always looking for fun ways to incorporate it into my diet. And this chickpea cookie dough has to be the sneakiest way of all! It’s nearly as nourishing as hummus, but it tastes like actual chocolate chip cookie dough. Can you believe it? I know, it almost sounds too good to be true.

Based on the delicious taste and appearance, you’d never guess this chocolate chip cookie dough dip is packed with healthy ingredients. The recipe uses pantry staples like canned chickpeas, peanut butter, maple syrup, and oat flour (or almond flour).

From start to finish, it’s ready in just 10 minutes and no oven is required. You can enjoy it all sorts of ways, too. Try it as a dessert dip, spread, topping, or rolled into bite-sized balls! PS: You can also bake it into Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies 🙂

This chickpea cookie dough is:

  • Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and dairy-free
  • A quick and easy no bake dessert
  • Can be grain-free, flourless, and nut-free
  • A healthy alternative to cookie dough
  • Versatile & customizable
  • A sweet snack for cookie dough lovers!
two glass jars filled with healthy chickpea cookie dough
  • Garbanzo beans: Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are the main ingredient. They have many health benefits, including protein, fiber, and several minerals. Don’t forget to thoroughly rinse and drain them.
  • Nut butter: You can use peanut butter, cashew butter, or almond butter. I personally prefer the flavor of peanut butter, but I think cashew butter tastes the most like real cookie dough. If you are nut-free, use sunflower seed butter instead.
  • Oat flour/almond flour: Use oat flour or almond flour. Both options are a healthy alternative to regular flour, and technically considered as “flourless” ingredients. Almond flour is made from finely ground almonds, while oat flour is made from finely ground oats.
  • Maple syrup: This cookie dough is naturally sweetened with maple syrup. Alternatively, you can use honey.
  • Brown sugar: This ingredient is optional, but I recommend adding it for extra sweetness. It helps the recipe taste more like real chocolate chip cookie dough. Feel free to only use maple syrup if you want to keep it refined sugar-free.
  • Vanilla extract: We’ll add a whole tablespoon for an authentic cookie dough flavor.
  • Salt: A dash of salt enhances the other ingredients.
  • Cinnamon: We’ll add a touch of cinnamon for warmth.
  • Baking powder: Baking powder may seem unnecessary, but it helps mimic the flavor of real cookie dough.
  • Chocolate chips: This sweet treat wouldn’t be complete without chocolate chips! Use your favorite kind, whether they’re dark, milk, or even white.
bowls of ingredients for chickpea cookie dough

For the full ingredient measurements and step-by-step instructions, scroll down to view the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

First, rinse and drain the garbanzo beans (a.k.a chickpeas) in a fine mesh strainer. For the best flavor, be sure to rinse them thoroughly.

Next, add garbanzo beans, nut butter, oat flour (or almond flour), maple syrup, brown sugar (optional), vanilla extract, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder to a food processor.

Then, blend the ingredients until smooth and creamy. Stop and scrape down the sides of the container, pushing the cookie dough toward the blades, as needed. Add chocolate chips to the food processor. Pulse a few times to mix together.

After, transfer the chickpea cookie dough to a bowl or a jar. Enjoy immediately, or cover and store in the refrigerator for later.

four part photo collage showing how to make chickpea cookie dough with a food processor
  • Grain-free: be sure to use almond flour instead of oat flour
  • Nut-free: swap nut butter with sunflower seed butter instead
  • Refined sugar-free: skip the brown sugar, and sweeten with only maple syrup (or honey)
  • Sugar-free: use stevia-sweetened maple syrup and skip the brown sugar

Enjoy this vegan chickpea cookie dough by the spoonful, or try one of the variations below.

  • Dip: use it as a dip for graham crackers, pretzels, and fresh fruit
  • Spread: spread on toast or protein brownies for a protein-packed dessert
  • Topping: use as a topping for oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, and more
  • Balls: make chickpea cookie dough balls by rolling the mixture into bite-sized balls
  • Bake: bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes to make chickpea cookies
chocolate chip chickpea cookie dough inside a white bowl

Although it’s typically made with chocolate chips, there are several options for cookie dough add-ins. Try the ideas below or get creative with your own!

  • Chocolate chips: add your choice of dark, milk, or white chocolate chips
  • Nuts: chopped pecans, peanuts, or walnuts for a crunchy texture
  • Sprinkles: rainbow sprinkles for a funfetti flavor and colorful appearance
  • Coconut: shredded coconut or coconut flakes for a tropical flavor
  • Pretzels: chopped pretzels for a sweet & salty snack
  • Peanut butter chips: a tasty option for peanut butter lovers
  • Mini marshmallows: add mini marshmallows for a s’mores flavor
  • Dried fruit: dried cranberries, raisins, or dried blueberries for a fruity twist
healthy chocolate chip chickpea cookie dough inside a bowl with a spoon

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

How to make chickpea cookie dough without a food processor?

If you don’t have a food processor, you can make this recipe with a blender instead! This will be easiest if you have a Vitamix or a high-speed blender with a tamper (a stick inserted in the center of the lid).

If you use a blender, stop blending and scrape the mixture toward the blades a few times throughout the process. This will help you get a smooth texture.

Can I bake chickpea cookie dough?

Yes, you can. Follow the instructions here: Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies. However, I recommend baking my classic Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies instead. Since that recipe was intended to be baked as cookies, they are drool-worthy delicious!

Can I make flourless chickpea cookie dough?

Yes. This recipe can be made with almond flour or oat flour. Almond flour is flourless, while oat flour is not because it is a grain. Therefore, be sure to make the almond flour version if you need it grain-free.

How many carbs are in chickpea cookie dough?

For 2 tablespoons, this recipe contains 14g carbs. Additionally, it contains 3.5g protein and 3g fiber.

How can I make protein chickpea cookie dough?

Want to make it a high protein dessert? Add in 1-2 scoops of protein powder. This will make the consistency more dry, so you should also add a few splashes of non-dairy milk.

Store inside a tightly-sealed jar or container in the refrigerator. Enjoy within 3-5 days. I don’t recommend freezing it.

two glass jars filled with chickpea cookie dough

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a spoon scooping into a bowl of chickpea cookie dough

Chickpea Cookie Dough (Healthy & Vegan)

  • Author: Kaylie Grace
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups (16 servings) 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Snack
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This chickpea cookie dough recipe is healthy, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free! It’s made with canned chickpeas, peanut butter, maple syrup, and oat flour (or almond flour). It can be nut-free, grain-free, and refined sugar-free. Enjoy it as a cookie dough dip, rolled into balls, or baked as cookies. You’ll be surprised by how much this low calorie dessert tastes like real chocolate chip cookie dough! #cookiedough #healthycookiedough #vegancookiedough #cookiedoughdip #chickpeas #desserthummus #dessertdip   


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 can garbanzo beans (1 and 1/2 cups)
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (or cashew butter or almond butter)
  • 1/4 cup oat flour (or almond flour)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (or honey)
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar (optional, but highly recommended!)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Rinse and drain the garbanzo beans in a fine mesh strainer. For the best flavor, be sure to rinse them thoroughly.
  2. In a food processor, combine garbanzo beans, peanut butter, oat flour (or almond flour), maple syrup, brown sugar (optional), vanilla extract, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder.
  3. Blend the ingredients until smooth and creamy. Stop and scrape down the sides of the container, pushing the cookie dough toward the blades, as needed.
  4. Add chocolate chips to the food processor. Pulse a few times to mix together.
  5. Transfer the chickpea cookie dough to a bowl or a jar. Enjoy immediately, or cover and store in the refrigerator.

Notes

  • Nut butter: I personally prefer the taste of peanut butter, but I think cashew butter makes it taste most like real cookie dough. If you are nut-free, use sunflower seed butter instead.
  • How to store: Store inside a tightly-sealed jar or container in the refrigerator. Enjoy within 3-5 days. I don’t recommend freezing it.
  • Nutrition information: The nutrition facts below uses oat flour and no brown sugar.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 tbsp
  • Calories: 115
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 14g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 3.5g

Keywords: chickpea cookie dough, vegan chickpea cookie dough

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