Orange, Choc Chip and Chia Seed, Chickpea Cookies


I can’t eat carbs or sugar right now. I have gestational diabetes. I also now have an obsession with making snacks that feel like I’m cheating without actually doing the wrong thing by myself or my baby.

Voila! Experimentation has led to the creation of these babies.

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They may not look like much, but after researching every chickpea cookie recipe I could find I came up with these.

Orange, Choc Chip & Chia Seed Chickpea Cookies

Cookies
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
Zest and juice of 1 small orange
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup dry chia seeds
2 tbsp almond meal
4 pieces 80% Lindt dark chocolate (you can use any brand and as much as you like)
1 1/2 tsp Stevia
Small pinch salt

Drizzle (optional)
3 tsp icing sugar (I used low GI)
Orange juice (use a bit left over from the orange used earlier, you only need a tiny bit)

Preheat oven to 180°C.
Put all cookie ingredients (except chocolate) in a bowl. Blend (I used a stick mixer). Break up chocolate into chips. Add to mixture and stir through.
Spoon teaspoon sized drops onto an oven tray lined with baking paper. Flatten slightly with the spoon (they won’t spread when cooking).
Bake 20 minutes. Cool on a rack.

Drizzle (optional)
* I found I needed something to counter the bitterness of the dark chocolate. A tiny bit of orange icing was perfect for my taste. You can leave it off if you prefer.
Put icing sugar in a cup or small bowl. Add a squeeze of orange juice. Mix with a knife until you get a drizzle consistency (not too runny, but not icing either). Dip the knife in the drizzle and hold it over a cookie to drizzle on as much or as little as you like.

My husband who has sampled some um…interesting creations assures me these are tasty. Win!

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