That Sweet Chickpea

that sweet chickpea

Every time I see a recipe involving chickpeas, I stop everything that I'm doing. "Chickpeas you say...tell me more", I murmur. 

But when I come across a recipe involving chickpeaspeanut butter and cacao nibs, not only do I stop, but I also drop and roll. "The universe is about to explode", I exclaim. "Take cover, kitchen! Here I come!". 

And into the kitchen I go, furiously blending all the chickpeas with all the chocolate and all the sugar. Tentatively, I open my mouth wide to taste.

"Dang it", I say, "Not again".

I don't about you, but I find that these cookie dough/sweet chickpea recipes often leave me feeling somewhat disappointed. Perhaps I should take it as a sign. Maybe chickpeas aren't meant to be sweet. However, I'm not one to be defeated. So in an attempt to prove every little chickpea wrong, here is my own sweet chickpea protein snack. I hope it works. 

Enjoy the benefits of: 

Chickpeas - With a 1-cup serving containing more protein than that of two eggs. 

Oats -  Lowering bad cholesterol while keeping yah regular. #Bestcombo. 

Peanut Butter - Whoever decided to grind heart-strengthening and hair-shining peanuts (which are also part of the same legume family as chickpeas!) into a butter deserves a medal. 

P.S.: When oats, peanut butter and chickpeas join forces, you can be sure you are receiving a generous serving of protein, complete with all the amino acids necessary for your squat gains. 

Mulberries - Sweet and succulent iron-boosting mulbs help the body create more red blood cells, meaning more O2 to your tissues and organs. Expect a faster metabolism and optimised internal systems. Say hello to You 2.0. 

Coconut - Meaning a healthy heart and happy skin. Glow from the inside out. 

and Cacao Nibs - More powerful than dark chocolate, nibbles have a ton of antioxidants and flavonoids, fighting off free radicals associated with ageing, cancers and DNA damage. And of course, it stimulates the brain to release happy, love-bug hormones. 

ingredients

2 cups canned chickpeas 

1/2 cup oats 

1/2 cup desiccated coconut 

1/3 cup peanut butter 

1/3 maple syrup  

1/4 cup dried mulberries

1/4 cup cacao nibs

1/4 vanilla protein powder

1 - 2 tbsp almond milk*   

1 tsp vanilla powder

 

method 

1. In a food processor, pulse the oats until roughly coarse.

2. Throw in everything else, being sure to scrape down the edges a few times to ensure all the ingredients are blended. 

3. Roll into little balls and store in the fridge. 

* Feel free to add in more almond milk to thin it out to make it more like cookie dough, or as a spread on toast (yes, I just went there). 

** Adding in a 1 -2 tbsp of cacao powder is also a vibe.