This is seriously THE BEST Gluten-Free Vegan Deep-Dish Cookie! And the best part is that it tastes so delicious you won’t even realise it’s made from chickpeas (i.e. it’s secretly ridiculously healthy).
This recipe came about as a total accident as I actually wanted to make chickpea blondies, (inspired by these vegan + gluten-free Adzuki Bean Nutella Brownies I’d made previously).
However, I didn’t have a brownie tin, so I ended up making it in a deep dish.
It looked so delicious that I not-so-guiltily just immediately started eating it with a spoon as soon as it came out of the oven…
…that was how my gluten-free vegan deep-dish cookie was born!
And the reason I was just spooning it down without an ounce of guilt was because it’s pretty healthy! It’s low sugar, vegan and grain-free and basically healthy enough to eat for breakfast!
Another important point is that this deep-dish cookie is especially nice because of the chickpeas and not in spite of the chickpeas. For some reason, they make the texture so much more fudgy and it doesn’t get soggy or dry out. Ideal!
The peanut butter makes it taste extra rich and the chocolate chips, well, they’re basically obligatory, right?
It’s so easy to make too! Just throw all the ingredients into a blender, whizz until smooth, transfer into baking dish and pop in the oven!
Serving suggestion: it’s especially nice with some eaten with some (vegan) vanilla ice cream!
If you try out this recipe or anything else from my blog, I’d love for you to take a photo and tag it #rhiansrecipes on Instagram! It would really make my day to see what you come up with!
- 1 tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 10 dates (soak them in boiling water for about 10 minutes if they're on the hard side)
- 4 heaped tablespoons smooth peanut butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 tablespoons oil (eg. coconut or vegetable)
- Splash of milk, any kind
- 40g dark chocolate chips (or dark chocolate cut into chunks)
- Optional: handful of peanuts
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees
- Place all ingredients apart from the chocolate chips and peanuts in a blender and whizz until smooth - you will probably have to mix it around a few times with a spoon, and add a splash of milk if it's too thick to blend properly
- Transfer to your greased baking dish - I'd recommend you use something that's quite deep
- Make sure the surface is smooth and level
- Stud in the chocolate chips and the peanuts
- Bake in oven for around 30 minutes, until golden-brown, nicely risen and slightly firm inside (drop temperature to 150 degrees if it looks like it's about to burn)