Spice things up this fall with these sinfully good cinnamon chickpea bites. Toddlers love them. Adults love them. And no one is the wiser that these bad boys are actually good for you.
The Babe is still obsessed with chickpea bites. And I’m still looking for ways to switch them up so she’s not eating the same thing every single day for the rest of her life. So far, we’ve done chocolate chip chickpea bites and peanut butter chocolate chickpea bites.
And while I would have been satisfied having either of those two options for the rest of my life, I felt like I owe it to The Babe to try something new.
Which is how we happened upon these cinnamon chickpea bites.
Back in the day, the mere thought of cinnamon would have sent me into panic mode. I loved it. But, sadly, it did not love me. And was the source of many-a-migraines.
Which is a damn shame because I used to pound Cinnamon Toast Crunch, sprinkle cinnamon sugar all over my french toast, and eat copious amounts of my mom’s cinnamon applesauce. So believe me when I say having to cut it out of my diet was a hard thing to do.
Thankfully, cinnamon and I are back on speaking terms. Which is great, because I’m pretty sure I’ve put cinnamon into every single thing I’ve made for the last month. I’ve gone through two jars of ground cinnamon and have liberally added it to breads, baked goods, and … bites.
Word to the wise: if you’re not feeding these in mass quantities to little people, feel free to roll them in a little cinnamon sugar for some next level snacking. It takes these cinnamon chickpea bites from regular old snack to dessert-like truffle in seconds flat.
It also makes them even more addictive than they already are.
So use caution.
And the cinnamon sugar.
Cinnamon Chickpea Bites
- 1 15 oz can chickpeas
- 1 cup peanut butter or other nut butter of choice
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 tbs cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1 tbs cinnamon
- 2 tbs coconut sugar or granulated sugar
Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper and set aside.
Place ingredients into a blender and pulse until dough forms. Should be firm but not overly dry.
Scoop up 1 tbs of mixture and roll into a ball. (You can always take more or less depending on how big or small you want your bites to be.)
Place on parchment lined baking sheet and repeat the process until the mixture is gone. (If mixture is a bit sticky, place a drop or two or water on your hands and get them damp. Too wet, and the mixture will turn to slime.)
If using, combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl and stir to combine. Take balls one at a time and roll around in sugar until coated. Return to the baking sheet.
Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes before transferring to a tupperware or large container for storage.
Will keep for 1-2 weeks (IF they last that long).
Allergen InformationNightshade free, dairy free, gluten free, egg free, soy free.