Chocolate, peanut butter, and chickpeas (what?!?!) come together in this deliciously healthy toddler-friendly treat. Even the pickiest of eaters will agree, these chocolate peanut butter chickpea bites are the bomb diggity.
We are BIG fans of chickpea bites in this house. It’s something The Babe asks for on an hourly basis. And if we don’t have any, she immediately wants to grab the step ladder and an apron so that she can help me make them.
There’s only one problem.
The Babe thinks it’s totally acceptable to eat all of the chocolate chips out of the chocolate chip chickpea bites without actually eating the chickpea bite.
Being the smart mama that I am, I decided to give her what she wants (chocolate) while still getting her to eat the whole thing (which I know she likes). So I made the whole thing chocolate by adding in cocoa powder, giving her a very good reason to eat the whole damn thing.
I’m happy to report that The Babe eats 5 or 6 at a time without flinching or taking half bites and dropping them back into the container. Which is a freakin’ miracle when it comes to eating with a toddler.
Here’s the thing. Even grown-up’s like these.
They will scrunch their noses at the mere mention of chickpeas in a dessert. They will even give you a stink face for even suggesting that they are good. And then? They will take a bite to appease you because they don’t want to appear … rude.
And that’s when the magic happens.
And admit that they are “actually really good.”
Because, seriously, anything that has chocolate and peanut butter as the main ingredients is going to be good. Period. (Unless it has cheese in it, and then we can simply agree to disagree.)
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Bites
- 1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 2/3 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 cups rolled oats ground into flour
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbs water if needed
Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper and set aside.
Place chickpeas, peanut butter, and maple syrup into a blender and pulse until smooth.
Add in oat flour, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract and blend until the mixture forms a ball. If the mixture is a bit thick, add in water 1tbs at a time until dough is 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.)
Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes before transferring to a tupperware or large container for storage.