Enjoy this healthier version of a chocolate chip cookie in bar form. APRIL FOOLS!! Just kidding, this is not an April Fools prank & you won’t be FOOLed by these cookies. They are an easy alternative to traditional chocolate chip cookies or premade package cookies because of the difference in nutrients. If you haven’t caught on yet, dessert is my #1 favorite. I was stoked when originally finding a recipe for cookie bars on Confessions of a Dietitians Instagram page. I’ve whipped them up a few times since then. The first time making cookies I used all the ingredients she called for. When I tried to recreate it for the second time I was missing half the ingredients. Peanut butter is a staple in the cookie bar recipe and sadly I was all out of PB! How can you make a cookie bar recipe with peanut butter and not have any peanut butter? This is a question I asked myself and somehow managed to come up with a spin-off recipe. You’ll be surprised how good these taste even if they are missing a few original ingredients.
I was 100% out of PB when I decided to make these. Like there wasn’t even any PB I could scrape down from the sides. Of course, I was home for the night and I did not feel like running out to the store. After rummaging around I came across some peanut butter powder hanging out in the cabinet. I mean it’s not quite peanut butter but it just might work. Another adjustment was with the sugar. The original recipe had a bit more sweetener. I didn’t add as much sugar and it didn’t seem to negatively impact the cookies. Instead of honey or syrup, I used agave for the simple fact that it was also hanging out in the cabinet. Agave is also just a personal preference, maybe a desert girl thing, I’m not sure. It turns out that missing half the original ingredients created a bar that was lower in sugar and still equally as fiber-rich as the original cookie bar. Using chickpeas, a.k.a garbanzo beans is the source of fiber in this recipe.
In Amerca fiber is underappreciated and under-consumed. Often times the benefits of fiber are forgotten or overlooked. It’s recommendation that women eat 25g/day and men eat 38g/day. Only ~5% of Americans meet the intake goal for fiber. If you’re reading this it’s not too late. Grab some fiber-rich foods and help yourself out. Fiber doesn’t only help with digestive function but fiber has other benefits too. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics position paper found that populations who consume more dietary fiber are less likely to develop chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Regular fiber consumption has even been associated with lower body weight. How FIBER-ing cool! Increasing the amount of plant-based foods you eat every day can help you get more fiber. These healthier cookie bars are a great way to sneak in additional fiber.
Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar- April Fools!
- 1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed
- ¼ cup agave nectar
- 1/2 cup peanut butter powder mixed with 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp water it should look like peanut butter
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 small banana
- 4 Tbsp. enjoy life chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Mix together all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor until smooth. Pour into 8x8 pan and top with chocolate chips.
Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes
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