This is not your mama’s cookie recipe! After seeing this recipe (that contains an unusual dessert ingredient) on Chocolate Covered Katie’s blog I knew I wanted to make it. But it is huge and makes 16 servings so I was waiting for an opportunity to share it with a crowd. When we were invited to some friends house for dinner last night and I was asked to bring dessert I knew just what to make! Are you ready for this? It is made with two cans of beans! Yep, you read that correctly – canned beans. You’ve probably seen the black bean brownie recipes floating around for some time now. Chocolate Covered Katie took that concept and made it even better. Check out her blog and enjoy her creativity when it comes to making treats healthier. She also specializes in making some single serving muffins, cakes and frozen treats.
What you really want to know at this point is, how does it taste? Amazing, incredible, decadent, super delicious – need I say more?
One of our friends can’t have wheat, gluten, corn, dairy, soy or eggs so I told everyone that this was a special recipe that met her dietary requirements. I didn’t reveal the secret ingredient until after they oohed and aahed over how delicious it was. The hosting couple even asked if I would leave them a couple pieces for breakfast today! They aren’t the ones on the special diet either. I’m telling you, this dessert is a keeper. The teenager in attendance had seconds even after learning it contained beans. You have to make this and try it for yourself. It is ooey – gooey just like you want a cookie pie to be.
After reading reviews of this recipe I decided to make it using one can of garbanzo beans and one can of white beans. The garbanzo beans give it some body but they are stronger flavored so pairing it with one can of white beans helps to keep it from tasting beany. I like to use the Ghirardelli dark chocolate baking chips but use your favorite chip. I think the addition of nuts would be awesome.
Why bother baking with beans? Well, if you are going to indulge in a sweet treat why not try to make it a little healthier and increase it’s nutritional benefits. Let’s be real here, the beans don’t make this a health food but at least you can feel a little bit better about indulging in a treat made this way. This recipe does contain a lot of sugar so if you are use to eating less sweet treats you could easily cut back on the sugar or swap it out for some NuNaturals Baking Stevia Blend. I might try that next time. It would cut way down on the calories.
Speaking of calories when I compared the nutrtional data for 1/16th of Katie’s recipe against 1/16th of the Toll House Cookie recipe here is how it looked;
Katie’s Cookie / Toll House
Total Fat 6.5g/18.3g
Sat Fat 2.2g/10.2g
Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie
- 1 can 15.5 ounce garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can 15.5 ounce white beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup quick cooking oats
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 3 tablespoons canola oil or other vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
- 1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 10 inch spring form pan with non stick spray.
Blend everything except chocolate chips, very well in a food proccesor. This takes a few minutes, it will look like a loose, wet cookie dough. Stir the chips into the batter. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 35 -45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Mine took 45 minutes.
Cool on a rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Cut into 16 wedges. Enjoy!
Yield: 16 servings
Per Serving; Calories 228, (calories from fat 24%) Total fat 6.54 g, Sat fat, 2.2g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 181.74mg, Total Carbs 40.52g, Fiber 3.17g, Protein 4.35g WWPP 6
Note: : If you make 1/4 of the recipe you can put it in a mini springform pan for a baby pie.
Recipe adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie
Over the weekend some progress was made in decorating for Christmas. The fireplace mantel and other greeenery around the house is in place. The Christmas tree is up but not yet decorated. We need a new wreath for the front door so I will go look for that today and try to get the ornaments on the tree. Here is a link to my post last year about our Holiday Sparkle. Hubby Tom hasn’t had time yet to do the outside lights so that might not even happen this year. Christmas cards have been purchased so now they can go on the list of things to do. A little bit of Christmas shopping has been done so now I don’t feel quite so behind. There might even be enough time in the schedule to make some food gifts like my favorite Healthy Granola packed into cute little jars.
It’s important to remember to take time to breath and relax this time of year and try to enjoy the season even though most of us are super busy.
Wishing you a fabulous week!
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Do you send Holiday Cards?
Do you give homemade food gifts?
Perhaps I should do a post about sweet and savory food gifts, what do you think?