Grain Free Hazelnut Butter and Chocolate Chunks Cookies

I made these over the Holidays.

Oh…

My…

Yum…

Try to be still my heart. Just try.

They are so good, I don’t even know how to put it.

Well, maybe if you read the comment that I left on Erin’s site, you would understand.

Grain Free Hazelnut Butter Chocolate Chunks Cookies | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Who’s Erin, you ask? She’s the devil who posted the original recipe for these! Feel free to head over to her site and look for my comment, but you better be patient!

Her little beauties generated well over 450 comments!!! Of course, mine happens to be towards the very end of the list…

But seriously, a cookie that generates that many comments in so little time? I figured it HAD to be like the Food of the Gods or something.

And I think I was right!

Grain Free Hazelnut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

As soon as these came out of the oven, I broke one open to take the pictures, you know.

But oops! My fingers went crooked and right into my mouth it went.

So I had to break another one open, you know, so you could see how beautiful they were with the oozing chocolate and all…

Down that one went too… Followed by another one, and another one still!

Grain Free Hazelnut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

I miraculously managed to stop at 4. That’s FOUR.

¡Uno, Dos, Tres, Cuatro! Understand now why I put on so much weight?

I don’t recommend trying this at home, kids, because while these cookies are indeed super healthy, they also rank a little high on the calorie scale.

Two would make a very decent snack, I think.

That’s if you can leave it at that.

Grain Free Hazelnut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

To me, this cookie is just plain perfect. I love its super dense yet surprisingly moist and soft texture. You know those chewy molasses cookies? Kind of a bit like that, but denser, and chewier.

I dunno. There’s just something about them. They are ridiculously good.

For sure, you would never guess that they were made with…

Wait, right, you don’t know yet, do you? Of course you don’t, I haven’t told you.

Well, as I was saying, you would never guess that they were made with… with chickpeas!

Grain Free Hazelnut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

I swear though, you really can’t taste them, not at all.

Their flavor only seems to enhance that of the hazelnut butter, so really, they taste like a super dense and chewy hazelnut butter cookie with loads of decadent dark chocolate.

That’s what I call super satisfying.

Grain Free Hazelnut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

I can’t decide yet whether I liked them better straight out of the oven, a little bit closer to room temperature, at room temperature or after they had spent a few hours in the refrigerator.

Each stage was different and had its own particularities but all were equally delicious.

I have yet to try them frozen solid, and I wouldn’t even be surprised if that were to happen as I’ve got four of these babies sitting in my freezer right now.

They readily volunteered to test their “freezability” factor.

Seeing as how they have been a huge success all the way so far, I get the feeling that they will still be good in their completely frozen state, as well as after they have thawed.

That’s if I’m patient enough to wait that long.

Hey, I do have to test half thawed, don’t I? ;)

Grain Free Hazelnut Butter and Chocolate Chunks Cookies

Yield: Makes 16 cookies

Nutritional Information is per cookie

Grain Free Hazelnut Butter and Chocolate Chunks Cookies

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. In a food processor, reduce the chickpeas down to a puree. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, and process until smooth. Make sure to scrape the sides a few times to make sure every little piece gets incorporated.
  3. Add the chocolate chunks and pulse once or twice if you can, or add them by hand; The mixture will be very thick and sticky.
  4. Drop the mixture by the tablespoonful onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. A medium sized spring loaded ice cream scoop works wonders for this! If you want your cookies to be a little more on the flat side, press them down slightly with wet fingers or with a fork. They won't do much rising.
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes, until golden. Put the cookies on a rack to cool completely and try not to eat them all while that's happening (you have to try at least ONE while they are still warm and the chocolate is still oozing, though...)
  6. Store at room temperature in an airtight container for 2-3 days, or in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Notes

*Storebought baking powder contains corn starch. To keep this completely grain free, you can make your own cornstarch at home using one part baking soda, two parts cream of tartar and two parts non grain starch, such as tapioca, potato or arrowroot.

Slightly adapted from Texanerin Baking

http://thehealthyfoodie.com/grain-free-hazelnut-butter-and-chocolate-chunks-cookies/

Grain Free Hazelnut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

 Pile of goodness

Grain Free Hazelnut Butter Chocolate Chunks Cookies | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

 Chocolate eruption! 

Grain Free Hazelnut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

 Just TRY not to eat them all right off the cooling rack… 

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Comments

  1. says

    Oh…my…yum ;-) How else can you describe hazelnuts and chocolate?! These cute temptations are simply irresistible. And now I am totally convinced to try that date paste of yours. I think I will go soak the dates straight away. Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. says

    Wow… I checked out Texanerin’s site, and a few other bloggers who were inspired by her cookies. Your cookies definitely get an A++ for presentation and texture! Awesome. I’m making them this weekend!! I’ll let you know how they work out! ;) K

    • says

      YAY! Can’t wait to hear all about it Kelley! And I’m really happy to hear you went and visited Erin’s and other bloggers’ sites. Hope you found some new material to add to your reader! We can never get too much inspiration, now, can we? :D

    • says

      Crack! LOL! You’re right, though, Kammie. Nutella does taste THAT good. If only it really were good for you, as they actually suggest it is in their commercials. There should really be a law against that! But hey, these cookies are totally legal, and tend to be just as addictive as Nutella is, only they truly, genuinely are good for you!

  3. says

    Hahaha. Foods of the Gods.

    And what?! You added banana, eggs and protein powder? That’s awesome that it worked out. And you just made them more healthy! I knew you’d manage getting rid of the honey. :) They look SO good. And that melty and gooey chocolate. Oh goodness. And hazelnut butter?! Oh boy. That sounds even better than peanut butter!

    I’m so happy that you liked the cookies! Thank you for the funny comments on the recipe and even going back to reply to my replies (hitting more! more! more! is really annoying but I can’t fix the comments thing. Boo!) I keep looking at your comments on there and giggling. :D And thanks for all the links!

    Definitely gotta pin these. :)

    • says

      Wait… did I read this right? You are thanking me? You come up with a “Food of the Gods” recipe and then you thank me for trying it? No way! I’m the one who owes you big time! So thank YOU Erin.

      You know what? I was laying in bed last night thinking about those cookies and started wondering how they would be half baked. Do you think it would work? I don’t know, the way I imagine it, I think it would be absolutely sinful. Now I have to try it. I will not rest until I have tried it. Awwww shucks! So many recipes to try, so little room for eating all that food. Why was I not granted a super dooper fast metabolism?

      As for the comments thing, there are close to 500 of them!!!! So don’t sweat the “load more” thing. Just take the fame and run with it! ;)

    • says

      And so you should, Stephen. I find the more I bake with chickpeas, the more I’m liking them! I get the feeling that I’ll be coming up with other cookie recipes in a not so distant future…

      Please, do share your cooking adventures! :)

  4. Holley says

    so I went out and bought all the ingredients for these, so it was an expensive endeavor, and followed the recipe to a T, baked till just golden, looked just like your picture! I was so excited! They were not good, a strange dryish consistency, not a good mouth feel at all. I am a seasoned baker, as well, no amateur. My 17 year old hungry son didn’t even finish the one I gave him. He was sweet about it. I think if you have wicked dietary restrictions (I made them as my daughter is GF) then maybe these would be an adequate substitute, but some of the other healthy cookies are much tastier, sorry!

    • says

      Sorry to hear you didn’t like the cookies, Holley! Unfortunately, there’s no way I can ever guarantee that one will like my recipes. We don’t all have the same tastes, you know. I happen to absolutely love them, but I wouldn’t even think of feeding them to my 20 year old son, though. I know for a fact that he wouldn’t eat one, not even to save his life! ;)

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