The Best Guilt-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies (Kid Approved!)

Guilt-free cookies on a baking sheet

Gluten-free, dairy-free cookies

I used to think guilt-free cookies didn’t exist.

Because any that I had tried, tasted gross. Or, they had unique ingredients I didn’t readily have available in my pantry.

Then, one day, I discovered the most delicious recipe. One SO GOOD, I love it even more than traditional homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Consisting of only clean ingredients (no refined sugars) and only ONE DISH to clean (a blender!!), it is seriously the best guilt-free cookie you could ever have.

Healthy, protein packed, fiber filled, delicious, AAANNND easy to make?!

YES, PLEASE!

These cookies are a slight twist to a recipe a girlfriend shared with me when I was asking her for healthy meal ideas.

She loves to cook (I do not); she is really good at it (I am not); and she takes great care of her health (I try to). So any food recommendation she gives me, I am eager to follow.

At the time, I was sharing with her how I was struggling to make things that everyone in my house likes.

I was in a phase where I was making one meal for my husband and me, another meal for our (then) two and a half year old, and another meal for our (then) eight month old. Dinner time was exhausting.

On top of that, I was stressing over my son’s weight.

We were doing monthly check-ins at the pediatrician’s office because he wasn’t even on the bell-curve for what the average weight children his age were. He was sitting in the zero percentile for weight, and I felt desperate to get him to eat solids and put on some pounds.

Our answer? These wonderfully scrumptious guilt-free cookies! My son couldn’t get enough of the gluten free dairy free cookie dough, so I started feeding it to him ’round the clock.

These cookies are now a staple in our house. (Two years later, my son has a diversified diet and is healthy 🙂 )

We can’t decide which is better–the dough or the baked cookie. Both are simply AMAZING. You’ll have to let me know your opinion!

I hope you enjoy these clean-ingredient, homemade chocolate chip cookies just as much as we do!

Ingredients

This recipe makes a little over two dozen cookies. We like to make one dozen and save the remaining dough to bake later in the week (or just eat raw in spoonfuls 🙂 ).

ingredients needed for guilt free cookies

2 15 oz cans chickpeas** (See notes below.)

1 cup nut butter**

2/3 cup maple syrup**

4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/8 tsp salt

1 cup dark chocolate chips**

Instructions

ingredients of guilt free cookies mixed together in a blender - gluten free dairy free cookie dough

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil.

2. Rinse garbanzo beans in a colander. Pour into a blender with all other ingredients, except for the chocolate chips.

3. Once blended, fold in the chocolate chips.

4. Dollop spoonfuls of cookie dough onto the baking sheet.

5. Bake for 20 minutes for a doughy, soft consistency.

Tips & Notes for Guilt-Free Cookies

guilt free chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet

Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)

You might be thinking, “Beans in cookies?!” But you seriously won’t even taste them. Plus, chickpeas are an awesome source of fiber and protein–two things I wish my little ones consumed more of.

Nut butter

These cookies can be made with any nut butter. But, I choose not to use peanut butter because peanuts are actually not a nut and do not contain as many vitamins, minerals, and nutrients as nut butters like these:

Kirkland Almond Butter

NuttZo Power Fuel Nut Butter

Kirkland Mixed Nut Butter

I love all three kinds equally, and so do my kids. Each are frequently used interchangeably for this recipe, but the almond butter makes the sweetest flavor.

With the nutritional value of nuts, I like that I can blend them into a cookie and provide variety to my children’s diets that way.

You can purchase the ones mentioned above from Amazon or Costco.

Maple Syrup

I have experimented with the amount of maple syrup I put in to lower the sugar content; I have made these cookies before with just 1/4 cup of maple syrup, as well as with just 1/3 cup. If you are going for a healthier cookie, put in less. If you are wanting more of a sweet treat, do 2/3 cup.

When you put in less, the texture changes a little, with it being more dense…You know how when you eat a spoonful of peanut butter, it sticks to the roof of your mouth? That happens with these cookies when you use less maple syrup. But if you’re like my kids where they always dunk their cookies in milk, they don’t notice when I have put in only 1/4 cup maple syrup vs 2/3 cup.

Dark chocolate

Not all dark chocolate is created equal. We buy dark chocolate chips that have a 72% cacao content or higher, as that level usually contains less sugar and less artificial sweeteners or additives. This brand is our go-to. Dark chocolate has many proven health benefits, too, unlike milk chocolate. However, any type of chocolate chip will taste great with these.

Protein

There is protein from the garbanzo beans and the nut butter. But if you’d like to add your favorite protein powder into the mix, that would be a tasty and filling option, too.


Did you try the recipe? I’d love to hear what you think! Share in the comments section below.

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