Black Bean Chocolate Cookies

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Finally, the kids are back in school!  One of my most pleasant childhood memories is coming home from school to a plate of yummy cookies and a glass of milk.  It brought comfort and solace after a hard day in the classroom! So, instead of store-bought Oreos, offer this gluten free chocolate and nutty treat to your beloved children.

This recipe is a simple, healthy yet delicious cookie where black beans replace flour. These cookies are rich in chocolate and packed with protein for guilt free pleasure.  Any of our varietal honey would work well when making these for children. If making these for yourself, the chili pepper honey gives these cookies an extra kick!

I have been wanting to experiment using beans in baked goods for quite a while; I think you will be surprised at how great they taste!

                  

Ingredients:

  • One 15oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup peanut  butter
  • 1/3 cup Big Island Bees honey
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup roasted Macadamia nuts ( I used honey roasted macnuts from Ahualoa farms)Yum!
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F

  2. Put the black beans, cocoa powder, vanilla, peanut butter, honey and baking powder in the container of a food processor. Mix until very smooth.

  3. Transfer the contents into a large bowl and stir in the macadamia nuts and chocolate chips.

  4. Roll dough into 2 inch balls and place on parchment-lined baking sheets. Gently press to flatten . Bake for 12 minutes. Yield- 14- 16 cookies

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