Chickpea peanut butter cookies – Vegan

These chickpea peanut butter cookies are soft, fudgy peanut butter cookies made with cooked chickpeas and no flour. A tasty healthy peanut butter cookie recipe for the peanut butter lovers, 100 % gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free!

Chickpea Peanut Butter Cookies

I love baking with cooked chickpeas also known as canned chickpeas. It is so convenient to open a can of chickpea, drain, dry, and pulse them into a chickpea cookie dough! Well, chickpeas also create the fudgiest blondies or creamy vegan cookie dough dip.

But first, let us see how you can make healthy peanut butter cookies with canned chickpeas.

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How to make chickpea cookie dough?

Pat dry the chickpeas

In order to make chickpea cookies, you first need to prepare the cookie dough. Start by opening a can of chickpeas, a regular can is usually 15 oz (400g). Then, drain the chickpeas into a sieve, rinse and place on a clean towel.

It is better if you roughly dry the chickpeas by rubbing the towel onto them. This prevents overly moist cookies. Finally, place the chickpeas into a food processor mounted with the S blade attachment along with the rest of the ingredients.

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Blend in a food processor

You must use a food processor, not a blender to make this chickpea cookie dough. In fact, blender jugs are too narrow and the cookie batter would not blend very well. So use a food processor and blend by 30-second bursts, stopping the food processor every 30 seconds to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Repeat this blending/scrapping process a few times until it forms a sticky thick chickpea cookie dough batter.

Stir in chocolate chips

Since this is a vegan chickpea peanut butter cookie recipe, I recommend using dark chocolate chips. However, vegan milk chocolate chips taste great too if you are able to find some at the store.

How to make chickpea peanut butter cookies

Shape the cookies

This peanut butter chickpea cookie batter is very sticky so you must wet your hands before rolling the dough into cookie balls. Then, use a cookie rack covered with a piece of greased parchment paper.

It is recommended to grease the paper with coconut oil to make sure the cookies will not stick to the paper. Next, place each chickpea peanut butter cookie dough ball onto the tray, leaving 1 cm space between each. Finally, press the cookie dough ball with your hands to flatten into a cookie shape. Do not forget to wet your hands often if the batter becomes too sticky.

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How to bake chickpea peanut butter cookies?

These chickpea cookies are soft and fudgy. They won’t get crunchy or harden in the oven. As a result, they bake really fast, usually between 12 to 15 minutes maximum at 180C (350F) in regular mode.

If you are using the convection mode of your oven, they bake even faster. Between 10 minutes and 12 minutes. Remove the chickpea peanut butter cookies from the oven when they are golden on top.

They will be very soft but a crust will have formed on the top. Then, cool them down for another 10 minutes on the cookie rack before transferring onto a cooling rack.

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A fudgy, soft chickpea peanut butter cookie

These healthy peanut butter cookies taste like vegan blondies, and you will not taste the chickpea at all. Chickpeas only make the cookies a little healthier boosting the plant-based protein of the recipe along with the other ingredients including:

  • Chickpea – the recipe use 1 can of drained, pat dried chickpeas. One can of chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, weight 400g/15oz including the chickpea liquid. However, this chickpea cookie recipe does not use the chickpea water so you need 1 cup + 1/2 cup of canned chickpeas about 250g.
  • Oat flour – almond flour would work too but almond chickpea cookie dough makes cookies softer and fragile. Another option is spelt flour or even all-purpose flour would work too, though a little less healthy.
  • Regular peanut butter – no added sugar, no added oil. You can also use natural almond butter to decrease saturated fat or any nut butter you love like cashew butter.
  • Maple syrup or any refined sugar-free liquid sweetener you like. My favorite options are agave syrup or coconut nectar.
  • Salt
  • Baking powder – some baking powders are not gluten-free so you can swap baking powder by half amount of baking soda.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips – peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are even tastier so add 1/2 cup of your favorite dark (or dairy-free) milk vegan chocolate chips in the cookie dough!

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More vegan chickpea dessert recipe

I love using canned chickpeas or chickpea flour into my vegan recipes. It adds protein to your vegan baking recipes and tastes amazing. Below you can find some other delicious recipes using chickpeas:

Chickpea blondie recipe
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
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A healthy vegan snack loaded with protein and delicious to dip any fruit slice
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Chickpea flour pancakes
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Chickpea flour pancakes an easy vegan, grain free and oil free pancake recipe with only 4 ingredients.
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Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Your friend, Carine
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Chickpea peanut butter Cookies

A soft, pillowy vegan peanut butter cookie made of chickpea!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
Total Time: 22 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: chickpea cookies, Chickpea peanut butter cookies, vegan peanut butter cookies
Servings: 12 cookies
Calories: 190kcal
Author: Carine


  • 1 1/2 cup canned chickpeas - , drained, pat dry in a towel (1 can of 15 oz)
  • 3/4 cup Smooth Peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup Maple syrup - or agave syrup
  • 1/4 cup Oat flour - or almond flour (cookie will be fragile with that option) or all-purpose flour or spelt flour
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a cookie tray with parchment paper. Slightly oil the paper with coconut oil. Set aside.
  • Open the can of chickpea, mine is 400g/15oz, wash and drain chickpeas under tap water in a sieve.
  • Transfer the chickpeas onto a towel and roughly dry them by rubbing the towel onto the chickpeas. If some chickpea 'skin' comes off, remove but you don't have to remove all the skin recipe works fine as long as the chickpeas are roughly drained.
  • Place the chickpeas into the food processor with the rest of the ingredients except the chocolate chips!
  • Blend on high speed for 30 seconds, stop, scrape down the bowl of the food processor and repeat these actions a few times until the batter is smooth and there are almost no lumps of chickpeas. It should not take more than 2 minutes in total.
  • Remove the blade and using a spatula, stir in the dark chocolate chips.
  • The batter is sticky and thick, so wet your hands, then grab some batter from the bowl (1 cookie is about 2 tablespoons) and roll the cookie dough into a cookie ball between your hands.
  • Place the chickpea cookie dough ball on the prepared tray, leaving 1 cm space between each cookie. These cookies will not expand in the oven.
  • Slightly wet your hands again and flatten each cookie with your hands into a round cookie shape.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the top is golden brown and its crusty on top. The cookies stay very soft and that is normal, it is a fudgy cookie.
  • Cool on the rack 10 minutes then slide a spatula under each cookie to transfer them on a cooling rack.
  • Cool for 1 hour or until they reach room temperature before eating.


  • Store in the fridge or in the pantry for up to 4 days. Otherwise, freeze in a box and defrost on a plate at room temperature for 3 hours before eating.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 224mg | Potassium: 211mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Sherry Dietrich

    5 stars
    I made these today, really delicious! But I got 24 cookies out of the recipe. I thought they’d taste bean-y like black bean brownies too, but warm or cold, these cookies are great!

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