I found this recipe on Pinterest (again!) and I’ve been hooked ever since!
We’ve since then dubbed it “chick pea surprise!” You see, the unusual and somewhat healthy thing about this recipe is that it uses chick peas as its base. My husband isn’t a big fan of it because of that. He calls it a hummus dessert. That just means more for Abe and I!
*When we say it’s “healthy” we’re comparing it to other cookie cakes. It contains 1 1/2 cups of sugar and 1-1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips. Please consume in moderation. If you’re looking for something “healthier” then check out the sugar-free version of this recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 cans of chick peas (garbanzo beans) drained
- 1 cup of plain oatmeal
- 3 tbs of oil (canola, corn, vegetable)
- 1/2 tsp of baking soda
- 2 tsp of baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar
- 1 – 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips (depending on your love for chocolate!)
- 1/4 cup apple sauce (I use the whole small pack as seen in the picture below)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
The first thing you’ll need to do is puree those chick peas. The original recipe calls for you to add all the ingredients (except for the chocolate chips) into a food processor and letting it all mix. For some reason I still haven’t bit the bullet and bought myself a big food processor so I’m left making this the slow way. I slowly add the chick peas, some oil or apple sauce to make it wet, and then pulse the food processor until the chick peas are well pureed.
This is my end result:
This is what my chick peas looked like. As you can see there are still big chunks of chick peas in there. If you’re using a big food processor you won’t have those big chunks. And if you’re using a big food processor you really only have two steps. Blending everything together and then adding the chocolate chips. Here are my steps:
Add in the oatmeal:
Add in the brown sugar:
Mix, mix, mix!
Then add in the chocolate chips!
The original recipe called for only 1 cup of chocolate chips, but I love ooey gooey melted chocolate so I added 1/2 cup.
Spray a cake pan and then add in the batter. It should be pretty thick.
Cook it at 350 degree F for about 30-40 minutes.
I like my chick pea surprise to be somewhat raw in the middle. I’m the same with any chocolate chip dessert. The good thing about this is that there’s no eggs in it, so eating it semi raw is completely safe!
A slice of chick pea surprise! So good and the fact that it’s made with chick peas makes me feel like I’m being healthy when I eat it! 🙂 Pour yourself a big glass of milk and eat it while it’s hot!