Whenever someone puts the word “healthy” in front of a baked goods recipe, I’m always immediately skeptical. Chocolate isn’t supposed to be healthy. Cookies aren’t supposed to be healthy. And pie? Forget about it. So throw those things together to make a chocolate chip cookie pie and the result should be instant diabetes on a plate with a side of heart attack.
Growing up, we had a magnet on our refrigerator that read, “Never trust a skinny chef.”
But there is one skinny chef that I’ll trust with my life after trying this recipe: Chocolate-Covered Katie. Katie runs a healthy dessert blog (if you can believe such a thing), and this recipe sounded so gross that I just had to try it. Seriously, you won’t believe what is in these cookies because it tastes like a 1,000-calorie slice of heaven.
Ready to learn the secret?
I’ll only tell you the secret ingredient if you promise not to run away screaming. I swear to you, the end product tastes good. Want to take a guess? This cookie has NO flour in it. So what do you use instead? Go ahead and guess!
BEANS. That’s right, big, fat GARBANZO BEANS.
I don’t even really like beans. And in a chocolate chip cookie? BLECH! At least that’s what I thought. But I was so wrong, and if that’s what you’re thinking, you are wrong too. I guarantee that if you make this cookie pie for your friends or family, they won’t even realize that it’s healthy!
Here’s what you need to make this recipe:
As you can see, it does have some brown sugar and chocolate chips, so it’s not 100% healthy. But the beans, apple sauce, and oats replace the white sugar, eggs, and flour, so this is definitely a much healthier version of a typical cookie pie. There’s also a little oil (we use canola), but no butter, and if you want an even healthier version, you can check out this sugar-free recipe from Katie’s blog.
Some of Katie’s readers calculated that with the brown sugar, this recipe has about 200 calories per slice. That’s not too bad, and it definitely tastes much, much worse for you!
To make this recipe even better (if there can be such a thing), there are only three steps. Step one, blend together all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips in a food processor.
Okay, I lied. Step one is actually putting your food processor together because you barely ever use it. Seriously, how many Boyers does it take to put together a food processor?
The answer is three: two to spend 15 minutes putting the pieces together and one to take a picture while laughing at us.
Okay, back to therealstep one. Process that crap out of your ingredients, making sure there are no beans or bean pieces that don’t get pulverized. Here’s what it should look like when you’re done:
I know, I know. It looks gross. It smells kinda gross too. Keep the faith, dear readers. This is going to turn out awesome.
Katie did this in three batches, but we have a big food processor, so we did it all at once.
The first time I made this, I didn’t have a food processor, so I used a blender and did it in several batches. It took FOREVER to get it to the right totally-blended consistency, though. Even with the food processor, I had to pick out a few rouge bean pieces. So if you don’t have a food processor, plan on taking a lot more than 5 minutes for prep.
Once you have all of the ingredients blended, throw in the chocolate chips. Go ahead and use the whole bag and don’t feel guilty at all. You’re about to eat bean cookie. The least you can do is have a little chocolate with it!
If you don’t care for chocolate chips or just want to mix things up, you can throw in just about anything you’d put in a cookie: white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, nuts, even mini M&Ms. Do what makes your heart sing.
Then, simply pour into batter into a springform pan and bake. It should look like this when it’s done:
It looks like it’s getting too well-done, but trust me on this one; you don’t want to take it out early. The center of it stays gooey, and if you take it out early, it is way too gooey. You want that nice, dark-brown crust on the top.
Here’s the finished product:
My picture might not be quite as nice as the pin, but it was just as yummy. Even Papa Boyer tried a slice…and then proceeded to eat like, half of the pie by himself. And Papa Boyer is not afraid to tell ya when he doesn’t like something, so the fact that he had more than a bite is a glowing recommendation.
This has become a favorite recipe of ours, and I think your family is going to love it too.
- 2 cans garbanzo beans (about 500g total, once drained)
- 1 cup quick oats
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 3 Tablespoons canola oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1½ cups brown sugar
- 1 cup chocolate chips (or you favorite chips/nuts)
- Blend all ingredients except the chocolate chips in a food processor. You may have to do this in batches to achieve a smooth texture.
- Add chocolate chips to the batter and stir.
- Pour into a greased springform pan (8 - 10 inches) and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
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