When it comes to snacks, I’m all for a nice tasty sweet snack to ward off those mid days slumps but unfortunately most store bought energy bars, snacks are laden with sugar and most are probably not going to provide us with much nutritional value, so I decided to try and make some sweet treats with a health kick to them…introducing my chickpea cookie dough truffles!
Using chickpeas as the base along with creamy nutrient rich tahini and a little vanilla extract to give it that cookie flavour and some maple syrup…throw in some chocolate chips and coat in chocolate and the truffles were born.
Chickpeas are an amazing source of protein and although it’s the standard base for hummus, they lend themselves well to sweet options including my chocolate and peanut butter hummus which is a staple in our house.
So here it is…
Chickpea Cookie Dough Truffles
1/2 tin chickpeas (use the remaining for adding to a curry or salad)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp maple syrip
1 -2 tbsp milk
Protein powder optiomal
Dark chocolate (some broken into small bits to mix through the cookie dough)
In a small blender add the chickpeas, vanilla extract, tahini and maple syrup and blend adding in small amount of milk just enough to soften it slightly as it will be very think but you don’t want runny, you need to consistency whereby you can roll the dough into balls
Mix in the dark chocolate chips and roll into balls
Melt the remaining dark chocolate and roll the balls into the chocolate and place onto baking paper and pop into the fridge to harden.
They will keep in the fridge or a cool place in an airtight container for a week (maybe longer) if they last that long)
You can of course use almond butter although you couldn’t use them as a packed lunch snack and feel free to add in raspberries or nuts and adjust the amount of maple syrup to your liking.