The Original Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites Recipe (aka Chickpea Cookies)

Looking for the chickpea cookies from Pinterest or Facebook? Here’s the original recipe! Scroll to the bottom of the post for a how-to recipe video.

Chickpea cookies! Chickpea cookies with no flour, no oil, no white sugar. These are just full of chickpeas. And they’re my very favorite healthy cookie so far!* I don’t know if they really classify as cookies so I’ll go with cookie dough bites.

And as a bonus, they’re grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. Just in case that matters to anyone out there! And if you’re worried about the chickpeas, don’t be. I don’t like chickpeas and won’t eat them but that didn’t prevent me from inhaling these.

* 2017 update: this post is 5 years old and I have a new favorite. :D You HAVE to try these paleo chocolate chip cookies if you haven’t already! There’s also a vegan option. And for hot summer days, these no-bake oatmeal cookies (naturally gluten-free + vegan) are my favorite!

The Original Grain-free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites - no white sugar, no oil, no flour! So gooey, simple and delicious! With a surprise ingredient (vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free)

I used homemade peanut butter in these cookies but store-bought (the kind with just peanuts and salt) works just as well.

Here’s how to make peanut butter! There’s also a video included. All you need is peanuts and a food processor (which you already have to pull out for this chickpea cookie recipe!).

These need the chocolate. Don’t go making them without the chocolate and then tell me that they weren’t sweet or gooey enough! These would be incredibly boring without the chocolate.

And for some weird reason, these cookie dough bites do not taste yummy in dough form. Baking them somehow brings out the sweetness and peanut butter flavor. Or maybe it’s just all that melted chocolate.

The Original Grain-free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites - no white sugar, no oil, no flour! So gooey, simple and delicious! With a surprise ingredient (vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free)

One thing I’ve learned since starting this blog is that people really love closeups of melted stuff. So there you go. :)

These aren’t the most beautiful cookie dough bites, but fresh out of the oven, with all that gooey chocolate, I bet you can’t tell that these are made with chickpeas. Or are grain-free. But cold? Yuck. These need to be warm!

You can either freeze the balls and pop a few in the oven whenever it’s on, or simply put them in the microwave until they’re warm and gooey again.

By the way, if you’re a peanut butter lover like I am, you have to try these peanut butter balls. They’re also gluten-free and have a vegan option!

The Original Grain-free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites - no white sugar, no oil, no flour! So gooey, simple and delicious! With a surprise ingredient (gluten-free with vegan and dairy-free options)

Please read the following before asking a question! It will probably answer it. :)

  • Tons of people have posted the nutritional analysis for these. They’re supposedly anywhere between 80-130 calories, which seems like a huge range to me. Please use a recipe analyzer like on CalorieCount if you need more information.
  • You can use almond butter, sun butter, or whatever nut butter you like.
  • The peanut butter should be the kind with only peanuts and salt. No added fat or sugar. Be careful because there are some “natural” brands out there which aren’t really natural. I find that this peanut butter is usually expensive so I make my own. You can make your own in only 5 minutes with a food processor. Check that out here.
  • Chickpea flour won’t work. I don’t think plain hummus will either.
  • I haven’t tried anything other than chickpeas but others have used butter beans, navy beans, red kidney beans, great northern beans, and lentils with success. I generally don’t like goodies made with those types of beans but I love these cookies made with chickpeas. Please use chickpeas unless you have an allergy!
  • Doing this in a blender won’t work and might kill the blender. Making these in a Blendtec blender or something equally powerful might work but I haven’t tried it.
  • Adding random stuff like eggs… probably won’t work either. ;) Experimenting is great but I think this is a bad recipe to experiment with. But thanks to the experimenters who left feedback, I’ve been able to update the recipe with alternatives to honey and peanut butter. Thanks everyone!
  • For a totally sugar free version, use 30 drops of Stevia and cacao nibs.
  • Do not double the recipe! It might be too much for your machine and could damage it.
  • For a vegan version, you can’t use honey. Use agave.
  • For a dairy-free version, use Enjoy Life chocolate chips. They’re just as delicious as regular chocolate chips. SO good!

And thanks for everyone who has pinned and left feedback. I really appreciate it. :)

Want more gluten-free treats? Here are some of my favorites!

  • Coconut Rum Bundt Cake drenched in coconut rum syrup - can be made with all-purpose, gluten-free or whole grain flours. With a dairy-free option (please click through to the recipe to see the dietary-friendly options)
  • These paleo chocolate banana muffins are bursting with banana flavor and are super rich and decadent! (honey sweetened, grain-free, gluten-free and dairy-free)
  • The Best Gluten-free Brownies (naturally sweetened, dairy-free, 100% whole grain). Can also be made with whole wheat flour!
  • Mini Cheesecakes {grain-free, gluten-free}

Click below for a how-to recipe video for these peanut butter chickpea cookies!

Grain-free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites (gluten-free with vegan and dairy-free options)

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The Original Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites Recipe (aka Chickpea Cookies)
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  • Yield: 14 1" cookies


  • 1 1/4 cups canned chickpeas, well-rinsed and patted dry with a paper towel1
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (165 grams) natural peanut butter, SunButter Natural or almond butter - room temperature2
  • 1/4 cup (80 grams) honey (agave or maple syrup for vegan)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder3
  • a pinch of salt if your peanut butter doesn't have salt in it
  • 1/2 cup (90 grams) chocolate chips (use vegan and dairy-free chocolate chips, if needed)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F / 175°C. Combine all the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, in a food processor and process until very smooth. Make sure to scrape the sides and the top to get the little chunks of chickpeas and process again until they're combined.
  2. Put in the chocolate chips and stir it if you can, or pulse it once or twice. The mixture will be very thick and sticky.
  3. With wet hands, form into 1 1/2" balls. Place onto a Silpat or a piece of parchment paper. If you want them to look more like normal cookies, press down slightly on the balls. They don't do much rising.
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes. The dough balls will still be very soft when you take them out of the oven. They will not set like normal cookies.
  5. Store in an airtight container at room temperature (or in the fridge) for up to 1 week.


  1. My can of chickpeas was 400 grams, 240 grams without the water, and I used all but a few tablespoons.
  2. Don't even try with regular peanut butter! They'll come out oily. You MUST use natural peanut butter. :)
  3. If you need grain-free baking powder, you can use 1 part cream of tartar + 1 part baking soda + 2 parts arrowroot.

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  • Melanie says
    November 12, 2018 @ 9:13 pm

    my mother had made these a while back, I loved them so much, to be honest, more then normal chocolate chips cookies! I made them and brought them to work. Told the gluten free girls they can have, and no one else anything. Everyone loved them, one even said yum so buttery! Haha I said well they’re chicpea, no butter! Everyone was shocked and loved, and asked for the recipe:)

    • Erin replies to Melanie
      November 14, 2018 @ 12:56 pm

      Haha. I’m glad that they thought that the cookies were buttery! And better than normal chocolate chip cookies?! I think you like these better than I do. ;) Thanks for your nice comment!

  • David Friedman
    October 1, 2018 @ 4:03 pm

    Tried these last night and they are excellent. I always remove the shells from my chickpeas before working with them to get the batter a little smoother. If we leave them in the oven another 2 minutes or so, would that help getting them to firm up a little more? Mine were crumbling apart as I’d take a bite.

    • Erin replies to David Friedman
      October 2, 2018 @ 8:26 pm

      Did they fall apart even after they had cooled? Because after they cool, they should hold together better. If they still fell apart, then you can definitely bake them 2 minutes more and that ought to help.

  • Michelle says
    September 17, 2018 @ 2:52 pm

    These cookies have been a staple for my 2 diabetic pregnancies,thanks for getting me through some desperate times!
    Could you use reconstituted PB2 powder instead of all natural peanut butter? It’s lower calorie and lower fat than even the all natural stuff.

    • Erin replies to Michelle
      September 17, 2018 @ 9:33 pm

      I’m so happy that they’ve gotten you through some tough times! I’ve never used PB2 but lots of commenters have used it with success. :)

  • Archana M. Shah says
    September 5, 2018 @ 1:29 pm

    Can you use chickpeas cooked from scratch vs canned chickpeas?

  • DAMAN FARR says
    August 28, 2018 @ 4:49 pm

    I make these all the time and seem to get 19 cookies with the ingredients mentioned above. Any idea how many calories in each one? Thanks

    • Erin replies to DAMAN FARR
      August 29, 2018 @ 9:59 am

      Hi! I don’t have that info but you could use this recipe analyzer if you’d like for the nutritional profile. :)

  • Sue says
    August 25, 2018 @ 8:45 pm

    I loved these! I made them with maple syrup and they were delicious!
    Thanks for the recipe!

    • Erin replies to Sue
      August 29, 2018 @ 9:49 am

      You’re welcome! I’m happy that you liked them with maple. Peanut butter and maple is always a good thing. :D Thanks for your feedback!

  • Sheila says
    August 22, 2018 @ 1:38 am

    LOL. You may consider putting the “”do not double “ in the recipe notes…LOL. I read it after the fact. Oh, and YUM!

    • Erin replies to Sheila
      August 29, 2018 @ 9:48 am

      I’m happy you liked them! And Unfortunately there are too many notes to include in the recipe. Hopefully people will read the post. :)

  • Denise McMahan says
    August 14, 2018 @ 2:33 am

    First… thank you for the super yummy recipe. I have an unnamed autoimmune disease and removing gluten/dairy/sugar from my diet has helped me feel better. These cookies were my first treat since my diet change. Just one question… I have a sugar substitute that’s a stevia/erythritol blend. The package states that it is twice as sweet as sugar so I would use 1/2 cup if a recipe called for one cup of sugar. Do you think I could use this in your recipe in place of the honey? If so, any idea how much? Thank you!

    • Erin replies to Denise McMahan
      August 16, 2018 @ 8:33 pm

      Hi there! Sorry for just now seeing your question. I’ve never used a granulated sweetener in these cookies but I know a few commenters have with success. So according to the bag’s instructions, I’d use 2 tablespoons. You might have to add a little bit of liquid if it’s much thicker than when you made it with the honey. I’d love to hear how it comes out!

  • Sarah
    August 9, 2018 @ 2:20 am

    I just made these and they are DELICIOUS! The batter was equally amazing. I didn’t have honey/agave or vanilla, so I subbed 1/3C raw organic cane sugar and added 3T of almond milk and 1tsp of allspice and it turned out wonderfully. Thanks so much for the great recipe!

    • Erin replies to Sarah
      August 9, 2018 @ 9:21 pm

      You’re welcome! That’s great that they came out well with your subs. :) Thanks for sharing them with us and for your comment!

  • Daniella says
    August 8, 2018 @ 9:16 pm

    Do the 1/2 + 2tbsp of peanut all go into the batter? Just wondering if the 2tbsp is for something else?

    • Erin replies to Daniella
      August 9, 2018 @ 9:12 pm

      It all goes in together! It’s 14 tablespoons all together.

  • Michelle
    August 2, 2018 @ 1:38 am

    Just made these – they’re amazing! OMG. Best treat I’ve made all summer. I’m printing this recipe – it’s a keeper!

    • Erin replies to Michelle
      August 2, 2018 @ 9:06 pm

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear that. :) Thanks for your comment!

  • Michelle says
    August 1, 2018 @ 8:03 pm

    Can’t wait to try these! Thank you so much for sharing. I’m always in need of new gluten free treats ❤️

    • Erin replies to Michelle
      August 2, 2018 @ 9:11 pm

      You’re welcome! Thanks again for your comment. :)


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