Food // Chickpea PB & Banana Cookies



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It’s been a chickpea kinda day around here.  Chickpeas, aka garbanzo beans, are so versatile, and today I tried out a brand new way to prepare them: in cookies!  A friend of mine shared this post with me, and I was eager to give them a try.  These cookies are gluten-free/grain-free/dairy-free.  My recipe is an adaptation of the original, and I have prepared three variations: one with chocolate, one with jam, and one with fresh raspberries.  They are all delicious —  creamy, satisfying, and not too sweet.

Chickpea PB & Banana Cookies

1 – 19 fl oz can chickpeas, drained

2 small ripe bananas

1/4 c. honey

1/2 c. natural peanut butter

1 egg

2 tbsp oil

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

for the variations: chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life chocolate chunks – dairy & soy free), jam (I used strawberry), berries (I used fresh raspberries)

…In food processor or blender, puree chickpeas, banana, honey, peanut butter, egg, oil, vanilla, baking powder and salt.  I used my Vita-Mix, and the dough was the consistency of hummus.

…Drop by spoonful onto a parchment- or silpat-lined baking sheet.  Top with chocolate, a dab of jam, or a fresh raspberry.

…Bake at 350 for about 13 minutes.  Cool slightly & enjoy!  Makes about 3 dozen cookies.


Warm Potato Salad

I haven’t really cooked for myself since moving into my new place, so I couldn’t resist posting tonight’s dinner – a warm potato salad, with lots of greens & farm fresh ‘treasure’ eggs.  Proudly made with all Ontario organic veggies — even the garlic!  Recipe outline after the photos (I say outline, because if you know the way I cook, I don’t really follow recipes…if I do, there is usually some tweaking involved)…  Yum!

Freshly tossed & ready to plate!

Don’t forget the Sriracha!

Warm Potato Salad

1lb new potatoes – boiled

3 golden beets – roasted or boiled (in this case I boiled them with the potatoes, in an effort to save time)

a bunch of kale & the beet greens, chopped & steamed

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

1-2 handfuls chopped cilantro

hard boiled eggs

you could also add some chickpeas


2T lemon juice

2T red wine vinegar

3T olive oil

1T grainy dijon mustard (regular dijon will do)

a generous dollop of Sriracha (or Tabasco)

s+p to taste

…Mix dressing in a large bowl, toss in the warm potatoes, beets, most of the greens, cilantro & garlic.  Top with eggs (and sriracha if you need it like I do).  A little avocado would be nice too!  Save your extra steamed greens for a nice healthy omelette the next morning (maybe with a little sauteed mushrooms?).

Oh, and check out this basil…smells amazing!!

Ontario organic basil