White bean (!) Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted by: on Okt 3, 2012 | 35 Comments

A girl have needs

I´m tempted to stop at that sentence but maybe I ought to clarify this particular need a bit more. It has everything to to with an awesome invention I want to share with you today – are you ready for it?! -. I have made Chocolate chip cookies so sensationally delicious and crazy healthy, I even feel like throwing a party in their honor! (Yes you’re invited).

I have always had a thing for chocolate (ehh, passion for chocolate) but I will say in the same breath that I’m not a fan of cookies. You know the dry, crumbly sorts of cookies (ok, I don’t like glazed, big, doughnuts or cupcakes either). Not only because of their long and scary list of ingredients but also because I find them quite boring. So here I am raving about chocolate chip cookies?! I gotta say that while raw desserts sweeps me off my feet every time I need to follow the urge that tells me to create a baked sweet treat when fall comes. Plus, these cookies are moist, really healthy and absolutely genius as well.

Problem is I’m not a baker. I do know how to make brilliant sourdough bread and wonderful cinnamon rolls (part of my swedish nature) but cookies? Oh no. What I did was I played with various ideas in my head, took what I’ve learned from all the years of Raw treats, other healthy baking geniuses and came up with these babes. So weather or not you’re ready for fall, come into my forest world and curl up by the fire with me. I’ll be here, waiting for you with a silly smile and a plate of cookies. Jazz will be playing in the background and books and creative projects will be scattered all over. I do love fall.

Fun & Fabulous Facts

Large white beans in a chocolate chip cookie? ..that’s something you don’t hear every day. First time I made these I used chickpeas and the result was incredible but of course I didn’t write down the recipe and next time I decided to bake em, all I had was large white beans so I went for it. Luckily enough for me (and you!) that worked out wonderfully as well.

  When I started venturing into the veggie world all I had tried before was a really good lentil soup and some various dips. To be honest I had no idea how to work these new, beautiful healthy foods. The knight in shining armor came as large white beans. I´d marinate them quickly, add a few fresh herbs and put the bowl on the dinner table. I was damn pleased when I realized that it wasn’t only me that ate (and adored) them. Large white beans have this buttery texture and you can pretty much make them taste whatever you want them to. In this case cookie dough! (You hear this Ben & Jerry?). But not only are the white large beans a great transition into veggie foods, they also hide a superb nutritional value behind that fancy ivory skin. As you might know, beans are very high in protein (17-25% which is higher than eggs and most meats), they are also very grounding, slowly digested and according to Chinese medicine they support our stomach, spleen and heart. White beans (and other beans) are low in fat but have an amazing mineral content. Potassium, zink, folate, and iron are only a few of them.

Another thing. Don’t be scared of beans just because of the *hrm* gas factor. When starting to eat real fiber your stomach gets to work and that may cause some gas. Your digestive system will get the hang of it soon and in the meantime it helps to drink lots of water and when cooking the beans follow these steps: 1. Let the beans soak for 10 hours and then rinse thoroughly two times. 2. Bring to a boil, then drain the beans and rinse. 3. Bring to a boil in new cooking water, skim off any foam and cook until ready.

White Bean Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is not your regular chocolate chip cookie so don’t expect a crunchy, insanely sweet dry cookie that lasts for 2 years. Instead this is a delicate creation that needs some care. You get a fabulous boost of protein and fibers while munching on them and they are also the perfect gift at a dinner party. Spread the healthy cookie love, right!? Ps. if you need a chocolate candy sometime, bake the chocolate chips and enjoy. ( I might have done that 2 or 3 cold evenings)

Chocolate chips
15 dried dates, pitted (use raisins if you cannot get your hands on dried dates)
5 tbsp raw cacao powder (or use unsweetened regular cacao powder)
2 tsp coconut oil

1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until it turnes into a chocolate dough. Add a tsp of water if neccecary.
2. Roll into little chocolate balls (makes approximately 45-55 small ones) and set aside in the fridge.

Cookie dough (makes 10-12 mid sized cookies)
1 cup coconut flour (I used unsweetened shredded coconut and my coffee grinder)
1 cup cooked large white beans (you can use canned)
3 tbsp flax flour
1/3 cup veggie milk (I used oat)
2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
2 tbsp date molasses
3 tbsp coconut palm sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 pinch of salt
1 tsp pure vanilla

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (200° C).
2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and the wet ingredients in another.
3. Use a hand blender to thoroughly combine the wet ingredients.
4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spoon the cookie batter onto it. Using the back of the spoon flatten the cookies as they will spread only slightly when baking.
5. Add a few chocolate chips to every cookie and bake for 15-20 minutes (keep a sharp eye).

IMPORTANT. When the cookies are baked and ready, let them chill and firm up in the fridge for at least 10-15 minutes. I know it’s hard but it’s also worth it.

So.. That’s my dirty little need right now. Secret reviled. See you by the fireplace!

I´d love to know if you have a little story about chocolate chip cookies (there always seems so be one). So scroll down a bit and leave your love in the comments below!

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Cookie smiles /Elenore

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35 Comments

  1. Andreia
    3 oktober, 2012

    Elenore, you are a GENIOUS :D
    I love your chocolate chip cookies! beans + chocolate = perfect combination!
    I have a question for you…do you think that Himalayan salt is better than regular sea salt?

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      4 oktober, 2012

      Hi Andreia,

      Ohhh, thank you dearest:) These cookies surely rocks! I have researched salt a lot (read about it in the Ecstatic raw chocolate post)
      and tend to always use Himalayan salt. However good quality sea salt is just as healthy I’d say. Just make sure its not beached and that the workers conditions is good and loving.

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      • Andreia
        4 oktober, 2012

        YES! they rock!
        You have great healthy and yummy ideas :)
        I read that post and i´m shocked! I didn´t know that some salt has additives! I just don´t understand why food industry puts additives in everything! I don´t eat processed food and i believe that´s the cause of most cancers..In my country we have pure sea salt with bee pollen/herbs/spices lool
        Yesterday I didn´t answered your question..sorry! I´m not a cookie person but i love cinnamon&ginger cookies :D
        They´re my favorite!
        Last week i eated some kind of coffee and cardamon cookies at a cafe..they were raw and delicious!

        Btw, I´m going to buy himalayan salt :D

        kisses*

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  2. Kirsty
    3 oktober, 2012

    I don’t have a choc-chip cookie story, because like you, I’ve never been a big cookie fan – but since experimenting with vegan alternatives I’ve come up with a couple of great cookies I just adore (peanut butter and choc-mollases come to mine). These sound equally divine and I can’t wait to try them. I’d never thought to gring shredded coconut into flour before!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      4 oktober, 2012

      That’s funny! I agree, the vegan experimental baking is so much more fun! ..and the coconut flour – lifesaver!

      Reply
  3. Matilda
    4 oktober, 2012

    Hi Elenore – these look beautiful! I have been waiting desperately for the recipe since you posted the chocolate chips on Instagram ;) I don’t have a chocolate chip cookie story (they’re always gone before there’s a chance for a story to develop!) but was wondering what would be a reasonable substitute for coconut flour? Thank you ~ <3

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      4 oktober, 2012

      Dear Matilda,
      Haha, that is a great story still!
      You can substitute the coconut flour for any nut flour (or ”regular” flour but that would just be a bit sad…)

      Much love and happy baking!

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      • Matilda
        6 oktober, 2012

        Thank you Elenore! Also, I do have a story for you now: I tried to baked chocolate candies from the raw chocolate chips and became too engrossed in a book that I forgot about them in the oven. So yes, they burnt… carcinogenic chocolate candy mm-mmmmmmmm.
        P.S. I am [happily] working on a testimonial for you :-D

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  4. Janae @ Bring-Joy
    4 oktober, 2012

    As a kid there was always chocolate chip cookie making on Sunday afternoons. I used to eat so much cookie dough I often made myself sick (& no doubt the wheat, butter, eggs & white sugar didn’t help!).

    I love how good-for-you this recipe is. I’ll admit I feel hesitant to add beans to cookies, but I actually really like sweet beans (apparently a common thing in the Philippines).

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      4 oktober, 2012

      Awww Janae! So happy that you share this story! (and you can indulge in this cookie dough without the sickness for sure!).

      Hm, I have been to the philippines but I cannot recall hearing about sweet beans.. Is it a sort of bean or a way to prepare them?

      Huge hugs to you!

      Reply
  5. Cheyenne
    4 oktober, 2012

    ooohhh, ill have to try these!
    Back in the day my mum used to make delish cookies(full of butter, sugar and other nasties of course!). me and my four brothers loved the batch of 72(!!) cookies her recipe made. these days i much prefer a cookie dough dip, mainly comprising chickpeas, dates and home made peanut butter mmmmmmm

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    • ElenoreEarth
      4 oktober, 2012

      Oh dear that dip sounds beyond divine! Sooo you are not scared of using the white beans in a cookie then. Good thing!

      Have a blissed day!

      Reply
  6. Alexandra
    4 oktober, 2012

    This is wonderful! I’m going to try these next. :) I love that you used beans for cookies too, I did those not long ago as well (just posted about them today in fact):

    http://thebetterfit.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/spiced-dark-chocolate-kidney-bean-cookies/

    Do you happen to have a good, healthy gingersnaps recipe up your sleeve? :)

    Reply
  7. Robyn
    4 oktober, 2012

    I don’t eat cookies very often at all,,,but I do like bean cookies and your chocoloate chip idea is of course fantastic,,,I will make these…thx and enjoy your day…I need a fireplace about this time of the year :)

    Reply
  8. Naomi
    4 oktober, 2012

    How much veggie milk is needed? The recipe just says 1/3 veggie milk. I am guessing 1/3 cup, but wanted to make sure.

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      4 oktober, 2012

      Sorry about that – you are right – it’s 1/3 cup!

      Reply
  9. Ashlae
    7 oktober, 2012

    Homemade chocolate chips? You rule. Love that these are wholesome and nourishing – my kind of cookie.

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    • ElenoreEarth
      7 oktober, 2012

      Yaay! My kinda cookie too! Wish we could meet and share them!

      Reply
  10. Pernille
    7 oktober, 2012

    Elanore, your kitchen creativity is mind boggling!!!!!!!

    Reply
  11. Mrs G
    9 oktober, 2012

    That’s a great recipe!
    We are big fan of this cake http://www.thespunkycoconut.com/2009/06/gluten-free-dairy-free-sugar-free.html also made with white beans: without frosting, it contains less carbs that regular bread.
    I would mention that also your cookies are a great treat for somebody with diabetes (or gluten intolerant). You see so many recipes aimed at diabetics full of artificial sweeteners and it’s nice to see something tasty yet still natural.
    Congratulations!

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      24 oktober, 2012

      Hi Mrs G,

      That really is so true about the sweeteners.. sad but true!

      Reply
  12. Åsa
    11 oktober, 2012

    OMG, these seem absolutely lovely!

    I *am* a cookie person but since I quit wheat and sugar I just haven’t had any.

    This recipe though… will try it out for my Saturday indulgence :-)
    I’ll problably just use dates instead of date molasses and palm sugar, I’ll get back to you with the results!

    Love,
    Åsa

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    • Åsa
      15 oktober, 2012

      Yummy!
      Using 5 dates in the cookie dough instead of date molasses+coconut sugar worked just fine – the caramelly taste was to-die-for :-)

      The cookies fell apart a bit to easy, maybe I’ll add an organic egg next time…

      Love,
      Åsa

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      • ElenoreEarth
        24 oktober, 2012

        Good thinking dear one <3
        The trick however is really to cool them in the fridge.

        Hugs!

        Reply
  13. Anna Maria
    11 oktober, 2012

    Wow, these sound fantastic! Homemade chocolate chips! One question though, how do I substitute the dried dates with raisins? Is it a one-to-one ratio or what?

    P.S. Love your blog! Really inspiring! Not to mention beautiful.

    Reply
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  15. Katrina
    7 november, 2012

    I just made these as my first venture into vegan/unrefined etc baking…im impressed! They are tasty and came out well :) Thanks for the inspiration!

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      9 november, 2012

      That makes me so happy! Welcome into the fabulous and healthy world of vegan baking!

      Reply
      • Katrina
        1 februari, 2013

        just made them again! even better this time :)

        Reply
        • ElenoreEarth
          2 februari, 2013

          Oh THAT is awesome! I am planning to make them soon again.. or maybe only make the ”chocolate chips” soooo good!

          Reply
  16. em
    13 november, 2012

    ..I second the GENIUS comment!!!!! Xx

    Reply
  17. alessia
    7 januari, 2013

    Hi lovely Elenor..love your idea of making bean cookies. I’m definitely trying it next weekend!! I’d need some help with conversions, though..let’s say I used dry beans (I prefer to cook my beans instead of buying the canned ones!)..how many grams would I need to make the 1 cup cooked beans required for your recipe?
    Thanks a lot you are really inspiring :))

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      8 januari, 2013

      Good thinking Alessia, I do that too. There is certainly a big difference in flavor. If I where You I’d cook a package of beans,
      use the ones necessary for the recipe and then put the other ones in the freezer or fridge to make other delicious meals..

      Reply
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    5 juli, 2013

    Hej,

    Har precis hittat hit och är så glad jag gjorde det :O) Vilken underbar blogg du har och du verkar vara lika underbar! Jag blir verkligen inspirerad och vill prova allt! Ska börja med dessa och efterrätten med rabarber och kokosgrädde. Mums!

    Så tack för jättefin blogg blev direkt en favorit.

    /Katarina

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