Tuesday, April 10, 2012

breakfast cookies

I have been seeing a lot of sweet things made with beans: black bean brownies being the most popular but  I also saw a cookie dough treat made with kidney and cannellini beans and that inspired me to try cannellini beans in a cookie. I made this batch, all the while with great doubts. It looked like cookie dough and it tasted like cookie dough but after they had baked, I tried one and thought -well-  I just couldn't accept the fact that there were beans in them. I saved the tray I had made and tossed the rest of the dough. Just for the heck of it, I offered one to the girls, really expecting to hear, "what's in here?" or "there's something different about these" but instead I hear, "Mmmm"! The next morning I gave them another with breakfast and again, they were scarfed up. So I will definitely make these again and will be experimenting with other beans! And I will try them myself and keep an open mind. I am not into sneaking vegetables into foods and if the girls had asked I would have told them and I'm sure the cookies would have been rejected. Thankfully they didn't ask and they weren't even suspicious when I offered them for breakfast.

1 15 ounce can cannellini beans
1/2 c sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup soy milk
2 TB coconut oil

1 c plus 2 TB flour
2 T hemp seeds, ground
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c vegan chocolate chips (I like the whole foods brand)
1/2 c oats
turbinado sugar to sprinkle on the top

Rinse and drain the beans and place in a cuisinart. Pulse until smooth (you'll need to stop a couple of times and scrape down the edges) then add the sugar, coconut oil, peanut butter and vanilla and process until smooth.
In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and hemp seeds. If all the seeds don't go through, just dump the rest in. Add the chocolate chips and oats to the flour.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir to combine. Scoop one ounce portions (scant 1/4 c) onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350 for about 12 minutes. Since I threw out a lot of the dough I really don't know how many this yields, probably close to 2 dozen.
(I made these again and yielded 18 cookies)

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