Black Bean Zucchini Cookies

October is National Cookie Month! Cookies don’t have to weigh down your diet. Try this delicious alternative!

Featuring Tamara Rhodes, MS, RD, LDN

Adapted from “Hummusapien”


  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 dates, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons creamy almond butter
  • ¼ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup sugar (can use half sugar substitute)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 zucchini, shredded and moisture squeezed out
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Cooking Time: 17 Minutes

Recipe Serves: 15 cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Add all the ingredients (except zucchini and chocolate chips) to a large food processor. Process until mixture is very smooth (like hummus), scraping down the sides as needed.
  3. Add the zucchini and process for another 30 seconds, or until well-combined.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Spoon batter onto baking sheet in even mounds. Wet hands and pat down into smooth cookie shapes. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool; store in the refrigerator.

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