cinnamon chickpea cookies recipe

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”

Cooking time:17 minutes

Recipe serves: 16 cookies


  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can chickpeas
  • 8 dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup creamy almond butter
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium apple, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Drain and rinse chickpeas very well (so they don’t taste beany). Shake off any excess water.
  3. Add all the ingredients (except chopped apple) to a large food processor. Process until mixture is very smooth (like hummus), scraping down the sides as needed.
  4. Fold in the chopped apple.
  5. Spoon batter onto baking sheet in even mounds. Wet hands and pat down into smooth cookie shapes. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes. Allow to cool; store in the refrigerator.

Editor's Note: This recipe was originally published on , and was last reviewed on .

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