Chocolate Pretzel Almond Chickapea Balls

Hey, hey, hey!!!

Today I have a fun, off the wall recipe just for you, well me too!  Do you like Peanut Butter?  Chocolate?  and Pretzels?  Well I do!  This little cookie ball has it all and completely satisfies my sweet and salty cravings.  Let me introduce to you my newest no bake cookie ball recipe, the Chocolate Chip Pretzel Almond Chickapea Ball.  Wow that’s a mouth full!

Remember last Saturday when I posted what I was craving this week and it was my Peanut Butter Cookie Hummus?  Well it got me to thinking, could I make this hummus into cookie balls?  With my excitement I got up bright and early on Sunday morning (4:30am) and made these little balls.  If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen a picture of chocolate chip cookie looking batter, well this is the outcome.  Sweet, peanut buttery, salty little balls!  Man, are they good and addicting.  I would never have dreamed in a million of years I could turn hummus into cookie balls, but I did and it’s fantastic!!

I made these little balls with the same basic recipe as my Peanut Butter Cookie Hummus, with the exception of adding a pinch more maple syrup, oats, oat flour and crushed up pretzels.  When I was playing around with the recipe, the batter seemed a little wet, so in went the pretzels and it made them perfect.  Each bite you get sweetness, then crunch from the pretzels, plus the salt and then the after taste is a wonderful almond nut butter.  I used almond nut butter for this recipe, but regular peanut butter would work great too!

For safe keeping I froze my little balls and do to the fat of the nut butter, they don’t get rock hard, plus they soften up pretty quick.  You can also store them in the refrigerator.  Personally I like my cookies in the freezer, plus it’s the old out of sight, out of mind kind of thing for me!!  If you haven’t done the whole garbanzo/chickapea and peanut butter thing, you really should.  I am not kidding you one bit, you do not taste the beans!  The peanut butter and maple syrup really mask the flavor well.  It’s crazy that you can do these kind of things.  You know me too, I’m always looking to get my treats and having them on the healthier side.  Just wait till Sunday to see what I did with a high calorie sweet treat!!!

Chocolate Pretzel Almond Chickapea Balls

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 58 Balls

Serving Size: 1 Ball

Chocolate Pretzel Almond Chickapea Balls

A sweet and savory no bake chickapea and almond nut butter ball filled with chocolate chips and pretzels.

Ingredients

  1. 1 15.5 oz. can Garbanzo Beans, drained, rinsed
  2. 1/2 cup almond nut butter or peanut butter
  3. 1/4 tsp salt to taste
  4. 1 tsp. stevia (to taste)
  5. 1 1/2 tbsp. maple syrup
  6. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  7. 1/2 cup oat flour (oats processed into flour)
  8. 1/2 cup oats
  9. 1/3 cup (28 grams) pretzels, crushed
  10. 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor add garbanzo beans, almond nut butter, salt, stevia, maple syrup, vanilla extract and oat flour. Process until well combined and creamy.
  3. Add blended bean mixture to a bowl and stir in oats; mix until well combined. Stir in crushed pretzels and chocolate chips; mix until combined.
  4. Roll dough into balls, about the size of a ping pong ball, maybe a little smaller. Place rolled balls on to prepared pan.
  5. Place in freezer to harden, then store in a freezer bag for up to 3 month. Or you can skip the freezing part and refrigerate your chickapea balls.

Notes

Calories per ball: 33.8, Fat: 1.6, Cholesterol: 0, Sodium: 30, Potassium: 1.2, Carbs: 4, Fiber: .07, Sugar: 1.1, Protein: 1.2

http://www.peanutbutterandpeppers.com/2013/04/18/chocolate-pretzel-almond-chickapea-balls/

This recipe does make a lot of balls and if you’re not into rolling them you could, keep it as a hummus or split the recipe in half or even better make BIGGER Balls!!  I’m all for the bigger balls.  Don’t be thinking dirty now!  Tsk, tsk….

Well I hope you like today’s balls!  They are fun, easy to make, but taste even better!!

Have a super duper great day!

Toodles,

Jennifer


Comments

  1. Danielle Omole says:

    Wow this sounds very unique! Peanut butter and chick peas?! I will def be making these this weekend. I’m all for trying new flavor combos. I’ve been on more of a black bean hummus kick so I have a can of chick peas sitting in the pantry that I need to get rid of. We’ve been doing a weight loss challenge at my job and this sounds like the perfect low cal sweet treat to satisfy my sweet tooth! Btw I’ve also been enjoying using different flavors of Greek yogurt with your frozen yogurt ice cream moose recipe! Thank you for posting so many great recipes. Your recipes fill my menu each week. I really appreciate you :)

    • Good morning Danielle! Yes chickapeas and peanut butter a strange combination, but seems to work! I have been enjoying these odd little balls all week! I’m on my own weight loss journey and these little Guys fill the hole for sweets! I love that you use different flavored greek yogurt for ice cream mousse. Such a great idea! I have been making my ice creams all week, but gone plain. I think I’ll change it up tonight and use a different flavor. Thank you so much for the nice comments! You have made may day!! :)

  2. Wow, this sounds so fun yet delicious! Would love to try out making one this weekends. Thanks for the share!

  3. Can they be frozen?

  4. these sound so good since I’m a HUGE fan of peanut butter. I so want to make this but might have to resist because I have a feeling i’ll scoff them all at a go.

  5. Believe it or not I actually love the combo of peanut butter and chickpeas in soup form so I’m sure I’ll love it even more in a sweet treat form since I have a major sweet tooth. I’m putting all the ingredients on my grocery list right now so that I can make these next week. Can’t wait!
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  6. Sounds like a WW power snack to me! Good amount of protein for a small ball!

  7. These sure look delicious!! I would love to try this. xx. McKenna Lou
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  8. I love the combination of ingredients! It just so happens that I have a can of chickpeas I’ve been trying to get rid of!

  9. This is a great treat. Now I have to decide if I want to use almond butter or peanut butter. Hrm!
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  10. Omg! These look so good! I’ve made vegan cookies with garbanzo beans before but this looks interesting. Great idea. Thanks for sharing. =)
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  11. You are crazily creative! These are so fun and so are you!

  12. Oooh I love no bake recipes, and this one looks delicious!!
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  13. Jennifer says:

    What could you substitute for Stevia? I have everything else in the cupboard and would love to make these for the kids.

  14. This does look like a fun recipe! And they look yummy as well! I love the combination of the three main ingredients.
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  15. Ahhhh yes I love all those things! These look heavenly-and I looove that they’re, like, healthy!
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  16. Round sweets are sooooo good!
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  17. This is very unique!!! We love all the ingredients.. Never thought to put them together.. Must try!
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  18. i’ve made cookie dough hummus so i’m totally into the pb/chickpea thing. these look like great little snacks! yum!
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  19. These look great! I have a couple of cans of white kidney beans that I can use in place of the garbanzos! :)
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  20. I just wanted to say that I finally got around to making these and they are absolutely delicious!!! It’s going to be hard to resist devouring these as quickly as I would like to. I’m going to share your recipe on my blog. Thanks again for sharing this great recipe!
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  21. I am just GIDDY over this recipe! Something so healthy and so appetizing too! I.LOVE.THAT! Thanks so much for sharing and linking back, at Weekend Potluck. Please come back soon.
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  22. Thank you so much for the wonderful recipes. I can’t wait tk try these. I hope you don’t mind me sharing your recipes on my healthy and fitness tips page on Facebook credited your site as the Src. I just have to share all of these recipes. Thanks again and keep up the great cooking.

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