Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I’ve seen numerous recipes posted all over the internet that call for pureed beans in place of butter or oil in a recipe. Since I’ve already done multiple experiments using beans as a fat replacer I figured I would give it a try by combining two different recipes for chocolate chip cookie bars. One recipe was for a low carb bar using an almond/coconut based baking mix. The other recipe used pureed beans in place of the butter in the recipe. I’ve made this several times now and will most likely tinker around with it a bit more.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
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Serves: 24
Less sugar, less fat and fewer carbs plus it tastes great. What more can you ask for in a cookie bar recipe. This recipe makes a 9 X 13 inch pan full. Use one can of beans and split the remaining ingredients in half to make a 9 X 9 inch pan.
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans of chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans)
  • 1 cup quick cook oats, finely ground
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • 3 tablespoon of softened butter or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Spray a 13 X 9 inch pan with cooking spray.
  3. Drain liquid from the beans and rinse well.
  4. Place the oats into the food processor and pulse until they become finely ground. Remove and set aside until later.
  5. Place the beans in the food processor and pulse until they become coarsely ground.
  6. Add all the other ingredients (ground oats included) except for chocolate chips to the food processor. Pulse until ingredients are well combined. Then process until mixture is smooth.
  7. Transfer the batter to a bowl and add the chocolate chips. Mix in well.
  8. Spoon the batter into the pan and spread. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the edges are just starting to brown.
  9. Let the bars cool and then cut into 24 bars.

Process the beans so they are as smooth as possible. Then add the other ingredients. When your done it will look something like this:

Chocolate chip cookie bars1

The finished bars look very similar to their made with flour, full fat counterparts.

Chocolate chip cookie bars2

Even the texture is very similar. Here’s the inside of the bars.

Chocolate chip cookie bars3


The kids have eaten multiple batches and even given them to their friends. No one suspects a thing! Shhhhh……

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