Monday, August 27, 2012

Chocolate Chip Sunflower Butter Bites

Sticky dough in the food processor.
I've been a little obsessed with my new food processor, using it for everything. Even cookies. Yup. Cookie dough in the food processor. These aren't your typical cookies though, these are vegan and gluten free, yet still delicious! The recipe this is inspired from was based with peanut butter. With the prevalence of people with peanut allergies (including my son), there are plenty of substitutes that are almost as good. Almost. The best I've come across so far is sunflower butter. I attempted to grow sunflowers this year to harvest seeds so I could make my own butter, but the chickens are enjoying the leaves too much. Only two plants have survived their plucking, and one of them is only a couple feet tall. It looks like out of all the seeds I planted, I may get one blossoming flower.

While these cookies aren't as rich and satisfying as my vegan chocolate chip cookies, they're a close second and a great gluten free option. Did I mention they don't have processed sugar either? They get their sweetness from honey. And who doesn't like honey?

Oh and don't get turned off by the chickpeas. I know it sounds weird to add chickpeas to cookies, but it's more for texture and substance. You won't taste them at all. Promise.

Chocolate Chip Sunflower Butter Bites
Makes 30 bites

  • 1 can chick peas
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 cup sunflower butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ยบ.
  2. Blend all ingredients except the chocolate chips in a blender or food processor until a sticky dough forms.
  3. Add the chips and pulse until just combined.
  4. With wet hands (this is important, otherwise the dough will stick to you), roll the dough into one inch balls and place on greased cookie sheets.
  5. You can fit up to 15 bites per sheet, since these won't spread when baked.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes.


  1. I am making these this weekend! Do you think I could use pumpkin puree or apple sauce instead of the sunflower butter?

    1. I'm not sure if the cookies would hold their shape if they didn't have the sticky sunflower butter. You could maybe try half sunflower butter (or peanut butter would work too) and half apple or pumpkin. The pumpkin one sounds really interesting. I may try it myself! Let me know how it comes out :-)