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Healthy Holiday Cookies

Delicious holiday cookie recipe from all of us at Twisted Tree Yoga in Des Plaines!

Great, tasty and healthy! These delicious oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are made with chickpeas instead of flour so they are gluten-free and can be made vegan by substituing carob chips for the chocolate chips. Oatmeal and chocolate, yum!, can help improve milk production for breastfeeding and it helps that these are healthy too!
 
You will need:
 
1 can of organic chickpeas drained (1 1/2 cups)
 
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (try carob chips too to make vegan)
 
1/4 cup rolled oats
 
1/8 tsp salt
 
2 teaspoons of vanilla (honey and molasses work well also)
 
1/8 tsp baking powder
 
1/2 cup sugar in the raw
 
1/2 cup organic nut butter (almond, cashew, peanut butter is my personal favorite!)
 
1 teaspoon cinnamon
 
This is the basic batter recipe but have fun throwing in whatever you’d like to get creative and make them your own! Dried cranberries, crushed pistachios, golden raisins, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds and crushed dried banana chips are just a few of my personal suggestions.
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and add all of ingredients, except chocolate chips and oats, into a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
 
Now, stir in your chocolate chips, oats or other added whole ingredients.
 
Scoop out 1 inch balls—if baking them I suggest pressing them down a bit when you place them on the pan, since they don’t flatten out during the cooking process. If enjoy raw, feel free to leave them in bite size dough balls.
 
Bake 15-20 minutes, allow to cool and eat away. Eat away!

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