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Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

August 25, 2015

A recipe for Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake made with a secret ingredient! High in protein, and without any refined sugar, your celebrations will be the perfect combo of decadent and healthy!

A recipe for Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake made with a secret ingredient! High in protein, and without any refined sugar, your celebrations will be the perfect combo of decadent and healthy!Bear with me while all of this week’s posts are somewhat inspired by my impending day of birth. Clearly it’s the only thing on my mind. But it did give me an excuse to whip up a cake! Better yet, a cookie cake!

My favorite dessert has and will always be cookies. It’s probably why I have so many cookie recipes on the blog. But birthdays require cake (or cupcakes!) so this year I decided to jump into the great big world of cookie cakes. I truly had no idea what I was getting myself into…

In true maven fashion, I couldn’t possibly have a classic cookie cake. My conditions: 1) It had to be healthy – I do think that birthdays are a great excuse to get a little wild but if you can make it healthy and have it taste just as good, then why they heck not?! and 2) Trick everyone into eating a dessert with a hidden ingredient- because I am evil like that.

 

A recipe for Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake made with a secret ingredient! High in protein, and without any refined sugar, your celebrations will be the perfect combo of decadent and healthy!I wish that at this point I could say that my attempt was an immediate success. Unfortunately, the birthday gods were not on my side and I remade this recipe FOUR TIMES until I got it just right.

I suppose there was probably some sort of message buried deep in this story. Actually it probably wasn’t so deep considering I’m pretty sure the final version’s ingredients included a solid cup of perseverance.

Which brings me to today’s birthday week lesson, never giving up.

A recipe for Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake made with a secret ingredient! High in protein, and without any refined sugar, your celebrations will be the perfect combo of decadent and healthy!

 

I’ve never been someone who gives up on anything easily, in fact I’d say I have a hard time letting go of things more than I do in following through. While in Sunday’s post, we talked about the pressure I often put on myself to do the things I think I “should”, I am also learning more about my somewhat more admirable qualities as I get older.

One of the most powerful lessons I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older is that anything worth doing in life is never easy. There are moments of strife and challenge, but the feeling of satisfaction from following through on these moments (that are basically screaming at you to give up) is always always worth it.

It’s part of the reason why I am always trying out new things or delving outside of my comfort zone.

I wouldn’t be here writing this blog, running it as a full-time business or stuffing my face with this healthy chocolate chip cookie cake if I gave up too easily. So even though I’m a year older (on Thursday!), I am grateful for the skills I have learned over the years. Let’s cheers to that!

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8-12 slices (depending how you cut it) 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 19 ounce can chickpeas*, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life)
  • Optional: 2 T rainbow sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a 10 inch cast-iron skillet or a circular pan with coconut oil.
  3. In a food processor (or blender) combine chickpeas and almond butter.
  4. Add in egg and egg yolk and process until they all come together and all chickpeas are broken up.
  5. Add in coconut sugar, vanilla and baking soda and process until well combined.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips and rainbow sprinkles, reserving some to sprinkle on top.
  7. Add batter to skillet or pan and top with a few chocolate chips in sprinkles.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool for 20 minutes before slicing and removing from pan.
  10. Will keep for up to 2-3 days in an airtight container on the counter.

Notes

*I’m told that these are difficult to find in the US so this comes out to 1 3/4 cup chickpeas

A recipe for Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake made with a secret ingredient! High in protein, and without any refined sugar, your celebrations will be the perfect combo of decadent and healthy!

If you think this is all you’re getting from birthday week lessons, you’re out of luck (LOLz). Stay tuned for Thursday (i.e. my birthday) where I’m sharing all sorts of Maven wisdom acquired over my 25 years.

Cookie Cakes, yay or nay? Tell me a story of how you’ve persevered!

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  • Reply
    Kelsey
    March 12, 2018 at 7:28 am

    Do you know how this would cool in a round glass dish? I don’t bake often so I don’t have a regular baking pan and my cast iron has ridges on the bottom :/

    • Reply
      Kelsey
      March 12, 2018 at 7:29 am

      Whoops, I meant cook!

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    Amelia
    April 10, 2017 at 11:03 am

    hi there, if I don’t have a cast iron skillet, is there something else I could use? also, can I sub the sugar for a different type?

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    Dean Chongris
    February 23, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Do you have the nutritional information on this cake? Thanks!

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    Jolene Fisher
    January 27, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    can you add protein powder to this?

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    johanna
    March 28, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    OOOOh another question!!! Can I by any chance replace the chickpeas with garbanzo flour?

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      March 30, 2016 at 8:53 am

      unfortunately no 🙁 totally different consistencies.

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