Soft, sweet and umami, miso and chickpea cookie bars are delicious vegan healthy snacks that can be prepared in a food processor.
What is miso?
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this Japanese ingredient, miso is fermented soybean paste. If I had to describe how it tastes like I'd say it tastes salty, earthy, nutty, creamy and slightly sweet? Oh, and there's the umami. There are lots of umami flavors in miso that comes from the fermentation process.
This article even calls miso a secret ingredient.
There are many uses for miso paste, like making miso soup, using it for marinades for fish (or chicken or pork), or in sauces like pasta sauce. But I've also seen Some Japanese restaurants use it for dessert dishes, too. Does vanilla icecream with miso caramel sound amazing or what?
Really, there was no reason NOT to try adding some to my dessert recipes. And what better pairing than miso and chickpeas?
Chickpeas are nutty and creamy. Miso is earthy, sweet and umami.
The texture of these cookie bars were on the softer/tender side. Probably not a "cookie" texture but more like a cookie bar?
And to top it off there's the white chocolate chips to make the cookie bars even sweeter.
Ingredients used to make these Chickpea Cookie Bars
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- Canned Chickpeas (also called Garbanzo) – Just any canned chickpeas. You can also prepare them from the dried chickpeas.
- Coconut flour – coconut flour does not substitute well, and I can’t recommend swapping coconut flour with other ingredients unless you absolutely had to (2 Tbsp coconut flour = ½ cup almond flour). Unfortunately, you probably won’t get the same texture or mouthfeel as the original recipe.
- Almond Butter - like this one or any other natural nut butter
- Applesauce - preferably unsweetened. The pectin that's naturally found in applesauce helps bind the ingredients together without the addition of oil or egg.
- Salt – Pink Himalayan salt is what I have at home, so it’s what I use, but you can use any kind for this recipe. Since I use only a small amount, the conversion (between kosher and fine salt, for example) isn’t necessary.
- Coconut Sugar – You can use any granulated sugar for this recipe. Coconut, date and maple sugars are less processed sugars I would recommend. Honey and maple syrup should also work, but I have not yet tried. For keto options, you could also use stevia (but be sure to convert according to package instructions). I also put a range on the amount you could use (3 to 5 Tablespoons) because I personally prefer desserts that aren’t overwhelmingly sweet. I would say 3 Tbsp is subtly sweet, 4 Tbsp is sweet enough, and 5 Tbsp is sweet.
- Miso paste - I used the sweet miso (Miko Brand) but you can also use light or shiro/ white miso
- White Chocolate Chips - the regular ones in the baking aisle. For healthier alternatives, you can also use no sugar added chocolate chips like this one.
Miso and Chickpea Cookie Bars
Serving size: you’ll get ~10 triangles (Basically, double what you see on the first photo).
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1 can chickpea canned, drained and washed (260g)
3 Tbsp coconut flour
2 Tbsp almond butter (60 g)
4 oz container of unsweetened applesauce (slightly less than ½ cup)
¼ cup granulated sugar of choice*
½ tsp baking soda
1 ½ Tbsp miso paste (preferably sweet or white miso)
½ cup white chocolate chips (any brand)
Recipe Variations and Optional Add Ins:
- Add 1 tsp cinnamon or 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
- Fold in some nuts and dark chocolate chips to the batter
- Or add raisins or dried cranberries
- Shape them into smaller
- Add ½ tsp matcha powder
- Boost up the nutrition of these bars by adding 1 Tbsp of flaxseeds
What are some ways you can eat these?
- Plain and warm
- Glazed with the almond butter glaze (see recipe below)
How to Store
Store these coookie bars covered at room temperature for up to 24 hours. If you need to store them longer, you can place them in the fridge for up to a week or freeze up to 4 months. Defrost at room temperature.
More Chickpea recipes
Miso and Chickpea Cookie Bars – Vegan & Made with Canned Chickpeas
- Blend all ingredients except the white chocolate chips in a food processor until very smooth (blend 1-2 minutes).
- Add the white chocolate chips into the resulting dough and stir roughly, before scraping out the dough onto a parchment lined sheet pan.
- Shape the dough into a flat mound about ¾ inches tall.
- Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for about 15-17 minutes, or until the tops are browned and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Let cool slightly before cutting the cookie mound into triangles.