Valentine’s Day was this week, and I ended up making two different desserts! On Sunday I made chocolate chip cookie bars, inspired by Katie’s Healthy Deep Dish Cookie Pie. Here is her original recipe:
- 2 cans white beans or garbanzos (drained and rinsed) (500g total, once drained)
- 1 cup quick oats (or certified-gf quick oats)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 3 T canola oil
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 and 1/2 cups brown sugar (You can sub evaporated cane juice or white sugar)
- 1 cup chocolate chips
Blend everything (except the chips) very well in a good food processor (not a blender). Mix in chips, and pour into an oiled pan (I used a 10-inch springform pan, but you can use a smaller pan if you want a really deep-dish pie.) Cook at 350F for around 35-40 minutes. Let stand at least 10 minutes before removing from the pan.
I adapted the recipe by multiplying all of the ingredient amounts by 3/4 and also slightly reducing the sugar, and I put the batter in an 8×8 baking dish rather than a 10-inch springform cake pan because I didn’t have the cake pan. I reduced the recipe slightly because I wasn’t sure if the 8×8 dish would be big enough for the full recipe, but there was definitely room for more batter, so don’t let that hinder you from making the full version 🙂
You’ll notice that this dessert contains BEANS! I remember being kind of grossed out when I first read the recipe a few months ago – I definitely didn’t associate garbanzo beans with sweet treats. However, Katie also mentioned that Chinese desserts often include beans, and I thought – of course! I practically fell in love with red bean paste when I visited China more than 7 years ago, so I figured that the beans here would be a great contribution to the dessert – and I was correct 🙂 If you still don’t believe me, then go to her post and read one of the 600+ (positive!) comments on the recipe!
I now have my own success story with these delectable treats. I ended up taking them to a potluck dinner at the International Center, and one person declared it was the best dessert there! I didn’t tell her that it had beans in it though, shh 😉
Check back tomorrow for another Valentine’s Day-inspired dessert!