Testing a Recipe with a Surprise Ingredient

A garbanzo bean recipe recently caught my eye.  One of my favorite bloggers, Tanya of Frou Frou Britches, posted a recipe for a healthy Deep Dish Cookie Pie that she made using a recipe created by Chocolate-Covered Katie.  Tanya and her family liked this recipe and I had to try it for myself because garbanzo beans and cookies don’t seem to go together to me.

Would you ever know that this delicious looking slice of chocolate goodness contains garbanzo beans?  I think not.

Did we like this healthier version of Deep Dish Cookie Pie?  Oh yes!  I honestly couldn’t stay out of it.  Mr. SP has already told me that he’d like for me to make this again very soon.

I have one confession to make.  The recipe calls for one cup of chocolate chips and I doubled that by using the entire bag.  What can I say?  I like chocolate.

Want to make this for yourself?  I thought I might tempt you!

Here’s the recipe from Chocolate-Covered Katie’s blog.  (Visit her, you won’t be sorry!)  I copied this, so all of the notes included with the recipe are Katie’s.

Deep-Dish Cookie Pie
(High in fiber… and gluten-free!)

  • 2 cans white beans or garbanzos (drained and rinsed) (500g)
  • 1 cup 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
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

So easy to make!
Blend everything (except the chips) very well in a food processor. 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 minutes. Let stand at least 10 minutes before removing from the pan.

My notes:

  • Definitely use a heavy duty food processor and make sure that the garbanzo beans are ground into a smooth paste.
  • This recipe is so easy because you dump your ingredients into the food processor, turn it on, and it does all of the work.
  • I used butter flavored cooking spray to oil the pan.
  • 35 min. at 350F worked well in my oven and it is a a high powered one.  Usually I have to bake things for 5 min. less than what a recipe directs.

Here’s mine, hot out of the oven.

The cookie pie released from the spring form pan beautifully and would look gorgeous on a pretty platter for a party.

I couldn’t wait to try this and sliced a test piece while it was still warm.  It was good, so very good.  I think adding the extra chocolate was well worth the calories.

After cooling properly, it slices neatly into wedges.

This cookie pie stays very moist.  I stored it in a plastic container and thought that the cut edges would dry out but they didn’t.

Many thanks to Tanya for posting this recipe so that I could discover it for myself and to Katie for creating it.

Are you now tempted to try this??


  1. Now that’s a surprise ingredient. It looks scrumptious.

    BTW, I made a very small batch of the frito dessert that you posted and it was very good. I will make a larger batch next time.

  2. Garbanzo beans….really????? It sure looks yummy Paula. How bad can anything be with a bag of chocolate chips in it.

  3. This is the second recipe today that I am wishing I had a food processor for!! This looks wonderful! (The other one was Black Bean Brownies – eeee!)

  4. WOW!! Garbanzo beans and chocolate?!! ewwwww but I trust you and will definitely try this. One definitely can’t tell that this contains garbanzo beans, these pictures make it look so yummy and makes me want to take a bite of it right of the computer screen but for some reason that’s not working so that means I’ll have to make it too 🙂 Thx for sharing!

  5. I AM tempted to try this! Wow, Paula. . . I saw this on Tanya’s blog and was interested–but these close-up pictures REALLY have my mouth watering! Thanks for the reminder about this recipe–I’m so disorganized that I forgot where I’d seen it!

    By the way, I also love Tanya’s blog. Isn’t she just the nicest woman? She’s a good blogging friend. She’s like you in that way!

  6. I’d try that…it looks really good! I have made an alfredo pasta that uses navy beans instead of cream and stuff, and it fooled my pasta lovers. I’m not above trying garbanzo bean desserts!

  7. You’re darn right I want to try this!!! Wow, does that look good. I don’t have a springform pan…need to get one of those. 🙂

  8. ok, well, this looks delicious, and if i didn’t see the words garbanzo beans i would never know. what an interesting little extra.

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