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Navy Bean Chocolate Chip Cookies

Navy Bean Chocolate Chip Cookies

Not quite your grandma’s  – but she’d never know! These navy bean chocolate chip cookies are sweet and chewy, all while being packed with nutrient dense real-food ingredients, vegan and refined sugar free. A true power cookie!

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Okayyyyy. Give me a break. YES I am back with yet another baking recipe involving beans. 

Beans are just the magical fruit – didn’t you know!? I could get my brother to sing the song for you if you need a little more convincing…?

But really. After the success of these chickpea muffins, how could I not try my hand at some bean chocolate chip cookies?

bean chocolate chip cookies

What’s your ideal cookie? Chewy? crispy? Fat? Thin?

For me…. chewy, fat, not crumbly, dunkable, chunky and sweet. Too much to ask? Nahhhhhh. 

bean chocolate chip cookies

I thought incorporating mashed beans would work on my side to create something with a good chew. The fact that these guys came out with all the other elements I have on my “must have in a cookie” list was pure bonus. If you like a good chewy, sticks together cookie, please tag along. You may want this recipe. 

bean chocolate chip cookies

To get experimenting, I decided to go with white navy beans. I know from experience that they have a much less noticeable – if not completely nonexistent – taste, as well as a much softer interior than the beloved chickpea. I envisioned them forming a nice sturdy paste which would work well in a strong and chewy cookie. Unlike something a little more soft and cake-y like I wanted in the muffins.

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I first made these with an egg (too moist) and then with a flax egg (too dry), but it was my third attempt with a chia egg that landed the chewiness I was after. I think the moisture of the beans worked perfectly with the extra absorption power of the chia. 

bean chocolate chip cookies

As a result of using the chia egg and almond milk, these guys are completely vegan. AND because I decided to use my beloved date puree as the sweetener, they are totally free of refined sugars. Something about dates and beans just felt like they’d work together. They’re both mushy, right? #professionalbakerthoughts

bean chocolate chip cookies

The result is a slightly whacky sounding, yet perfectly chewy, sweet and delicious chocolate chip cookie full of only good for you ingredients – including a good dose of fibre and plant based protein! How’s that for a power cookie? No protein powders here.

Take a chance on these bean chocolate chip cookies! You may not tell your family what’s in them, but I swear to you they’ll be a hit.  bean chocolate chip cookies Cookies made with beans - but you'd never know! A true power cookie with the power to trick your friends and impress your taste buds. Click To Tweet


Navy Bean Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 1 14 oz can cooked navy beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds + 2 Tbsp water (see below)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 3/4 cup date puree (see below)
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Make date puree in advance (see http://mylittletablespoon.com/recipes/banana-muffin-vegan-sugar-free/ for instructions). Alternatively, simply submerge 1 cup of chopped dates in boiling water to soften (just until covered) for 5-10 minutes, drain and puree to make smooth.
  2. Combine 1 Tbsp chia seeds with 2 Tbsp water. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until "eggy" and the water is absorbed.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F.
  4. Melt coconut oil (30 seconds in microwave or on the stove). Combine all wet ingredients (beans through to oil) in a food processor and pulse until well combined. It is okay if there are still some bean chunks. You actually don't want it to become a "mush" consistency.
  5. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add in the wet mixture and stir gently until everything is combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Plop about 2 tbsp of dough onto a slightly greased cookie sheet. These cookies will not expand too much so make them the size you would like them to actually be. Bake for 20 minutes until bottoms are golden.
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  1. Stephanie Leduc | 31st May 16

    These sound so delicious! Loved hearing about your recipe developing process, and now I want a fat, chewy thick and dungaree cookie… Right now.
    Btw, I bought Quinoa flour and my next baking adventure will be your chocolate Quinoa bake 🙂

    • Cora | 2nd Jun 16

      So excited you got quinoa flour!!! Hope you are enjoying it!

  2. Emily Swanson | 31st May 16

    I don’t think my grandpa would mind these cookies if I made them for him. 🙂 My grandma might like them, but she can’t have a lot of fiber. Navy beans in cookies? That’s a great way to get in those legumes.
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  3. Susie @ SuzLyfe | 31st May 16

    I want all the textures in my cookies–crispy outside, chewy inside. Yes please and thank you.
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  4. Kate | 31st May 16

    Yum! Navy beans are my favorite bean!
    I think with this recipe you unlocked the key to those incredible vegan cookies at bakeries… well done!
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    • Cora | 2nd Jun 16

      Aha you think bakeries would use beans!? I’d be majorly impressed!

  5. Sarah @ BucketListTummy | 31st May 16

    Corrrra, these look amazing! I want to move in and soak up all of your wonderful creations this summer. You go girl. I think I may be making these this week! I NEEEED my cookies to be chewy.
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    • Cora | 2nd Jun 16

      I need an extra mouth to help me eat everything! I may to be overloaded soon…

  6. katalysthealth | 31st May 16

    YES these are exactly what a cookie should be! Thick and chewy all the way! Ive never used beans in cookies before [only brownies] so I am totally giving these a go!
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  7. Ellie | 1st Jun 16

    Chewy cookies are my jam! Thick or thin, both are great. Beans are perfect for this! Love it!
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    • Cora | 2nd Jun 16

      Oooo speaking of jam… that could be a yummy addition next time!?

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  9. Kristy @ Southern In Law | 1st Jun 16

    I love anything with beans – whether they’re in baked goods or on their own. These look SO good!

    I’m a soft and chewy girl. I loveee cookies with soft middles but chewy/crunchy edges <3

    Funnily enough, the first time I ever made cookies with beans was on my first ever full time nannying job. At the time I didn't know anyone used beans in cookies and the Mum told me she'd left all the ingredients to make cookies with the girls on the kitchen counter. I saw the chickpeas and was super confused – then I saw the recipe and was even more confused but they were SO good and I was hooked from there!
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    • Cora | 2nd Jun 16

      Haha! What a cool Mom!! Ahead of her time too. I didn’t think the bean thing started to be a thing until pretty recently. Or maybe its been the secret ingredient all along…

  10. cookiesnchem | 4th Jun 16

    This sounds SO delicious and creative. Of all people, I knew you’d be the one to devise a healthy bean chocolate recipe! 😉
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