I’d first heard about a pizookie way back and have kept this on my to-do list or schedule for over a year now – sometimes it takes a kick in the butt (or a shiny new oven) to get cracking and actually do something, but this was totally worth it and I’m already plotting to get my paws on another can of chickpeas to make it again.I sliced it in different sizes because I knew Man-thing would want a quarter anyway, and after having a few bites I knew I would too. There’s no easy way to describe it but as damn delicious. The PB is not even the overwhelming feature because there’s the creaminess of the chickpeas to consider, the happy crunch of choc chips, and just the all-round awesomeness. Man-thing proclaimed this is favourite of the latest of my treats and it was gone rather quickly once he discovered which tupperware it was stored in, so yes. Man approved it seems!
PB pizookie delight
- 3 TBSP PB (no salt or sugar added)
- 1 cup chickpeas (keep your brine for meringues!)
- 1/2 cup flour of choice (I used light wholewheat – for GF I would recommend oat flour)
- 2 droppers NuNaturals NuStevia Pure Liquid Vanilla
- 1/2 cup applesauce (unsweetened is best)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup vegan dark chocolate chips
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Optional: 1/4 cup xylitol or sugar of choice
- Preheat to 180C and spray a round 8″dish.
- In a food processor blend together all ingredients except the chocolate chips. Add non-dairy milk 1 TBSP at a time if needed to create a smooth but thickish consistency.
- Fold in chocolate chips and then spoon into the baking tin.
- Bake for 35 minutes until firm and slightly golden on top. Let it cool or eat it warm, but store leftovers (if any) in the fridge.
- You can serve your pizookie with ice-cream or a rich caramel sauce, or even just freshly sliced fruit like bananas.
I left it bare to enjoy the flavours as is and it’s just amazing, but that’s not to say I’m not going to make a helluva splash the next time there’s ice-cream in the house. I’m even considering making it again and breaking it up over a warm winter smoothie bowl, because there’s protein and cheer in the pizookie and the idea is therefore totally legit. 😀Just look at that ridiculous smear of chocolate!! It’s such a nice firm or “together” bit of munch, and I may even dare suggest that if one presses it down into a baking pan with sides you could even use it as a groovy type of “pie shell” for a pudding filling. I mean, there’s logic in such a thing, surely, when you’re staring at this and wondering how many excuses there are for making it.I try not to keep choc chips in the house because I know I’ll eat them all just like that, so this was an excellent opportunity to appear modest and enterprising in my purchase, and also I can practically see Man-thing’s brain go into glee mode when he spots chocolate nuggets in anything. I can’t blame him! I wasn’t hungry much when I started off with this post but now I’m all nibbly from scratch, so I’m just going to leave these pics here and let you decide for yourselves on whether it’s worth a try. Assembly is ridiculously easy and no-one can complain about waiting 35 minutes, which is essentially the time it will take to make some tea and cuddle cats whilst you plot how many slices to eat. In other news, we’re fostering again and much sooner than expected! We heard about Chino yesterday, a mostly blind 1 – 2 year old kitty, who was dropped off by a lady who had found him as a stray but had a dog that wasn’t too happy about it all. I quickly called Man-thing to hear how he felt about fostering a blind kitty, since we’ve never dealt with one before, and he was an eager beaver, and in fact already in love then! He fetched Chino whilst I was at home prepping and what a beauty! So friendly and loving, and he doesn’t bash into things so we think there’s some shapes he can see. He’s constantly on one’s lap and just super cute. I suspect Man-thing is laying down the groundwork to keep him, but I’m taking it one day at a time, even though I’m grinning my head off just thinking about him. I feel bad for our kitties because we’re keeping them separate for the moment which means they can’t come into the hallway, study and bedroom, which is where they spend most of their time, but Chino is the first cat in a long while that we’ve kept with us in the study instead of segregating in the foster cat rooms for obvious reasons. We’ll eventually introduce them once Chino has been sterilized, and I’m very curious as to their reactions. Watch this space (if you’re following our cat antics, or otherwise there’s always the food :p)!