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Valentine's Day - Vegan Butter Bean (or any white bean) Chocolate Chip Cookies

I made chocolate chip cookies for my valentine and I made them out of white beans. Yep!  Beans.  I did.  And they were crazy good right out of the oven.  I got the recipe here.

They were moist, delicious, and sweet but not sickeningly sweet.  I love chocolate chip cookies but I hate how they give me an awful feeling afterward.  You won't with these, I promise.  I will say the only down side of this recipe is that they do change in texture over time (they get dry) so they really are best eaten right away.  Trust me on these.  Give them a try!


Note:  I couldn't find any no salt added white beans (I used white northern beans) so I read about a method to reduce the sodium.  I first drained the can of beans and rinsed them reserving the liquid as requested in the recipe.  Then I put the beans in a large container of fresh water and soaked them over night.  I drained and rinsed them again and proceeded per the recipe.  I tasted the beans before and after soaking and it did seem that the beans had lost their saltiness.

UPDATE:  I found this great article about soaking the beans.  Draining, rinsing, and then soaking for 30 minutes reduces the sodium in beans by 45%.
http://c600847.r47.cf2.rackcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/reducing-sodium-beans.pdf


Comments

Mrsblocko said…
I've seen several bean cookie recipes floating around the blogosphere, but have been too chicken to give them a try. You are making me feel a bit more courageous!

Have you thought of soaking and cooking your own beans? Then you could make sure they had no salt. A lot of directions for cooking beans say to use salt, but I don't anymore and they taste just fine.

I like to make a big 1 lb bag up at one time and then freeze them in portions that I need. (1 1/2 c for recipes that call for canned beans and 1/2 c for bean dip.)

I was surprised but cooked beans freeze really well. To defrost, I just put them in the fridge a day or two before I plan to use them.
They were really neat! I agree, I need to make my own beans. I did NOT know you could freeze them!! That is why I haven't gone that route already. That is awesome to know. I'm going to try that. I also found this:

http://c600847.r47.cf2.rackcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/reducing-sodium-beans.pdf

So, only a 45% reduction on average by rinsing but it helps if you're in a pickle.

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