Tuesday, June 19, 2012

[Guiltless] Deep Dish Cookie Pie

This dessert is gluten-free (check for GF certified oats), oil free, and can easily be diary free (chocolate chips) It's almost too unbelievable to be true... a healthy version of the decadent and incredible "pizookie" dessert that you splurge on like once a year because you know how horrible it is. Well this cookie pie taste just like it but uses a secret ingredient, garbanzo beans (chickpeas) as the base-- and the amazing thing is you can't event tell! In fact, I have made it a few times and everyone LOVED it, not even noticing that it would contain beans! I am thankful I came across this healthy dessert blog and found this odd, yet delightful recipe awhile back. Now it still has some sugar content, but not nearly as much as the common cookie pie, let alone the amount of butter used... with this recipe you could practically eat the entire thing for less calories than one slice of the regular thing-- although I don't recommend doing that either. This recipe is a must, absolutely delicious, gooey, decadent, fluffy and mushy that just melts in your mouth amazing. Pairs really well with a scoop of ice cream on top, drizzled chocolate or caramel syrup, frosting, or whip cream, you decide... and you can always add in other ingredients to change this guiltless deep dish cookie pie up-- macadamia nuts, m&m's, peanut butter, cocoa powder, sprinkles... the possibilities are endless. 

Guiltless Deep Dish Cookie Pie: (serves 8)
Slightly adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie

2 cans garbanzos beans, drained and rinsed OR 4 cups cooked
1 cup oats
1/4 cup + 3tbs unsweetened applesauce OR pumpkin (I used pumpkin)
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 + 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven at 350F degrees. Place all the ingredients in your food processor or blender, except for chocolate chips. If using a blender, it is a little more effort as you have to scrape the sides often, and would recommend adding ingredients a little at a time. Blend until all the ingredients are well incorporated and is smooth. Combine chocolate chips into the mixture and  pour into an greased cake pan. Bake for about 35-40 minutes. Remove and let sit for a few minutes before serving. Serve with whatever topping you desire, enjoy!

Combine all the ingredients, blend until smooth.

Add chocolate chips & scoop into greased cake pan.

Evenly spread the mix, & bake for 35-40min.

Remove from oven, wait a few minutes & slice.

Serve & top w/ a scoop of ice cream.

You simply won't believe it, but dig-in because it's that good-- Enjoy!

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