{Healthy!} Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

I don’t even blog on Saturdays but I had to tell you about this recipe. This is by far the weirdest recipe I have ever made. I was so skeptical about it, I made a backup dessert just in case it made us all hurl. Let me back up a bit, today was our final Christmas get together. My Grandpa B is here from Iowa, and I LOVE when Grandpa B comes to visit. He’s the coolest. When I was little and would go visit him on his farm, he would let me “drive” the tractor and the combine in the field. He’s tall and strong and has a dry sense of humor that usually means I don’t realize he was joking about something until way after the conversation has ended. We aren’t a super lovey dovey family but never in my 27 years has there been a doubt in my mind that Grandpa B loves me more than……….I don’t know……anything! All of us for that matter, he loves his family and we love him. We are truly better people for having him in our lives.

Ok, enough with that. Family get togethers mean food. And food means dessert. The problem? Some of us are trying to make a transition into healthier eating (I am not one of them). I hate the idea of bringing something to a meal that not everyone will enjoy. I even make my german chocolate cake half with and half without the coconut and pecans because some people don’t like those two things. So I decided to attempt a healthier version of a dessert that everyone could eat. This brought me to Chocolate Covered Katie. This food blog is devoted to healthy dessert options. This recipe in particular seemed popular, then I read it. It’s main ingredient is chickpeas. That’s right, chickpeas. I have never even eaten a chickpea in a non-dessert application, much less make it the main ingredient in something that is supposed to be decadent? But the reviews went on and on about how good this was, so I gave it a try.

We all loved it! I wouldn’t tell anyone what was in it until they ate it, but it was a hit. It truly tastes just like a chocolate chip cookie. Ooey and gooey and oh so good. Its gluten free, doesn’t contain any flour, butter, or egg. It does have sugar in it but Katie has a version of this without any sugar for those who can’t or don’t want any sugar in it. I’m a believer Katie, thank you. So this begins a new section on this blog, a section for “healthy” dessert options. It will be slow growing people. I love flour, and butter, and all things terrible for me that clog my arteries and require me to wear my fat girl pants. But I will be experimenting, and I can’t wait to share more about it. I anticipate some disasters, I’ll share those too. For now, take my word for it, this dessert is wonderful. Take it to a party and serve it without saying anything about its ingredients, you will be asked for the recipe! And unlike many other recipes for gluten free and dairy free foods, this is extremely inexpensive to make.

Here’s my how-to…..throw everything except the chocolate chips in the food processor.

Blend it until its VERY smooth

Dump it in a bowl and stir in the chocolate chips.

Spread in a greased pan (I used a 10 inch spring form pan. You can use whatever you want depending on how “deep dish” you want it to be)

Bake for 35 minutes, it will get a little brown on top and around the edges but will remain soft and delicious. Give it ten minutes before trying to remove it from the pan. I honestly never could find a way to transfer it off the base of the spring form pan so I just set the whole thing on a plate.  We served this with ice cream because we aren’t really that committed to healthy eating.

{Healthy} Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

Recipe ever so slightly adapted from chocolatecoveredkatie.com  

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  • 2 cans chickpeas/garbanzos (drained and rinsed)
  • 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 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar (you could do all of one or the other kind of sugar, this is just what I chose)
  • 1- 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Blend everything (except the chips) very well in a food processor. Mix in chips, and pour into an oiled pan. Cook at 350F for around 35 minutes. Let stand at least 10 minutes before removing from the pan.


  1. Barb says

    Yep, it was amazing! Sweet and desserty, but not rich and make you feel terrible and gross desserty. Yum!

  2. says

    Oh my gosh!!! This is AMAZING!! I have been waiting a sweet treat, but I can’t have anything in the house due to my boyfriend’s non control sweet eating. I am making this on Tuesday for sure!!

  3. adrienneleigh says

    Love this- totally going to give it a try this weekend! Thanks for sharing/posting! Adrienne

  4. Karli says

    Hey Julie I just made this over the weekend for a friend who has a gluten intolerance. She loved it and begged for the recipe. Thanks so much for sharing!