Baking in the kitchen brings back so many great memories. Growing up, my favorite recipe I would make with my mom is chocolate chip cookies. Over the years I’ve been tweaking that original recipe and have come up with a few alternatives over the years. My latest creation are these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip (Chickpea) Cookies. Do you have a favorite family recipe? My mom’s classic chocolate chip cookie recipe is a tried and true recipe in our family. The recipe is typed up on (note: from a typewriter) paper is all torn and there are food spills and stains all over it. That’s what makes it so nostalgic. These cookies are always made when guests are over for any holiday or celebration. It has become a dessert staple in our house. But they are not the healthiest (hello butter-flavored shortening and sugar!). I’m all for sweets in treats in moderation, but it’s fun to recreate a classic with a healthier twist.
Beans have been sneaking into more and more baked goods lately because 1) it can help reduce the amount of flour 2) beans can add a boost of protein and fiber. I used chickpeas since they have a very neutral taste and they match the color of chocolate chip cookies best.
Of course, I had to add peanut butter because peanut butter and chocolate is my favorite combo. And just for fun, I added some chia seeds. I really enjoy the added texture it gives to these cookies. These cookies are a little more dense than your typical chocolate chip cookies. Whip up a batch of these when you are looking for a little treat midweek.
Do you find baking relaxing? There is a reason why! Unwind and bake these Chocolate Chia Espresso Chip Cookies.
After a super long day, I came home and wanted to bake. Baking is so relaxing to me. Is it because “stressed is desserts backwards” or is there a reason why there was a connection between baking and relieving stress?
According to the Massachusetts Public Health Blog, baking is a way to nurture our creative side – something we don’t do enough of. When feeling stressed or anxious, there’s something relaxing about losing yourself in the process of stirring, mixing, and kneading and at the end, treating yourself and others to something made from the soul. Doing something with your hands can be relaxing, similar to squeezing a stress ball or knitting. It helps take your mind off of your troubles, and releases negative energy that’s stored – channeling it into something creative. For some people, the repetitive motion of chopping is calming. Baking is a creative outlet that allows for experimentation. For some, baking is a coping skill to deal with life’s challenges, and a positive one at that – another one to add to your toolbox.
As I was getting creative in the kitchen, I noticed I had used the last of my eggs when I made my favorite Swiss Chard and Mushroom Quiche the day before. Now worries, there are plenty of egg substitutions to use. I love the guide below as some really great egg free alternatives.
In a typical recipe for baked goods, eggs play the role of a binder or a leavening agent. A binder helps hold the recipe together, while a leavening agent helps your baked goodies to rise.
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