Monday, October 24, 2011

GNIPL and Vegan Cookie Pie

GNIPL - /nip-pull/ - acronym for: Girls Night In Pot Luck; definition 1. a Saturday night when awesome women descend upon a home, scrumptious food in hand to eat their faces off 2. a Saturday night when women descend upon a home and drink wine, talk, dance and laugh their asses off.

This was my Saturday night...GNIPL (acronym coined by my friend Kate).  There is something about girlfriends that can turn your heart and head around in an instant.  I was having a rough weekend, missing my husband something fierce and feeling rammy and cooped up in the house because of the rain.  I felt whole and renewed at the end of the night, albeit tired after calling it a night much later than I am used to.

I am positive that most of the problems in this world could be solved if people sat around and ate amazing food, sipped wine and topped off their night with a decadent dessert...and of course lots of laughter. 

Crispy Kale & Tofu, Falafel, Pumpkin Hummus & Homemade Applesauce

Mmm, mm, mm...lucky me for having such awesome girlfriends/cooks in my life. We ate until there was little chance of fitting anything else into our tummies; and then we ate dessert.

The next day I found myself staring at an enormous bowl of chickpeas, since I had soaked too many from the falafel I made for GNIPL.  Hmm...what could I do with these?  Well, heck, why not make a chocolate chip cookie pie?

Mind you, this was not my idea, but a brilliant idea nonetheless.  I found the recipe here on Chocolate Covered Katie's blog.  You will not believe how good this tastes until you try it yourself.  I brought it into work today and didn't tell a soul what was in it.  It got rave reviews from all...then a bunch of dirty looks when I fessed up.  But...then more raving.  So go ahead and make.  Its "healthy" chocolate chip cookie pie, but so good you'll never miss the flour, butter or eggs.  Go ahead and try it!  I double  triple dog dare you!

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

By Chocolate Covered Katie (minor adaptations made)


2 cans (500 grams) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup quick cooking oats
1/4 cup applesauce (I used sweetened, and then reduced sugar from original recipe)
3 T canola oil
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 and 1/4 cups brown sugar 
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.  Put all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor and blend until very well mixed . Stir in chocolate chips and pour into an oiled springform pan.  Bake for 35 minutes or until well set and pie pulls slightly away from the edge of pan. Let cool 10 minutes on wire rack and then remove from pan.
Eat it!


  1. Awww! I had so much fun on Saturday! And as much as I didn't want to, I really loved that chick pea pie! :) - Jen

  2. Who knew that chickpeas could make such an amazing dessert?! Sounds like you had a great evening. We all need those recharge nights!!!

  3. I love the acronym and that your night was vegan.
    I just found your blog and it is wonderful :)

  4. Sounds like you have a great time with your friends,how fun! Your pie has very unique ingredients. I would love to try that sometime. I am a bean fanatic and to have the option to add chickpeas in a dessert is wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I am totally going to give this a try. I love baking without flour, which can be tricky. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I have never cooked with chick peas like that...was it really good? I am really curious now! Thanks for the post!

  7. I whipped up this little number tonight for my 3 vegan kiddos and WHAT A HIT!! Being a plant based family we are always seeking out and trying new fun recipes that kids can relate to...a chocolate chip cookie pie was right up our alley! I would serve this to anyone vegan or not without hesitation - make it a party game, don't tell them the secret ingredient is CHICKPEAS!! It will *WOW* the crowd!

  8. This pie sounds delicious. I particularly like the chickpea addition to the pie!

  9. That is one impressive-looking cookie pie! Looks freakin delicious!

  10. Oh my, that looks like a delicious cake! :) I've had some excellent vegan cakes, this recipe looks like a keeper!

  11. Now I am intrigued. I have had black bean brownies but never chickpea chocolate chip cookies. Guess I will have to try them! Thanks for sharing. :)

  12. I am prepared to eat that in one bite.

  13. I must bake that cake! I love baking with beans :) Great recipe!

  14. I've seen a couple recipes around that call for chickpeas when making chocolate chip cookies. I am so intrigued to try this!


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