Almond Chickpea Cookies – Vegan and Gluten Free

by Marla on May 1, 2011 · 99 comments

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Gluten free almond butter cookies with vegan ingredients

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about these cookies. Not only can they be made in a pinch but it is my first time experimenting with chick pea flour. The texture and subtle flavor this flour adds is like no other. Combined with brown rice flour it is even more dreamy. If you love chickpeas as much as I do I highly recommend baking up a batch of these. Almond butter and finely ground almond meal adds just enough fat to make these cookies rich, yet very sensible.

Easter day 2011 at egg hunt in southern california

People are looking for light bites now that the weather is warming up. We are spending a lot more time outdoors. Not as much time is spent in the house when the skies are bright blue and the flowers are in bloom. When there are white ducks and butterfly dresses we need to celebrate!

Easter day 2011 in southern california park

Right now I am in the moutains for Camp Blogaway. The air is fresh and I am surrounded by wonderful friends. I miss my family but I know that my husband has everything well handled.

Family Fresh Cooking family photo

I crave cookies that give me energy and not steal my thunder. Please don’t freak when I mention the word “chickpeas” and “cookies” I urge you to go with it. These are some of the best cookies I have ever had. They are not too sweet, they are just right. They are also vegan and gluten free. They would make awesome chocolate chip cookies too.

Gluten free almond butter cookies with vegan ingredients

I have been having so much fun visiting my favorite vegan/gluten free bloggers. They always enlighten me with their fabulous creations. Some of my favorites in this realm are Oh She Glows, Love Veggies and Yoga andΒ Elana’s Pantry.

Gluten free almond butter cookies with vegan ingredientsHave y’all seen Elana’s new Gluten Free Cupcake cookbook? Β A delicious round-up of 50 irresistible cupcake recipes made with almond and coconut flour. I’ll share more on this book soon, in the mean time you can grab a copy of your own.

Cookie crumbles with coffee in white cup

Almond Chickpea Cookies

Makes about 14 cookies


  • If you do not have garbanzo flour you could also try using oat flour or corn flour. Here is how to make roasted or unroasted chickpea flour at home.
  • I used smooth natural salted almond butter. Crunchy would be tasty too. Be sure to stir in all the oil that has risen to the top of the jar so you can easily combine the nut butter into the batter.
  • Add some chocolate chips for a slightly more indulgent cookie.


  • 1 cup Garbanzo (Chickpea) Flour
  • 1 cup Brown Rice Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine Sea Salt
  • 1/2 cup Almond Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 full droppers Plain Stevia Drops or adjust sweetness to taste
  • 3/4 cup light unsweetened Coconut Milk


  • 1/4 cup Almond Flour
  • a few pinches of fine Sea Salt
  • a sprinkle of Sucanat or Stevia Powder
Preheat oven to 350˚F with the rack in the middle. Prepare cookie sheet with Silpat or parchment paper. In a medium bowl mix together dry ingredients. In another bowl mix together wet ingredients. Combine wet and dry ingredients to form a batter. Taste the batter and add more sweetener if desired. Make cookie shapes with about 1 1/2 tablespoons of batter per cookie. Flatten with your hands and press almond meal into the tops. Sprinkle on some salt. Bake cookies for about 10-12 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes and then transfer to cooling racks.

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1 Heather (Heather's Dish) May 1, 2011 at 6:10 am

i love how creative you are with your baking! i am scared to death of using anything other than gluten-laden flour but you make it look so simple :)


2 Marla May 1, 2011 at 6:33 am

Heather, don’t be scared I can help take you to the other side! I never though the gluten-free flours would match up either. Now I can’t imagine my world without them. I am determined to incorporate each and every one of these flours into my baking. Stay tuned – before you know it you might just try them πŸ˜‰


3 Katrina May 1, 2011 at 6:17 am

Very cool recipe. This sounds super healthy. I love it!


4 Amanda May 1, 2011 at 6:20 am

YOU ROCK!!! What an ingenius and creative and wonderful recipe… you are just awesome girl!! This is exactly what food should do and look like!! Gorgeous!!

Be blessed-


5 Marla May 1, 2011 at 6:35 am

Amanda: Bet you would wow me with your amazing food styling and baking skills – even with such a simple little brown cookie. Perhaps we should pair up and do a Garbanzo Flour Cookie Cake?? Fun indeed.


6 Courtney May 1, 2011 at 7:21 am

Marla, these sound and look fantastic! Think I could sub sunbutter for the almond?..


7 VeggieGirl May 1, 2011 at 7:24 am

Oh my, this sounds delicious! As do all of your recipes :)


8 Amanda May 1, 2011 at 8:17 am

These sound delicious! I’ve never baked with chickpea flour before, but these cookies just might motivate me to try!


9 Autumn @ Good Eats Girl May 1, 2011 at 8:41 am

Oh, this sounds very interesting! I definitely need to try these….I’ve never used chickpeas for baking!


10 Rosa May 1, 2011 at 9:51 am

Those healthy and original cookies must be divine! I really like the ingredients you used. I really have to try baking with chickpea flour.




11 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. May 1, 2011 at 9:57 am

very cool idea! I hope you had a great conference. Still no power here after 5 days, but I am still commenting on your site. :) Can’t wait to see you in a few weeks


12 Marla May 1, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Alison: Can’t believe you came by to comment…..I hope you and your family are OK??!!


13 Lauren (Diary of a Vegan Girl) May 1, 2011 at 10:06 am

These look amazing! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!


14 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) May 1, 2011 at 10:10 am

I love seeing your creative, healthy recipes for cookies! These look great. I’m really interested in dabbling in some gluten free baking – I need to quit being scared and just do it!


15 Marla May 1, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Liz: You gotta try gluten free baking. It is so freeing and satisfying to learn about this whole other world of ingredients. They taste awesome, are filled with nutrients and somehow feel lighter. Can’t wait to hear what you think when you do.


16 Faith May 1, 2011 at 10:58 am

What a great recipe, Marla! I love healthy treats like this — they satisfy a sweet tooth and nourish your body at the same time. I would love a couple of these cookies and a cup of coffee for an afternoon pick-me-up!


17 Marla May 1, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Faith, they are a great alternative to biscotti. Would be perfect dunkers for coffee. Just the right amount of sweetness indeed!


18 Heather May 1, 2011 at 11:18 am

Hi Marla,

Quick question: I don’t know a whole lot about chickpea flour but I’ve been told you can have roasted or unroasted flour. Which one did you use?



19 Marla May 1, 2011 at 11:46 am

Hi Heather, the chickpea flour I used is from Bob’s Red Mill. On the ingredient list it says “chickpeas and fava beans” it mentions nothing about whether or not it is roasted first. I am curious as well. I bet either would taste great. Let me know what you find.


20 Heather May 1, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Hi again!

Just came across this site that tells you how to make your own chickpea flour (roasted and unroasted!) and describes the differences. ( It seems that the roasted flour has a nuttier and more intense flavor. I would assume that store-bought is more likely to be unroasted (but I could be wrong)!

Also, I forgot to mention above that I cannot wait to make these cookies! They look amazing. Thanks for the recipe!


21 Marla May 1, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Heather: Awesome research, I just linked to this info in the “notes” section of my recipe. Thanks for finding it. I love roasted/toasted flavors. Not sure my blender or food processor would grind those tough little chickpeas though. I should try it. Let me know how the cookies turn out for you.


22 Nikita May 12, 2011 at 8:58 am

I just made my own chickpea flour for this recipe! My food processor couldn’t handle it, but the coffee grinder worked just fine!

23 Sarah May 1, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Ingenious way to use chickpea flour. I would love to reach into my computer and take one. Thanks for the link!


24 Marla May 1, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Ha Sarah! I feel that way very often when I visit everyone’s blogs. Theses cookies would be worth the grab πŸ˜‰ Your meatballs look amazing – well worth the link love.


25 Miri Leigh May 1, 2011 at 12:37 pm

These cookies look wonderful. Great photos!


26 Lynda May 1, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I have never baked with chickpea flour, but now I will. Thanks for the recipe!


27 Marla May 1, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Lynda, you gotta try it and let me know how it goes if you do :)


28 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) May 1, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Marla, you’ve turned into a vegan GF blogger lately with all these awesome, creative recipes! I think it’s great that you’re not into eggs and butter for every recipe. I never used to cook with eggs or butter but I just posted some blondies that are definitely not vegan nor GF. Boy how times have changed. haha!

Anyway, the pictures of them are awesome. And the pic of your family….I love seeing them!

I am so bummed I didnt go to Camp Blogaway after it’s all said and done. I could have used some community and recentering. I am kicking myself. Can’t wait to hear all about it from you!!! :)


29 Marla May 1, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Averie: I will dash over to check out your blondies. I love having the diversity in my ingredients and in the recipes I share with my readers. Baking has been even more fun lately with all the experimentation I have been doing. Almost as if I am learning new foreign languages.
You and I need to map out events much sooner. I signed onto camp last minute and I am very happy I did. Missed you bunches. Next year we can look forward to going together. Such a wonderful community of friends we have and it is great to see them for real. Speaking of which, I will see you in a little over a week. xo


30 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner May 1, 2011 at 4:51 pm

I have heard that you can make your own chickpea flour by grinding dry chickpeas in a blender (like a BlendTec). Have you ever tried that?


31 Marla May 1, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Kathleen: That is really good to know and I bet it would work with a high power blender. I do not have one that could hack through those tough little chickpeas. I have heard great things about the BlendTec and the Vitamix. Let me know how it goes if you try it.


32 Angelique May 9, 2011 at 6:41 am

I tried blending raw chickpeas (that had been soaked and then dehydrated) in a Blendtec and it did not come out nearly as fine and powdery as the besan (chickpea) flour from my local Indian grocery. Mine ended up with small but still quite hard/crunchy bits. It might have done better if I also ran it through a coffee grinder in small batches, but I didn’t go that far.


33 Sanjeeta kk May 1, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Marla..Marla..I think after seeing these vegan cookies YOU are going to be one of my favorite bakers! Love the cookies for the simple ingredients, crisp texture, lovely color, healthy ingredients….Hey, do I need to write more to express my love for these tiny beauties :))


34 Marla May 1, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Sanjeeta, you do not need to write any more words. Those are perfect and they make me smile. Big :)


35 Angie's Recipes May 1, 2011 at 9:44 pm

hehe…I could easily finish all 14 cookies :-)) Those look divine!


36 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen May 1, 2011 at 11:39 pm

I’ve only used chickpea flour before to make Socca (chickpea flour pancakes from the south of France) and I’d love to have a try and see how it works in cookies.


37 Jeanette May 2, 2011 at 3:34 am

Marla, what a nutrient dense vegan gluten free cookie, love it!


38 CookiePie May 2, 2011 at 6:36 am

They look great and sound delicious! Going to email this to a friend with a daughter who has celiac and is allergic to dairy and eggs – it’s perfect! Thanks for sharing!


39 Maria May 2, 2011 at 7:02 am

I am always up for cookies. These look great!


40 tasteofbeirut May 2, 2011 at 7:19 am

Wow! I have been thinking all week of making a cupcake with chickpea flour that I bought at the Indian supermarket; then I saw some Indian sweets and started wanting to make them instead and finally did none! Your cookies look and sound perfect!


41 the urban baker May 2, 2011 at 7:23 am

Marla – these look wonderful. I love the idea of almond butter! Love your new direction and your photos! Miss you mucho!x


42 Maris (In Good taste) May 2, 2011 at 7:28 am

This is new to me and quite ingenious! Can’t wait to try this! Beautifully presented also!


43 brandi@BranAppetit May 2, 2011 at 8:31 am

These sound (and look) so delicious, Marla!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend :)


44 Marla May 2, 2011 at 8:50 am

Hi Brandi! It was a wonderful weekend. Met the bog friends up in the mountains at Camp Blogaway. When am I going to meet you? Are you going to BlogHer Food in Atlanta? Can’t believe it is just over two weeks away. I will be there.


45 Kristen May 2, 2011 at 8:32 am

48 degrees here today. 48! What the heck is up with this weather? I love that you are able to be outdoors, enjoying the sunshine! And these cookies? So yum!


46 Marla May 2, 2011 at 8:46 am

48˚F??!! Oh my, Kristin I wish you guys quick relief from that weather. You are over due Spring blossoms and chirpy birds. Hopefully very soon my friend, hang in there!


47 Brooke May 2, 2011 at 8:55 am

Oh, your sweet Easter pictures! I’m totally digging the chickpea flour. What a fabu way to get your gluten-free on!


48 Marla May 2, 2011 at 9:34 am

Thanks sweet Brooke. I am all about getting my gluten free on these days sister!


49 Jenny Flake May 2, 2011 at 9:21 am

Gorgeous cookies girl!! Your blog just makes me happy, talk soon!


50 HeatherChristo May 2, 2011 at 9:57 am

I am not vegan or gluten-free, but these cookies look delicious all the same. I am going to make them for my recently gluten free dad. Beautiful! Thanks for the recipe!


51 Maria @ Scandifoodie May 2, 2011 at 11:24 am

Delicious! I can’t wait to make these Marla!


52 Shaina May 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I love the idea of chickpea and almonds together in a cookie!


53 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather May 2, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Chickpea and cookie don’t scare me away! Quite the opposite happens, it drew me in. These sound delightful. What would you say a good substitute for the brown rice flour would be? Any other gluten free flour?


54 Marla May 3, 2011 at 5:57 am

Hi Heather, yes you can swap out any other gluten free flour for the brown rice flour. I always love my corn and oat flours. The brown rice one has a heavier flavor. I am so happy that you are not freaked out by the chickpea flour. I know a few folks are. The flavor definitely comes through, so if you LOVE chickpeas then you will most certainly dig these.


55 Wenderly May 2, 2011 at 1:56 pm

You have such a darling family Marla! Seriously. And these cookies sound delish!


56 Marla May 3, 2011 at 5:54 am

Awww, thanks Wendy. *smiles* They are keepers :)


57 averagebetty May 2, 2011 at 3:50 pm

You are a firecracker! And if it’s these cookies that give you your thunder, sign me up :) Wonderful meeting you at Camp Blogaway!


58 Marla May 3, 2011 at 5:53 am

Sara, it was awesome meeting you at camp too! Love your spunk girl :) Are you going to Atlanta for BlogHer Food? That is what’s up next for me. Yup, these cookies give me that “firecracker” energy you speak of. These days I have no time at all for groggy, sleepy foods. Chickpea power.


59 My Man's Belly May 2, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I haven’t made any sweets with my chickpea flour, only savories. But these sound really good and I might just have to try out the sweets now.


60 Marla May 3, 2011 at 4:45 am

Pamela, let me know what you think if you do try this out. I have seen the use of this flour in sweets a lot around the web. I will now be using chickpea flour frequently in my baking. It’s a fun twist, love that the chickpea flavor comes through.


61 Cooking with Coley May 2, 2011 at 5:03 pm

I’ve never heard of chick pea flour, but I am going to have to look for it next time I’m at the market. Thanks for the idea and the beautiful photos!


62 Joanne May 3, 2011 at 5:18 am

I’ve talked to some of my gluten-free friends about gluten-free baking and the consensus is that chickpea flour is THE way to go! These cookies look fantastic! I love baked goods that you can feel good about eating!


63 Marla May 3, 2011 at 5:51 am

Joanne, I am so happy to hear that your GF friends say that. Chickpea flour is loaded with protein, fiber, flavor & it adds awesome texture. Really, I could go on and on. I am now addicted to the stuff. Must make another batch of these cookies pronto! xo


64 carolinaheartstrings May 3, 2011 at 6:13 am

Those cookies look wonderful. What a nice post and great pictures.


65 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 3, 2011 at 9:29 am

Marla, you always make delicious looking baked goods so darn healthy and simple! I love these cookies and all of your fun photos, too. Looks like you are having a wonderful time at Camp Blogaway with your family. Enjoy your time and the rest of your week! :)


66 Dana@TheSundaySweet May 3, 2011 at 5:51 pm

These look amazing and I still can’t get over the chickpeas! Cooking vegan and gluten free kinda makes me nervous. I tend to stick to what I know. Sugar and all purpose flour.

Great post!


67 grace May 3, 2011 at 11:11 pm

the finishing touches are what get me–great cookies (for anyone!), marla. :)


68 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 4, 2011 at 2:17 am

Oh I wish I had seen this before I threw out my bag of chickpea flour. I didn’t quite know what to do with it nad had a bit of a ruthless pantry clean. These look fab! πŸ˜€


69 Marla May 4, 2011 at 5:05 am

Silly girl! Sounds like you need to get a new bag of chickpea flour πŸ˜‰ There is so much you can do with it – especially with your imagination. Sweet or savory, there are gazillions of recipes out there these days using this stuff.


70 Jennifer (Savor) May 4, 2011 at 5:45 pm

I have never used Chickpea Flour – tell me more about it please – the consistency, adv/disadv of using it etc.


71 Marla May 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Jennifer, first things first you gotta like chickpeas to want to use this flour. I love ’em, the flavor comes through & it is fabulous. It has a fine texture that reminds me of a soft shortbread cookie. This flour has a lower carb ratio & higher protein ratio than other flours. Love it.


72 deep May 9, 2011 at 4:19 am

Thanks for sharing. This looks like a very doable recipe! We use a lot of chickpea flour in our home in Indian cooking. I am not at all averse to it, in fact it is easy to use and available!
What I do need to know is a substitute for stevia? I don’t get stevia where I stay and need an easy alternative for now and the quantity that I could use?
Perhaps dates, or date syrup, maple syrup, agave, or even honey. Any suggestions?
Or brown sugar as a last resort. The only reason I ask is to ensure the texture is not compromised according to your recipe.
Thanks again!


73 Marla May 9, 2011 at 6:28 am

Hi Deep, I don’t think you would compromise the texture at all with the sweeteners you mention. My advice would be to start with about 4 tablespoons and then adjust to taste. These cookies are not super sweet. The baking time might adjust a smidge too, but I think your results would be fabulous. I would love to try these with maple or sucanat to add to the earthy flavors. Please come back around and let me know if you try without the stevia. I would like to know how much sweetener you add and the baking time. Thanks so much and good luck!


74 Liz May 9, 2011 at 5:36 am


I just discovered familyfreshcooking via ohsheglows and I have only spent a few minutes browsing but I must say I am delighted! When I noticed the almond chickpea recipe I had to stop and review. On today’s agenda is making a cookie with chickpeas. Originally, I was making them based on a cookie dough dessert hummus recipe but you have just added to my inspiration. :) I recently started started a food & fitness blog at Please stop by & check it out sometime. I would love to hear from you!

Can’t wait to try a version of the cookies and find more delicious recipes!!



75 Marla May 9, 2011 at 6:08 am

Thanks Liz! So glad you stopped by. That cookie dough dessert hummus sounds neat too. Let me know what you end up baking. Chickpea flour has become one of my all time favorites! I’ll check out your blog too, congrats on the launch. Look out girl, it’s a fun ride πŸ˜‰


76 Ana May 9, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I am new to your blog, just found it and really like! This recipe looks and sounds so good, and I love chickpea flour!
I haven’t used brown rice flour yet, even though is the next flour I want to try and experiment with, so do you think I could I sub oat flour in the cookies? Is brown rice flour lighter or heavier than oat flour? (I mean more in terms of in baked goods…). I love oats, oat flour and everything made with it, so I was thinking of using it to make these cookies, but I don’t want them to be too dense (which sometimes can happen when using chickpea flour)
Thanks for sharing such delicious recipes!


77 Nikita May 13, 2011 at 5:53 am

I just made a chocolatey version of these and put the recipe up on my blog! (I gave you credit for the original though!) They were really yummy and I loved how they didn’t produce the dreaded “sugar crash” that some cookies do.


78 Marla May 13, 2011 at 6:20 am

Nikita, love your adaptations for these cookies. I must try that quinoa flour, have a bag of it in my pantry now. We love not having that dreaded sugar crash!


79 Mariko June 28, 2011 at 1:03 pm

These do sound good to me, actually. I love chickpeas, so why not in cookies??? I just saw some garbanzo bean blondies and they sounded delish.
(maybe I’m just a sucker for anything sweet…)

So, I made some cookies last night with stevia and they tasted sickeningly sweet to me. I had trouble getting the taste out of my mouth. Is it different with the liquid dropper version?


80 Marla June 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Mariko, sorry to hear about the stevia mishap. What product did you use? I only use ones that do not have gobs of bulking agents. If it tells you to use the same quantities as you would table sugar than those are not the ones I use here. Such small quantities go in my recipes and they do make things quite sweet – but delicious! I always recommend that folks sweeten my recipes to taste and make adjustments from there. I give general guidelines using only the products that I link to. I cannot speak for others.
You gotta try the chickpea cookies….LOVE :)
Chickpea blondies sound fabulous – I must come up with a recipe for those.


81 betty October 20, 2011 at 8:32 pm

this looks great my friend would love these she cant have gluten thank u :)


82 Ellie December 13, 2011 at 6:47 pm

These look so interesting! Are there possible subs for the coconut milk?

I love your site!


83 Karen February 6, 2012 at 6:58 am

Can I substitute coconut oil for the almond butter? Or is the almond butter like peanut butter?


84 Marla February 6, 2012 at 7:31 am

Hi Karen, the almond butter is just like peanut butter :)


85 Ellen (Gluten Free Diva) August 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

These look great! Reminds me of how the Babycakes GF cookbook uses a lot of chickpea flour. I’m definitely going to give these a try. Thanks! LOVE your blog! I’m a new visitor and will definitely return!


86 jessie November 1, 2012 at 12:49 am

Hi Marla made these today and what a treat. will do again. I was just wondering whether 2 egg whites would be okay I know that its vegan the beaten whites, would make a meringue texture. What do you think. I will definately try again.


87 Marla November 1, 2012 at 6:07 am

Try it Jessie, in my opinion egg makes everything better! If you do please let us know how they turned out :)


88 Paige Newman November 14, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Thanks for the recipe! Just made these with 4 tbsp coconut nectar. They are good but not sweet enough. Very moist and feel healthy going down though!


89 Marla November 15, 2013 at 3:45 am

Cool! I’ve never used coconut nectar ~ must try!


90 Angela November 15, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I just made these. My cousin gave me a bag of chickpea flour and I was trying to find something to do with it. I used chickpea flour and oat flour (oats in blender), sucanat instead of stevia. I also added raw walnuts & choc chips inside and ground almonds, sucanat and sea salt on top. YUM!


91 Marla November 15, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Love your adaptations Angela ~ must try!


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