Oatmeal and chickpea flour cookies

In the Lebanese kitchen, chick peas and lentils are the King and Queen of legumes; you will find hundreds of dishes using these two.

I grew up snacking on grilled chickpeas or kdaameh; even now, if you browse inside a Middle-Eastern market, you will find grilled chickpeas sold in pound bags next to almonds, pistachios and dried fruits, andcandied grilledchick peas coated in colored pastel sugar.

However, unlike, say, Indians or even Italians or Southern French or Persians, we do not use chickpea flour. There are a few things I have been wanting to make, like the French socca or the Italian  farinata or the Indian boondhi laddoo.

Where does one find chickpea flour? In Indian markets, definitely. Online, in health food stores, in  Middle-Eastern markets.

Question? Do these taste like chickpeas? NO.

You cannot detect the flavor of chickpeas in these cookies. They are sweet (not too sweet), rustic and moist and chewy with a faint taste of butterscotch. These cookies are full of fiber from the combined benefits of oats and chickpea flour.

Interested in the nutritional value of chickpeas? Click here.


  • 3  cups of oatmeal (organic if possible)
  • 1 cup of chickpea flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt, baking powder and baking soda
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1/3 cup of date molasses (can substitute grape or carob or apple)
  • 2/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter (can substitute oil)
  • 3 tablespoons of tahini
  • 1 cup of dark chocolate, chopped in small chunks (or chips) (4 ounces of chocolate or 124 g.)

NOTE: Instead of chocolate, these cookies would be wonderful with chopped raisins or dates or dried apricots.


  1. Place 2 cups of oatmeal in the bowl of a food processor. Process until it looks like flour. Add the chickpea flour and pulse to combine. Add the salt, baking powder, baking soda and cardamom and process to combine well. Transfer to a bowl and add the remaining cup of oatmeal and mix with a spoon to combine. Place the chocolate on a cutting board and cut into chunks with a sharp knife. Set aside.
  2. Place the stick of butter and the brown sugar, date molasses in the bowl of the food processor; process to combine and until it looks like a rich caramel. Add the egg, tahini, vanilla and mix until the mixture is creamy; add the banana,  flour mixture and pulse to combine and finally add the chocolate chunks in a few pulses. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and cover and refrigerate for on hour or longer.
  3. Place parchment paper on baking sheets and mounds of cookie dough formed with a cookie dough scooper. Preheat the oven to 350F (180 C) and bake for 15 minutes or until the cookies are puffed up but still very soft; check the underside; if it is browned, remove them from the oven. Cool a few minutes and serve.

NOTE: These cookies are moist (from the molasses and brown sugar); however, the next day they are still chewy but begin to lose their moistness; so the best way is to bake them as needed and keep a few balls of dough in a ziploc bag in the freezer.



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  1. Posted May 13, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    A very interesting combination! I’m sure those cookies are extremely enjoyable.



  2. Posted May 14, 2011 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    Bet these are good there is such an interesting combination of flavours here. Diane

  3. Posted May 14, 2011 at 2:17 am | Permalink

    What a genious recipe!!!! I have never thought to use chickpea flour in cookies!

  4. Posted May 14, 2011 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    Oatmeal and chickpea..I love the combination! They must taste really good.

  5. Posted May 14, 2011 at 6:26 am | Permalink

    I love your imagery of King and Queen – lovely, as our these cookies!

  6. Posted May 14, 2011 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    Thanks for this one, Joumana – I’ll be giving it a try.
    I have a choc-chip cookie recipe somewhere that has pureed, canned chickpeas in it that I sometimes make for my kids. They know that the cookies aren’t quite what they expected, but have yet to work out what it is that’s different.

  7. Posted May 14, 2011 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    Love your description of these cookies. Interesting combinations.

    Do you know if chickpea flour is considered gluten-free?

  8. Posted May 14, 2011 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    They sound healthy and delicious – a wonderful combination!

  9. Posted May 14, 2011 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    ça doit être top avec des abricots séchés !!pierre

  10. Posted May 14, 2011 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    I love oatmeal cookies and these look great. The chickpea flour is a wonderful way to add so much nutrition…great idea, Joumana!

  11. Posted May 14, 2011 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    I have found your blog thanks foodgawker and I can say that I love it ;))))) Great recipes and lovely pictures!! I’ll surely come back as soon as possible to visit you again :))) Have a nice day, Erika from Italy

  12. Joumana
    Posted May 14, 2011 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    @Victor: Yes, I believe it is; chickpeas don’t have any gluten

  13. Posted May 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Interesting, I never thought of using chickpea flour in cookies. I love it for dumplings and all sort of savoury things. Thanks for the idea!
    I just discovered grilled, salted chickpeas as a snack. They are used also in Southern Italy but I have to say the Middle East ones are better. They are very filling, I love them.

  14. Posted May 14, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    I just ordered chickpea flour last week and it came yesterday. I think it’s fate.I know I will make these.

  15. Posted May 14, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    I love using chickpea flour in baking. These cookies sound so yummy, I can’t wait to try them!

  16. Posted May 19, 2011 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    What an original cookie recipe, they look wonderful :)

  17. Eleonora
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    These cookies are soooooo good! Thanks for the idea.

  18. Satutatu
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    This looks like an incredible recipe – I just found a shop that sells chickpea flour and I was trailing the internet for tasty sweet but healthy recipes and this sounds like the best so far! Can’t wait to try it, but I have one important question:
    - How much oil (or applesauce) if I want to substitute the butter?

  19. Joumana
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    @ Satutatu: That is a valid question, i should have noted the volume of oil. I’d say 1/2 cup, since it is equivalent to 4 oz of butter/ can you use shortening?

  20. Jessica
    Posted July 20, 2014 at 4:43 am | Permalink

    These sound wonderful, but I can’t eat banana. Is there something I could substitute? applesauce, possibly reduced a bit?

  21. Joumana
    Posted July 20, 2014 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    @Jessica: Sure, applesauce would be a fine substitute! Let me know if you decide to try it. Cookies are pretty foolproof anyway. :)

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