When life gives you chickpeas, make truffles. Or cookies. Or bars. Or hummus. Either way, chickpeas are my absolute fav ingredient to cook and bake with (or just straight up eat out of the can, let’s be honest).
After a hard workout, sometimes I’m all on board with cooking up a healthy, nutritious, well-balanced meal with a ton of whole grains and veggies. And sometimes I’m exhausted and have to be at class in 5 minutes and have no time to make anything and all I want is a cookie. Well ALL YOU COLLEGE ATHLETES LIKE ME WHO HAVE NO TIME TO WORRY ABOUT ONE MORE THING, I present to you: The Raw Trail Mix Truffle.
Chickpeas are super awesome after a workout because they’re one of the few foods that naturally have that ideal 3:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio. After working out, an appropriate amount of carbohydrate will help restore muscle glycogen levels, while protein will help promote muscle synthesis and promote recovery. The 3:1 ratio (or 4:1, it’s just an approximate) is perf for helping athletes recover quickly (don’t believe me, click here.
Chickpeas are also a great gluten-free source of fiber and can be used to replace flour in some recipes. They’re also high in iron (HELLO athletes), magnesium, vitamin B6, and research has shown that a diet high in chickpeas lowers in amount of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in the blood (link).
Now to the actual recipe. Because if there is one thing I’ve learned from all my years of cooking and baking and eating hummus for just about every meal, it’s that you can never have too much of this versatile little bean in your life.
- 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- ½ cup oats
- ⅓ cup flaxseed
- ½t salt
- ⅓ cup honey
- ½ cup chunky peanut butter
- 2t pure vanilla extract
- ¼ cup raisins
- ¼ cup chopped peanuts
- Combine chickpeas and oats in a food processor. Pulse to combine.
- Add flaxseed and salt to the food processor and combine.
- Add honey, peanut butter, and vanilla and mix all ingredients.
- Once combined, transfer to a large mixing bowl and fold in raisins. Additional chopped peanuts can be added is desired.
- Form into small, bite-size truffles. Refrigerate before serving to help truffles stick together.