Dark Chocolate White Bean Cookies (That Actually Taste DELICIOUS!)

While I like to think I am a far better cook than baker, the boys (like most all little ones) seem to prefer busting out the Kitchen Aid to “mixa, mixa, mixa!” a la Daniel Tiger. Therefore, to ensure all parties are pleased, we attempt to bake as a team. It’s not always pretty (and the mess usually takes longer to clean up than the baked good itself), but we always have fun. And sometimes the food actually turns out quite tasty. 

I only say ‘sometimes’ as I tend to choose “healthy” recipes to experiment with or I tweak them far too much in order to add more nutrition to them. As a result, my 3 year old is not always ready to dive in for seconds. 

At least, that is, until this past weekend. 

Mmmmm... Our latest kitchen success.

Mmmmm… Our latest kitchen success.

As we kicked off our spring break with 6″ of snow, after nearly 90 minutes in the cold, I chose to use the bribe of baking to bring the boys back indoors where I would hopefully regain feeling in my fingers once again. Thankfully, they loved the idea! 

I pulled out a traditional recipe, yet per my usual, began tweaking. Thoug this time it was not because I wanted a healthy treat, but rather because I didn’t have the right ingredients. I was nearly out of butter and had only a measly scoop of white flour… so, I did want any cook would do and began to make-do with what we had on hand.

Whole grain flour for white, beans for butter, dark chocolate for milk chocolate… While I did not exactly shout the fact that I was swapping beans for butter (oddly enough, both ingredients my preschooler is not impressed with), I did invite my little one to strain and puree the beans for me. His comment, “these smell yucky to me!”. Yes, son. Thankfully, we’re adding chocolate and sugar 😉 

The end result? Both boys kept running back into the kitchen begging for another “treat with black” (for whatever reason, all chocolate has been deemed black by my eldest – maybe because I tend to buy the darkest of the dark?). They were so good.

Of course, they are still made with sugar in three forms (white, brown, and chocolate), but for a cookie, they do come blessed with a few nutritious components. All of which make this MommyRD all the happier to serve them. 

Hope you have as much fun mixing up these tasty treats as we have! Here you can witness the gravity my eldest gives to the job of measuring his "gredients".

Hope you have as much fun mixing up these tasty treats as we have! Here you can witness the gravity my eldest gives to the job of measuring his “gredients”.


Dark Chocolate White Bean Cookies

A delicious twist on your traditional chocolate chip cookie. The intense flavor of dark chocolate easily hides any hint of bean in this protein rich dessert!

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Prep Time
20 min

Cook Time
30 min

Prep Time
20 min

Cook Time
30 min

  1. 4 cups whole grain white flour
  2. 1 tsp baking soda
  3. 1 tsp salt
  4. 1 cup white beans, pureed until smooth
  5. 1/4 cup butter or vegan margarine
  6. 3/4 cup granulated sugar, loosely packed
  7. 3/4 cup brown sugar, loosely packed
  8. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 10 ounces mini dark chocolate chips
  11. 1 cup walnuts, ground until fine
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large stand mixer, combine butter, sugars, vanilla and eggs. Beat until smooth.
  4. Slowly pour in dry mixture to the wet.
  5. Add chocolate chips and ground walnuts. Stir until just combined.
  6. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet.
  7. Bake about 10 minutes, or just until golden brown. Allow to cool on waxed paper or wire racks (or just serve them ASAP with a glass of your favorite milk!).
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Jessica Corwin, MPH, RDN

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