Yummy Chickpea Candies


My new dessert for today is candy made with chickpeas, dates and walnuts. This is amazingly simple recipe – actually, you just got the idea of main ingredients from the previous sentence ☺! It takes just a couple minutes to make – and then you can enjoy this healthy and yummy dessert:) The main benefit of these candies is that you can eat them all without feeling guilty. This is a real guilt-free dessert!


A bit more about virtues: my “garbanzo” candies are high in fiber, manganese, while very low in saturated fat – and all these just for 68 calories per candy! There is no sugar involved – dates add all the sweetness. Thanks to the ingredients, this dessert has a low hypoglycemic index, which will allow you to avoid sugar cravings and stay full longer.

Try this recipe, and I am sure you will fall in love after the first bite – that’s exactly what happened to me ☺



Chickpeas, canned – 2/3 cup (~1 can)
Walnuts, pieces – ¼ cup
Dates – 5
Cinnamon, ground – ½ tsp
Rum – 1 tbsp (optional)*
Cocoa powder – 2 tbsp

*You can use cognac or your favorite liqueur – or completely omit any alcohol. I know alcohol is supposed to be bad for your health but I just really like the flavor added by rum to my candies ☺


1. Rinse chickpeas. I use canned chickpeas, but you can cook them by yourself (how-to instruction).
2. Mix all the ingredients except the cocoa in the food processor until smooth.
3. Form small balls, roll in cocoa (or chopped nuts, sesame, coconut flakes)
4. Cool in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours (or in the freezer for 10 minutes.)

Basic information:
▪ Prep time: 5 min
▪ Total time: 15 min (or 1 hr if you chill the dessert in the fridge)
▪ Serves: 8
▪ WW (Weight Watchers PointPlus) = 2



Have you ever tried to make desserts with veggies? Carrots, beets, beans anyone?

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  • Jonathan says:

    I have a dream of making carrot or beet macaroons (not the French macaroni), instead of coconut , but it has gone badly.
    See my blog for details.

    November 21, 2014 at 11:56 pm
  • Emma says:

    hi from Armenia!
    made them this morning, and they are amazing! made my mom taste and guess what is that, she absolutely loved them and was very surprised knowing the main ingredient is the chickpea!

    April 25, 2014 at 3:45 am
  • HF75 says:

    How about replacing dates with a ripe banana?

    December 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm
    • Lana says:

      You can try but since banana is less viscous than dates, your candies may turn out soggy.

      – Lana

      December 20, 2013 at 10:04 am
  • Hannah says:

    Does the cocoa powder go into the food processor too, or are the 2 tbsp cocoa powder for rolling the mixture into?

    May 19, 2013 at 10:56 am
    • Lana says:

      Hi Hannah,

      all the cocoa is used for rolling the mixture into. The brown powder you can see in the photo above is cinnamon.

      Thanks for your question!

      – Lana

      May 19, 2013 at 8:20 pm
      • Hannah says:

        Oh! Well the instructions said to put all ingredients into the food processor. So it was kind of confusing. I ended up putting the cocoa powder into the food processor with everything else, but it still tasted great!

        Next time I’ll try it without the cocoa powder and see how it turns out.

        May 19, 2013 at 11:11 pm
        • Lana says:

          Yes, thanks for catching this, I corrected the text.

          I’m glad you liked the candies!


          May 19, 2013 at 11:27 pm
  • Bonnie says:

    I just made these and WOW they are super good!!! Thanks for posting this recipe :-)

    February 1, 2013 at 11:50 am
  • Kyra (Scribbles & Sprinkles) says:

    NO WAY! I love chickpea desserts! This is awesome 😀

    January 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm
  • Isabella says:

    totally new to me….but they are looking so yummy, like truffles.. I am going to give it a try.

    January 16, 2013 at 5:17 pm
  • Lauren says:

    What an inventive idea! I’m sharing on my FB page! :-)

    January 12, 2013 at 9:04 am

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