White Bean (YES!) Oatmeal Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate-Chip (and Bean!) Cookies Gluten-Free

How about a chocolate chip cookie that has 75% less butter (margarine, oil, etc.) than most recipes, yet is incredibly delicious and moist? Do I have your attention? Okay, I probably had your attention with the title of this post.

BEANS? Beans in cookies!

Yeah, my husband freaked out when he saw what I was up to in the kitchen. But, I’ll ask of you the same thing I asked of him. Just try it.

Yep, that’s his hand there…trying one, then two…and maybe even three white bean oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. 

So what’s the deal with white bean cookies? In this recipe, which has been spotted on Self and Epicurous to name a few spots,  Idaho State University researchers in Pocatello replaced 75 percent of the butter with beans to create cookies with 105 calories and 3 fat grams (compared with 150+ calories and 7 fat grams).

Now that’s science I can get behind 😉

Oatmeal Chocolate-Chip (and Bean!) Cookies

Honestly, not only are these cookies AWESOME – they fill you up so fast. It isn’t the kind of cookie that makes you want more and more. You’re getting a pretty big bite of protein and it hits the spot.

You can click through for the original recipe (link at bottom of post), which included white flour and more sugar. In my version, I only use oat flour and I took the sugar down a notch as well. My whole family loved them! I actually think they make a wonderful post-work out snack considering the protein aspect.

So, when you’re craving something sweet this weekend, try this recipe! You probably even have a can of white beans sitting in your cupboard just waiting to take centre stage. 

Enjoy friends and let me know what you think!

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White Bean (YES!) Oatmeal Chocolate-Chip Cookies

  • Yield: 3 dozen 1x


  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned gf oats
  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour (grind gf oats until smooth like flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup drained great Northern, cannellini or any white beans
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets.
  3. In a food processor or grinder, grind 1 1/2 cups old-fashion oats until ground but not powdery (this is NOT your flour). Combine with oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. In a clean blender or food processor, puree beans and 2 Tbsp of water. Combine bean puree, butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a separate bowl and beat well. With the mixer on low speed, beat in oat and flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips by hand. Drop batter (by the tablespoon) onto baking sheets. Bake 15 to 17 minutes until centers are firm and edges are lightly browned. Transfer to wire rack to cool.


This is an adaptation of the original recipe spotted here: http://www.self.com/food/recipes/2004/09/oatmeal-chocolate-chip-and-bean-cookies/


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 105
  • Fat: 3 g
Emily Smith

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  1. I have to admit, I’m rather skeptical about adding beans to cookies! The thought of it just makes me say “ewww”. That being said, after looking at your photos, and knowing I trust your opinion, I have no doubt these are probably delicious!

  2. Actually they are pretty good. They came out about 2″ ball cookies, a bit small and not as sweet as other oatmeal cookies. I may toss a smidgen more sugar, salt, vanilla, and maybe butter. They are worth trying and a very healthy snack. Plan to go hiking and may take these energy boosters to help me up the mountain. I was looking for a high protein snack to hand out to the homeless. They love oatmeal cookies, so I shall try these on them. I wonder, could you use soybeans? They, have like 60 to 70 grams of protein for a cup.

  3. Thanks for this! I made it with my nephew yesterday in the thermomix. Such fun! I put in some spices (2tsp each of cinnamon, ginger, 1 tsp nutmeg), which I’d recommend – I wonder if it’d taste a bit bland otherwise.
    we used 1 egg + 1/2c peanut butter.
    Do you think substituting half the sugar for mashed banana would work, to cut down on refined sugar?
    …and any suggestions for choc chip substitutes? Would dried fruit work?

  4. Oh ya! These are great breakfast cookies! I put golden raisins instead and put one pecan on top just cause..yum! Thanks for the recipe!

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